The new Range Rover Sport has landed, and land rover call it “Visceral, dramatic and uncompromising”.
Deep rooted; probably not because there is a lot of fatty tissue around its internal organs, but because it evokes a deep-seated emotion in us when we drive it.
Dramatic; not because it took acting classes or appeared in a theater show, but because it looks dramatic.
uncompromisingly; probably not because he argues and disagrees with you, but because those who buy him are unwilling to compromise by buying another SUV.
When it first hit the streets in 2005, with that boxy, masculine looks, the RR Sport set the trend for fast, sporty, muscular SUVs. It even gave Lamborghini a run for their money in the rap video scene.
With the 2023 model, Land Rover has opted for a more minimalistic, Velar-inspired styling, both on the outside and inside. Here are some of the best bits, features you can’t quite see on the surface.
Collision and speed monitoring
Safety is high on the buyer’s list of a Range Rover. Aside from all the normal safety-related bells and whistles found in most cars these days, the RR Sport has a few more tricks up its sleeve. Such as Rear Collision Monitor, a radar system built into the rear of the car that can detect a potential collision. Basically, if the driver behind it doesn’t brake, an alarm sounds and the hazard lights come on, preparing the cab for a collision.
Another cool feature, which has been around for a while, but is still very useful, is Traffic Sign Recognition. Especially for those of us with a heavy right foot. The Sport has a forward-facing camera in the rear-view mirror, which detects a variety of traffic signs and sends warning information to the driver via the instrument panel. Very useful if you want to save money on speeding fines.
Terrain Response 2.0
When you get close to 100 major shelling on an RR Sport† you don’t really want to spend more money on a 4×4 driving course to learn the complexities of off road driving. You just want to get in and drive to places wherever the mood takes you.
Land Rover’s Terrain Response system (in automatic mode) does just that. It analyzes the terrain you are on and adjusts the car’s gearbox, speed, brakes and suspension to your location. It even drives down a hill while you take a nap in the driver’s seat if you want. Not that we recommend that, but you get the idea, right?
Dynamic air suspension and active dynamics
Ride quality is something Land Rover is proud of. They’ve been making off-road vehicles for decades and they sure know how to set up suspension systems. The new RR Sport inherits Land Rover’s MLA-Flex architecture. Not only is the chassis designed to be more forgiving on the road, but it’s strong enough to be stiff off the beaten track.
Here are some of the things that are happening below you; Dynamic Air Suspension, this automatically strengthens or loosens the suspension. It works in tandem with what Land Rover calls Dynamic Response Pro, which prevents the car from leaning too far and rolling away. Active Dynamics taps into these two, checking all the different mechanical parts (500 times per second) and making the necessary adjustments to control body movements.
Commanding driving position
Range Rovers are known for their impressive driving positions. What’s not to like about sitting high? Above other motorists, royal families and VIPs absolutely love it. When you choose a Range Rover, you expect excellent visibility and acres of glass from which to enjoy the panoramic view of the mountains as you drive on the school track each morning.
Intelligent AWD with powertrain dynamics
If you live in a location where the weather is bad, it’s nice to have a vehicle that can drive through a heavy rainstorm or major snow storm. So the RR Sports All-Wheel Drive (AWD), coupled with its Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) is there to help you get out of a tricky situation. These systems work together to determine how much power each wheel needs, and they are programmed to react quickly if they notice the vehicle is losing traction.
Active Noise Canceling
With an epic sound system on board that might not look out of place in a nightclub, Active Noise Cancellation is a godsend. We don’t want the sound of Barry Manilow singing “I made it through the rain” to be ruined by road noise, we want the sound of the Meridian 29-speaker sound system to be perfect.
Land Rover says: “We use sensors on each wheel to monitor the vibrations of the road surface and calculate the opposite phase sound wave needed to remove the noise that the occupants hear. Real-time monitoring can isolate and remove unexpected sounds from potholes or rough surfaces. The technology, introduced on the new Range Rover Velar, is capable of reducing unwanted noise peaks by 10dB and the overall noise level by 3-4dB – the equivalent of lowering the in-car sound system in four steps.”
Remote Park Heat and Cabin Pre-Conditioning
So if your RR Sport has been on the drive for a while and the temperature outside is freezing cold. You don’t want to step from a nice warm house into a cold ice block of a car, do you? Or, on the other hand, if the weather is sweltering and the car has been basking in the sun for a while, you don’t want to step out of that air-conditioned restaurant and step into a sauna.
To prevent both horrific incidents, Land Rover offers a nifty feature called Remote Park Heat, which can magically change the temperature in the car remotely via an app on your smartphone or a preset via the touchscreen.
Like most Range Rovers, the Sport is probably a little over-engineered for everyday use, but that’s part of the charm of owning one.
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