The all-new Range Rover Sport has launched in Australia, priced from $102,800 for the entry-level 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 SE model.
The Range Rover Sport is built on an all-new platform and designed to capture the distinnctive DNA of its predecessor, while boasting better aerodynamics. The brand says it is lighter and more capable, both on and off road, and uses up to 24 per cent less fuel.
“The new Range Rover Sport is the ultimate premium SUV. With its sleeker, more aerodynamic body, lower roof, sloping roofline and reduced weight, it matches and even outperforms its Range Rover sister vehicle in some areas. It truly justifies the ‘S’ in SUV,” said Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Gerry McGovern.
Australia will get three V6 engines and a V8, plus five trim levels in its lineup, all sporting four-wheel drive and mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Starting at $102,800 for the TDV6 SE model, it features a 190kW/600Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine that sips just 7.3L/100km and comes with an automatic load-level air suspension and Terrain Response AWD system. It sprints from 0-100km/h in 7.6 seconds en route to a top speed of 210km/h.
The same diesel V6 tuned for a higher output of 215kW/600Nm can be found under the bonnet of the $113,600 SDV6 SE, $125,800 SDV6 HSE and $145,500 SDV6 Autobiography. It uses slightly more fuel at 7.5L/100km. 0-100km/h is taken care of in 7.2 seconds with a similar top speed to the TDV6 SE.
The $123,100 V6 HSE is the only model in the range with a supercharged V6 petrol that generates 250kW/450Nm. It returns 11.3L/100km and accelerates from 0-100km/h in 7.2 seconds before hitting a top speed of 210km/h.
The 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol good for 375kW/625Nm can be found in the $161,600 HSE Dynamic and $182,400 range topping Autobiography Dynamic. It dashes from 0-100km/h in a hot-hatch-like 5.2 seconds while drinking 13.8L/100km of petrol.
Standard equipment on the SE model includes LED daytime running lights, 19-inch alloy wheels, grained leather seats, rear parking sensors and a reverse camera, dual zone climate control, an 8-inch touch screen infotainment system with HDD satellite navigation and voice control, auto headlights and wipers, Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity, an 8-speaker 380W sound system with up to three USB ports (one for each seating row) and powered tailgate.
Of course, HSE and Autobiography models get even more fruit, like 20-inch wheels and bi-xenon headlights.
All Range Rover Sport models seat five as standard, with the electrically powered seven seat option a $3,700 option. A third row seating/climate control pack can be added for an extra $6,000.
A ‘Dynamic’ pack can also be optioned on the HSE and Autobiography models. It brings red Brembo brake callipers and unique interior and exterior trim.
First delivery of the new 2013 Range Rover Sport will start in November.
|Model||Price (Excl. on-roads)|
|TDV6 SE 190kW Diesel||$102,800|
|SDV6 SE 215kW Diesel||$113,600|
|SDV6 HSE 215kW Diesel||$125,800|
|SDV6 Autobiography 215kW Diesel||$145,500|
|V6 HSE 250kW Supercharged Petrol||$123,100|
|V8 HSE Dynamic 375kW Supercharged Petrol||$161,600|
|V8 Autobiography Dynamic 375kW Supercharged Petrol||$182,400|