Land Rover is a British vehicle brand that is owned by Jaguar Land Rover, which was acquired by Tata Motors in 2008. Based in Whitley, Coventry, England, the Land Rover brand is known for its four-wheel-drive sport utility vehicles. Land Rover is the second oldest four-wheel-drive brand of cars in the world, after the Jeep brand. Land Rover was originally the name of a specific vehicle made by the Rover Company, but gradually developed into its own brand. The first vehicle bearing the Land Rover name was introduced in 1948, and the brand came about in 1978. Over the past several decades, the Land Rover brand has been subjected to several acquisitions by companies such as British Leyland Motor Corporation, BMW, and Ford Motor Company, before Ford sold the Land Rover and Jaguar brands to Tata Motors. Land Rover vehicles are assembled in Jaguar Land Rover production facilities in Solihull and Halewood, England.
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport was first revealed in 2004, as a concept car called the Range Stormer. The Range Stormer was a luxury sport utility vehicle that featured a low stance, a short wheelbase, a three-door coupe body, gull-wing doors, and 22-inch wheels. The production version of the Range Rover Sport, when revealed, was much more conservative in design. The vehicle went into production in 2005, and the second generation of the Range Rover Sport went on sale in 2013. The Range Rover Sport was designed around a chassis based on the Land Rover Discovery 3, which features an integrated body frame and independent suspension. This design is well suited for off-road travel, but allows the Land Rover production facilities to build the vehicles more efficiently. However, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport has a shorter wheelbase than the Discovery 3, and its overall dimensions are smaller, eliminating the possibility of third-row seating. The Range Rover Sport is powered by a supercharged 4.2-liter V8 engine borrowed from the Jaguar range, which yields 390 horsepower. The vehicle was originally also available with a 4.4-liter naturally aspirated powerplant, producing 300 horsepower, which Land Rover has tuned for better torque production. However, the 4.4-liter engine option was discontinued in the United Kingdom in 2007. Land Rover later introduced two turbodiesel engine options for the Range Rover Sport: a 2.7-liter V6 that yields 190 horsepower, and a 3.6-liter twin turbo V8. All Land Rover Range Rover Sports are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission featuring CommandShift, which allows the driver more control over gear changes and drivability than a regular automatic gearbox.
Most models of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport feature Brembo brakes. The vehicle also features sporty suspension components, such as electronic cross-linked air suspension that allows the driver to select from three ride heights for different types of terrain. Land Rover’s Terrain Response system is another drivability feature that allows the driver to adjust settings on the chassis and transmission so the vehicle can tackle road or landscape conditions. The Terrain Response system settings are designed specifically for general driving; grass, gravel and snow; mud and ruts; sand; and rock crawl, and the settings are displayed on an infotainment screen in the center console. The Range Rover Sport’s off-road capabilities are further enhanced by a Magna Steyr electronically locking differential, with an optional rear differential.