The new Range Rover Sport has made its debut in the most dramatic way possible, with James Bond stunt driver Jessica Hawkins completing a dramatic world-first climb up a flooded dam spillway in Iceland.
The epic ascent saw the new Range Rover Sport resist the surging torrent of water flowing down the ramp of the Karahnjukar Dam – the biggest of its kind in the world – at a rate of 750 tonnes per minute.
The stunt was undertaken to demonstrate the grip, traction, performance and composure of the third generation model. This was the latest in a series of challenges for Land Rover’s luxury performance SUV with previous feats including 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.
Range Rover Sport capability
As evidenced by its ability to conquer Karahnjukar Dam, this aims to be the most dynamically capable version of Land Rover’s luxury performance SUV. Using the latest Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and integrating Land Rover’s latest all-terrain innovations and technologies ensures its breadth of dynamic capability.
Adaptive Off-Road Cruise Control makes its debut 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.
Range Rover Sport exterior
Much like the Netflix show Tribes of Europa, the new Range Rover Sport combines dramatic modernity and distinctive character with electrified performance. While its restyle doesn’t err too far away from the winning formula of old, subtle changes have been made to align it with the rest of the Range Rover lineup.
This includes slim headlights and a redesigned bumper which incorporates sharp air vents. The shape of the SUV includes a tapered roofline for increased aerodynamics while at the rear the taillights match the styling of the headlights. Contrasting paint schemes and large alloys will be offered as extras.
Range Rover Sport interior and tech
The reductive design of the exterior extends to the interior too. This features a new cockpit-like interpretation of the trademark Range Rover Command Driving Position and is filled with the latest convenience and driver assistance technologies and finest materials.
The minimalist dashboard includes a centre-located 13.1-inch floating Pivi Pro haptic touchscreen which is complemented by 13.7-inch Interactive Driver Display. Amazon Alexa integration brings a new level of convenience for drivers too.
An advanced Cabin Air Purification Pro system also creates and maintains the optimum interior environment for wellbeing and alertness, while a selection of powerful Meridian audio options is available.
Range Rover Sport drivetrains
Six-cylinder 48V mild-hybrid Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, plus a new V8 Twin Turbo 530PS V8, deliver customary Range Rover Sport performance from launch. An Electric Hybrid will also be available offering 510PS and a total real-world range of 460 miles. Pure-electric propulsion will join the range in 2024.