The new Ranger Rover Sport climbs a dam in Iceland

Published May 19, 2022, 3:46 PM

by Inigo Roces

Traction in every condition

The new Range Rover Sport has made its global premiere, marking the third generation of Land Rover’s luxury performance SUV. It is thus far the most technologically advanced and capable yet, mixing an imposing road presence with instinctive driving responses using the most advanced  combination of chassis technologies ever fitted to a Land Rover.

To prove its capabilities, Land Rover put it to the test of driving from a canyon riverbed to the summit of the flooded spillway of the Karahnjukar Dam in Iceland, the biggest of its kind in the world. The spillway was designed to direct water from the dam, flowing at a rate of 750 tons per minute. Any loss of traction in the water would risk sending the new Ranger Rover Sport plunging down the perilous 90m drop at the base of the spillway to the valley floor below. The 294m stretch of spillway rises at 40-degrees and climbs 193 meters, with water cascading down to provide the ultimate test of traction and driver confidence.

Official James Bond stunt driver, Jessica Hawkins, was behind the wheel for the successful spillway ascent. It tops Land Rover’s previous feats that include a record-setting hill-climb at Pikes Peak, a first recorded crossing of the ‘Empty Quarter’ desert in the Arabian Peninsula, and a first ascent of the 999 steps to Heaven’s Gate in China, in 2018.

Assertive modern design

The new Range Rover Sport is based on Land Rover’s advanced, flexible Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA-Flex), which provides the foundations for its dynamics and refinement.

Dramatic proportions accentuate the Range Rover Sport’s emotive design with taut surfacing, a dynamic stance and an instantly recognizable profile, perfectly accentuated by its muscular proportions,– giving the impression the vehicle is poised and ready. 

The Range Rover Sport’s reductive design extends to its all-new interior. Featuring a new cockpit-like interpretation of the trademark Range Rover Command Driving Position, the latest convenience and driver assistance technologies, and finest materials combine to ensure every drive is an experience to savor.

Engaging on every journey

Its line-up of powerful and efficient powertrains includes two six-cylinder extended range Electric Hybrid plug-ins, which provide a pure-electric driving range of up to 113km (70 miles) and CO2 emissions as low as 18g/km.

The new 530PS V8 Twin Turbo provides sports car performance, with 0-100km/h in as little as 4.5 seconds with Dynamic Launch engaged. Pure-electric propulsion will be available in 2024, as Land Rover continues its electrification journey.

The Range Rover Sport is also offered with optional technologies governed by Land Rover’s Integrated Chassis Control system to work in harmony to provide instinctive responses and agility.

One such package is the new Stormer Handling Pack, which provides the ultimate combination of chassis technologies for the most dynamic and agile handling and includes Dynamic Response Pro, All-Wheel Steering, an Electronic Active Differential with Torque Vectoring by Braking, and Configurable Programs. 

Dynamic Response Pro is a 48-volt electronic active roll control system, capable of applying up to 1,400Nm of torque across each axle, for a confidence-inspiring driving experience and new levels of body control and cornering composure, while All-Wheel Steering helps achieve unrivalled agility and maneuverability at low speeds, with superior stability at high speeds.

Epitome of sporting luxury

The Range Rover Sport makes every journey an event and can be honed to be as dynamically engaging as the driver desires, while also offering enhanced levels of refinement and comfort. This ability to combine dual characters is made possible by a comprehensive set of technologies.

The advanced Cabin Air Purification Pro system creates and maintains the optimum interior environment for wellbeing and alertness, while a selection of powerful Meridian audio options is available. The Meridian Signature Sound System is the most advanced and powerful audio system ever fitted to a Range Rover Sport, with up to 29 speakers including four headrest speakers to create personal sound zones for the four main cabin occupants. Next-generation Active Noise Cancellation plays its part here, reducing the number of external sounds entering the cabin for ultimate cabin refinement.

Seamless technology

Land Rover’s powerful Electrical Vehicle Architecture (EVA 2.0) supports an ecosystem of seamless connected technologies, including Software Over The Air (SOTA). The clever technology provides remote updates for 63 electronic modules, ensuring New Range Rover Sport remains at the cutting edge of innovation, modern technology and services throughout its life.

The award-winning Pivi Pro infotainment features a high resolution floating 13.1-inch haptic touchscreen positioned at the center of the modernist dashboard. Controlling everything from navigation to media and vehicle settings, it learns the user’s habits and intelligently personalizes the onboard experience, becoming a truly intuitive personal assistant.

Dynamic Air Suspension introduces switchable-volume air springs for the first time and is fitted to every new Range  Rover Sport. The intelligent system enhances the bandwidth of the suspension by varying the pressure within the airbags to deliver traditional Range Rover comfort with the dynamic handling expected from the Range Rover Sport.  To optimize responses, the vehicle monitors the road ahead using eHorizon navigation data to pre-emptively prime the vehicle for upcoming bends. 

The Range Rover Sport is the most competent away from paved roads, using the latest Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (iAWD) and integrating Land  Rover’s latest all-terrain innovations and technologies to ensure its breadth of dynamic capability.

Adaptive Off-Road Cruise Control makes its debut on new Range Rover Sport and helps drivers navigate tricky  terrain by maintaining steady progress according to the ground conditions. Drivers can select one of four comfort settings and the system intelligently adjusts the speed, allowing the driver to focus on steering the vehicle. 

The new Range Rover Sport will be exclusively produced at the Solihull Manufacturing Facility in the UK, the historic home of Range Rover production, alongside New Range Rover. It is available to order now from Land Rover Philippines.