In 2013, Land Rover introduced a totally new generation of its flagship Range Rover and Range Rover Sport SUVs. The brand is known to produce some of the finest premium off-road luxury vehicles in the world and it did not come as a surprise to us when the world bestowed it with praise, as has been the case with Land Rovers historically.
Yes, the Range Rover has grown into a mature off-road vehicle and is in league of its own, when it comes to luxury motoring. While, the Range Rover sits at the top of the food chain, its smaller sibling, the Range Rover Sport , has had its fair share of successes. MotorTrend magazine honored the RR Sport with the coveted ’SUV of the Year’ and now Four Wheeler Magazine has awarded the Range Rover Sport with "Four Wheeler of the Year" for 2013.
This is the third time a Land Rover SUV has won this award after intense and grueling testing both on tarmac and on rugged terrain designed to test the off-road capabilities of the vehicle.
"It is a great achievement for the very luxurious and performance oriented Range Rover Sport to be named ’Four Wheeler of the Year,’ by the country’s oldest four-wheel drive enthusiast publication," said Kim McCullough, Brand Vice President, Land Rover North America.
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Gallery Land Rover Range Rover Sport
The 2014 Range Rover Sport features a lighter aluminum unibody architecture, unlike the previous generation which was too heavy, which wasn’t great for off-roading. The aim was to make an SUV that could go off-road and possess the ability to carve its way through corner. That’s where the new model excels. The new RR Sport is a huge improvement over its predecessor.
The 2014 Range Rover Sport is much more economical, thanks to the lightweight construction and a new set of powerful, fuel-efficient engines. The top-spec Range Rover Sport is powered by a 510-horsepower supercharged V-8 that propels the SUV from 0 to 60 mph in just 5 seconds.
The all-wheel-drive system is controlled by an improved Terrain Response System. Controls on the Range Rover Sport are intuitive with an automatic-drive-select mode which scans the terrain ahead and adjusts the ride height and traction program accordingly.
That said, this extremely capable premium SUV does not come cheap. The all-new Range Rover Sport range starts at $63,495 while the Supercharged version is almost a $100,000, not including optional extras.
Gallery Land Rover Range Rover Sport
(MAHWAH, N.J.) – December 5, 2013 – The 2014 Range Rover Sport has been crowned the ’2014 Four Wheeler of the Year’ by Four Wheeler magazine, marking the third time a Land Rover vehicle has won this top honor.
Now in its 41st year, this annual competition, positions the newest 4x4 SUVs against one another in a variety of tests conducted by the Four Wheeler editorial staff, awarding points for performance capability and build. To qualify for the award, the vehicle must be a new model or have significant improvements from the previous model year. The contestant must also be equipped with a transfer case with a dedicated low-range gear, have a minimum production run of 1500 units and be on sale before February 15, 2014. The complete test results and vehicle evaluations for the 2014 ’Four Wheeler of the Year’ competition will appear in the February 2014 issue, available on stands December 17, 2013, and online now at www.fourwheeler.com.
"It is a great achievement for the very luxurious and performance oriented Range Rover Sport to be named ’Four Wheeler of the Year,’ by the country’s oldest four-wheel drive enthusiast publication," said Kim McCullough, Brand Vice President, Land Rover North America. "To win this extreme off-road competition with the all-new Range Rover Sport highlights the work our engineers and designers have done to enhance our already-leading breadth of capability."
"Our testers appreciated the 510hp, nearly 12 inches of ground clearance, 10-11 inches of wheeltravel at each corner, and a 0-60 time of 5 seconds flat. Add a traction control system that allows the driver to make use of these impressive specifications on- and off-road, along with a plush interior with all the amenities and you have our 2014 Four Wheeler of the Year, the Range Rover Sport," said John Capa, Editor-in-Chief of Four Wheeler.
The all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport is Land Rover’s fastest, most responsive and agile car to ever hit the market. Its capabilities for on and off-road terrain are unlike any other car of its kind, and provides drivers with the ideal balance of sport and luxury. Based on the new Range Rover, the 2014 Range Rover Sport uses all-new aluminum unibody architecture to achieve a weight savings of approximately 800lbs and features breakthrough suspension design and innovative dynamic chassis technologies. The all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport is available in three models: SE, HSE and Supercharged and starts at $63,495*.
*Price shown is MSRP. Includes $895 destination and delivery. Excludes, tax, title, license, retailer fees and optional equipment. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for details.