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Model by model: Range Rover Sport

  • Significant updates to three models
  • New engines and chassis upgrades
  • Full guide to all changes
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Model by model: Range Rover Sport
As with the full-size Range Rover, the Sport gets to keep its V8 diesel, but the rest of the engine line-up changes. The new 3.0-litre V6 diesel replaces the current 2.7, while the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 takes over from the current 4.2.

The improvements in performance, economy and emissions are similar to those in other models.

Land Rover reckons a Sport with the supercharged V8 can lap Germany's 14-mile Nurburgring track in 8min 49sec only 20 seconds off the production car lap record without special tuning.

The transmission and chassis have been modified along Range Rover lines, but there are a couple of important additional tweaks for the Sport.

It has stiffer front suspension bushes, with the aim of making the driver feel a bit more connected, and there's a dynamic programme in the Terrain Response system. This makes everything more taut and responsive, and can even give the driver full manual control of upshifts through the automatic gearbox.

Exterior changes make the Sport look more hunkered down but at the same time a bit more sophisticated than the current car, and the freshened-up interior has the same effect.

Most of what you can get in the revised Range Rover will be available.