Range Rover Sport 2013 Review
The Range Rover Sport 2013 has been recently revealed, boasting a few minor upgrades, but when compared with the previous model not much has changed. After all, the Range Rover Sport is successful as it is and the only changes brought forth are only meant to keep it fresh. Why fix what isn't broken?
Under its hood the US version of the Range Rover Sport 2013 comes with two engine variants, the 5.0 liter V8 developing 375 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque, and a beefed up version of the same V8 engine rated at 510 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque.
The European version will come with a choice between two diesel engines rated at 208 and 252 horsepower respectively. In terms of transmission, the V8 gas engines will be mated with a ZF six-speed automatic transmission, whereas the European diesel engines will be coupled with a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The 2013 model comes with a choice of five colors including Barolo, Barossa, Causeway, Havana and Mariana, the Supercharged models will get red Brembo brake calipers and a new set of 5-spoke allow wheels as standard, whereas the Sport variant will come with black painted calipers as an optional extra.
On the interior the new model comes with a Harmon Kardon audio system and the usual 7 inch dual-view infotainment system.
We've mentioned before something about the "Supercharged" model so we should shed some light on the matter. Alongside the standard variant, the 2013 Range Rover will also come with two limited edition trim levels, including the Supercharged and the GT Limited Edition.
The Supercharged variant received additional red accents to match the red Brembo calipers and a red "Sport" badge at the back, while on the interior it offers red logos and carbon fiber elements instead of wood inserts.
Only 500 Supercharged Limited Edition units will be built, 300 of which will be painted in Santorini Black and 200 in Fuji White.
The Range Rover Sport GT Limited Edition offers a new set of 20-inch five-spoke black painted wheels, a roof spoiler and a modified exhaust on the exterior, whereas the interior receives a steering wheel with paddle shifters and a LOGIC77 audio system. Unlike theSupercharged edition, 750 GT models will be built in total, with 450 units painted in Santorini Black and 300 units in Fuki White.
No information has been revealed regarding the price of the new models, but the Sport variant should have a starting price of roughly $80,000, and as usual it will have to compete against its key competitors: the BMW X5, Audi Q7 and the Infiniti FX50.
- Five new paint finishes offer greater customer choice
- Striking new alloy wheel design
- Red Brembo brake callipers for Supercharged model
- Wider choice of interior colour combinations
- New carbon fibre veneer pack
For 2013, the Range Rover Sport consolidates its position as the most dynamic and luxurious sports tourer in its class with fresh new colours and a greater choice of interior trim and alloy wheel designs.
"The Range Rover Sport was substantially revised in 2011 with major powertrain enhancements and raised equipment levels to reinforce its outstanding breadth of capability. This year we're going one step further, offering even more choice with some great new colour combinations and detail improvements to redefine the Range Rover Sport's class-leading levels of comfort and customer appeal," says John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.
To complement the exterior design changes updated at 2012 model year, a striking new five-spoke cast alloy wheel design in Sparkle Silver and five new body colours provide customers with even greater levels of choice when it comes to enhancing the look of their Range Rover Sport: Barolo, Barossa, Causeway, Havana and Mariana are all introduced for 2013. Customers opting for the Supercharged model will discover stunning Red Brembo brake callipers fitted as standard with the option of reverting back to black high performance brakes at no additional cost.
The interior specifications offer two new interior trim combinations allowing customers to choose a dark upper cabin environment with lighter coloured seats or the opposite way round. Customers can also opt for a new carbon veneer pack, adding a sharp, contemporary look to the interior.
Introduced at 2012 model year, the Range Rover Sport comes equipped with the highest level of audio equipment. The High-Ice Harmon Kardon system delivers 380W of sound from a total of 11 speakers whilst the premium Harmon Kardon Logic system produces an astonishing 825W from no less than 17 speakers. The 7-inch touchscreen provides customers with the option of Dual View technology, allowing the driver to view the navigational display and the passenger to watch a DVD. Advanced features include a hard disc drive music server and Land Rover's unique "Say What You See" voice recognition system with screen prompts.
An outstanding Range Rover Sport engine line-up remains unchanged for 2013. The 3.0-litre EU5 diesels match effortless performance with high efficiency. The 256PS has a maximum torque of 600Nm and CO2 emissions of 230g/km whilst the 211PS provides 520Nm and 224g/km. The 245PS 3.0-litre with 6-speed transmission is fitted in markets where EU4 emissions regulations remain in force.
The naturally aspirated 5.0-litre petrol produces 375PS with 510Nm torque and the flagship 5.0-litre Supercharged, a stunning 510PS with 625Nm torque. CO2 emissions are 327g/km and 348g/km respectively. All engines drive through unrivalled ZF automatic gearboxes, the EU5 diesels coupled to the ZF 8HP70 8-speed and the petrol engines, the ZF HP28 6-speed. Gears are selected by the rotary gear shifter and steering wheel paddle shift.