The 2023 Range Rover Sport is the third variant since Land Rover introduced the Range Rover Sport in 2005. It’s hard to tell at first glance, but the new Range Rover Sport is slightly bigger than the outgoing variant. It is about 2.64 inches (67 mm) longer and 1.6 inches (40 mm) longer with a longer wheelbase of 2.91 inches (74 mm). Land Rover is bringing back the plug-in hybrid powertrain it previously refused to offer, but what’s more exciting is the all-electric Range Rover Sport that the automaker promises will join the lineup by 2024.
“The exceptional new Range Rover Sport sets new standards as the ultimate sporting luxury SUV, building on 17 years of unique customer appeal,” said Thierry Bolloré, Jaguar Land Rover President and CEO. “It’s the latest embodiment of our vision to create the world’s most desirable modern luxury vehicles, effortlessly blending new levels of durability with the iconic qualities that have made the Range Rover Sport so popular.”
Range Rover Sport 2023: what’s new?
The Range Rover Sport debuts with updated styling cues, impressive powertrain options and jaw-dropping luxury amenities. Available in SE, SE Dynamic, Autobiography and First Edition, the latter is exclusively available with a 523 horsepower twin-turbo V8. The base P360 SE trim comes standard with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder gasoline engine and a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that develops 355 horsepower, while the P400 SE Dynamic has a more powerful version of 395 horsepower from the same hybrid. powertrain.
Meanwhile, the P440e is a plug-in hybrid with a turbocharged inline-six gasoline engine, 105 kW electric motor and 31.8 kWh battery, collectively producing 434 horsepower and around 48 miles of all-electric range. The Range Rover Sport P440e sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds, while the turbocharged V8 First Edition completes the run in 4.3 seconds. All Range Rover Sport variants come standard with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, all-wheel drive with Terrain Response and dynamic air suspension.
Sporty handling, classy ride
It may sound implausible, but the 2023 Range Rover Sport combines the best of both worlds: sportier handling and luxurious ride comfort. It starts with Land Rover’s MLA-Flex architecture, which is 35% stiffer than before. It features air suspension with eHorizon technology (to scan the road and pre-tune each dual-valve active damper to respond accordingly) and Adaptive Dynamics technology (to monitor all external forces up to 500 times per second) to maintain constant ride stability.
Additionally, the First Edition model features Dynamic Response Pro, a handling package that includes switchable volume air springs. Additionally, the all-new Range Rover Sport features all-wheel steering, torque vectoring by braking and an active electronic differential to keep the sunny side up.
“Land Rover’s pioneering Flexible MLA Architecture and the latest chassis systems combine to deliver the highest levels of dynamism we have ever seen in Range Rover Sport,” said Nick Collins, Executive Program Director of vehicles, Jaguar Land Rover. “The result is the most engaging and thrilling Range Rover Sport ever.”
It would be overdramatic to call the 2023 Range Rover Sport an “iron fist in a velvet glove”, but that describes the new Sport well. It has muscular proportions, short overhangs and clean lines combined with slimmer headlights and flush door handles, making the vehicle appear to be cut from a single mold of metal, rubber and of glass. It also features a slightly sloped, laser-welded roof that achieves a drag coefficient of 0.29.
“Our 2023 Range Rover Sport takes our modernist approach to vehicle design while amplifying its unmistakably sporty and confident character,” said Professor Gerry McGovern OBE, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Creative Officer.
Other new features include bespoke front and rear bumpers, distinctive body-color lower claddings, updated alloy wheel designs and fancy burnished copper exterior trim. Inside, the Sport is a champion of fine materials like supple semi-aniline or Windsor leather, premium Ultrafabric durable textiles and Moonlight Chrome trim.
Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA 2.0)
The bygone days of Lucas electronics have given vintage Rangeys the nickname “Prince of Darkness”, but the Range Rover’s EVA 2.0 puts the new Sport at the forefront of innovation.
It offers over-the-air (OTA) updates for up to 63 onboard electronic modules and the Pivi Pro infotainment system with a 13.1-inch curved touchscreen and 13.7-inch instrument display. The list of standard features includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Amazon Alexa connectivity, wireless charging and a premium Meridian sound system with up to 29 speakers (including four headrest speakers ), a subwoofer and a 1430 watt amplifier.
Standard Security Features
Safety-wise, the 2023 Range Rover Sport comes standard with lane-keep assist, cruise control, emergency braking, off-road adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition. Other safety features include front and rear parking sensors, 3D surround camera, wading detection and ClearSight Ground View system.
2023 Range Rover Sport: Price and Availability
Base prices start at around $84,350 for the Range Rover Sport SE, $91,350 for the SE Dynamic and $105,550 for the P440e Autobiography PHEV. The top-of-the-line First Edition with V8 power is $122,850. The 2023 Range Rover Sport is available to order now.
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Alvin Reyes is a columnist on Automoblog and an expert in sports and performance cars. He studied civil aviation, aeronautics and accounting in his youth and is still very fond of his old Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also likes fried chicken, music and herbal medicine.
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