We’ll be starting a new series on the JGS Blog in which we shine a spotlight on the history of some of Land Rover’s most iconic vehicles. We’re starting off with the Range Rover Sport, but first…
The Land Rover Range Stormer concept was designed as a sport tourer SUV. Unveiled at the 2004 North American International Auto Show, it made history as Jaguar Land Rover’s first concept show car. The Range Stormer is now currently on display at Gaydon Heritage Centre.
Although there were no plans to build this vehicle, a lot of similar design lines were used in the Range Rover Sport.
Range Rover Sport (L320)
Much as Discovery was built on Range Rover running gear back in 1989, the Range Rover Sport was built on Discovery 3 running gear. The new model was launched by Chief Designer Richard Wooley in the Range Rover line up at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2005.
The ‘Sport’ was Land Rover’s first entry into the burgeoning performance SUV market. It was built to be a smaller, sportier edition of the Range Rover, while still maintaining the overall DNA of the Land Rover brand. Being great on road and supremely capable off road, few can match the Range Rover Sport’s talents.
You could choose between a 2.7 litre V6 Diesel, or for petrol lovers, you could have a 4.4 or Supercharged 4.2 V8 petrol- the 4.4 phased out, but in 2009 the Supercharged was replaced with the 5.0 Supercharged 503 Bhp with an impressive 0-62 in 5.9 seconds.
Terrain Response was something talked about with the Range Rover Stormer concept and first appeared on the 2005 Land Rover Discovery 3. It was fitted into the Range Rover Sport as a convenient control system that allows the driver to make the most of the vehicle’s on and off road capabilities. It’s like having a driving expert in the vehicle with you for the journey.
The Range Rover Sport has been in the spotlight numerous times since its conception. The G4 Challenge, a global 4 time zone adventure competition, included the vehicles amongst other Land Rover models. All the vehicles were in a very distinctive Tangiers Orange (LRC.761). In 2008, James Bond is seen driving two Range Rover Sports, HSE models, in the film Quantum of Solace.
In 2009, the New York Motor show featured the 2010 Sport with a more aerodynamic front end, including grill and bumper, and revised rear lights and rear bumper. It also featured three new engines including a direct injected, all aluminum 5 litre, naturally aspirated V8 petrol 375hp, 375ft lbs torque and a supercharged 510 BHP, 461ft lbs torque, along with a heavily revised 3 litre version of the current 2.7 engine. The TDV6 produces 240hp, 440ft lbs torque, parallel sequential turbocharges – a single variable geometry turbocharger and a single fixed turbocharger which is only activated when required.
Range Rover Sport Second Generation (L494)
With an all-new suspension and an RRS much lighter than the old one (weighing up to 420kg less), this second generation model is always rearing to go. Meanwhile, mud-bashers will be happy to know that the RRS also has a wading depth of 850mm, an increase of 150mm over the previous generation. Like the new Range Rover L405, the second generation Range Rover Sport has Terrain Response 2. There is a little more to it, but it’s essentially and automatic version of Terrain Response 1.
Range Rover Sport SVR
At Pebble Beach on 11th August 2014, the Range Rover Sport SVR was announced. Tangerine Films had the job of producing the launch film for the showcase of Special Vehicle Operation role in Land Rover. There’s no better way to showcase the power of this vehicle than on a really wet Silverstone race track. Watch the video here.
550 PS – 680 NM Torque – 0-60 MPH in 4.5 seconds
We’ll end this spotlight series on the Range Rover Sport with a video to get you enthusiasts excited! Turn your sound on, sit back and enjoy the footage from 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed as the SVR Range Rover Sport in its red, white and blue livery, comes out the crate hot from development at the Nürburgring Test Centre in Germany. You Tube link here – Enjoy