2014 Range Rover Sport is 15% Lighter, 100% Sexier

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

It was impressive enough when the 2013 Range Rover debuted 700 lbs lighter than its predecessor, but the smaller and more agile Range Rover Sport tugs its belt even tighter to lose 800.

Not only that, but Land Rover is now offering the smaller SUV with a 340-hp supercharged six-cylinder engine along with the familiar 510-hp supercharged eight. Additionally, the car now comes with two third-row seats for occasional and painful use. Land Rover hasn’t said what the legroom measurements are, but don’t count on fitting anyone much bigger than a sack of potatoes in there.

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In true Range Rover form, the cabin is chock-full of high-quality interior pieces along with new bucket seats in the first and second rows.

Despite adding the seats, Land Rover only extended the car by two inches overall — although the wheelbase is a full seven inches longer. Just like its larger and more expensive Range Rover sibling, the brand says this SUV has enhanced off-road capability as well as improved road manners.

That, of course, comes hand in hand with the all-aluminum chassis that also helps the larger Range Rover to have greatly improved handling as well.

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Pricing starts at $63,495 including delivery for the SE trim level which is also new for the truck this year. The entry price climbed a little this time, but that’s nothing compared to where things top out. The Autobiography model rings in at $93,295, which is roughly $5,500 more than the starting price for the same trim level with the 2013 model.

Of course the weight savings will also vastly improve mileage, as will the standard engine start-stop technology – although EPA estimates are unavailable at this time.

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Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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  • Stephen Marcus Colmar Stephen Marcus Colmar on Mar 27, 2013

    I think its good seeing automaker producing vehicles that are more comfortable and that has high quality performance, especially at this golden age of technology. Schaeffler, a leading bearing manufacturing company also declare to produce vehicle that is fuel efficiency by 15%. Not only that, the company recently, unveiled concept car in India. This is car is suitable to India roads and fuel efficiency by 10%.