2014 Range Rover Sport crowned ’Four Wheeler of the Year’
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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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.