Range Rover Sport Spied

26 Jun, 2012 12:11pm Jack Rix

First spy shots of all-new Range Rover Sport emerge showing lower roofline and chunkier bodywork

These are the first spy shots of the all-new Range Rover Sport, spotted on the road near Land Rover's HQ in Gaydon, Warwickshire. We've already seen a number of prototypes for its bigger brother - the new Range Rover - but these pictures suggest the Sport is closer to production than previously thought. 

Although heavily camouflaged with cladding on the front end and an army-style wrap on the rest of the bodywork, the Range Rover Sport is unmistakeable for a number of reasons. Featuring a more steeply-raked windscreen, a narrower side glass area, lower roof and gently-tapered roof line, it cuts a much sportier profile. There's also shorter overhangs, different tail-lights and a bigger roof spoiler.

Under the skin it will share its platform with the Range Rover - a modified version of the XJ's all-aluminium chassis. That should mean significant weight-loss compared to the current Discovery-based model. Reports suggest Land Rover could cut as much as 400kg from the kerbweight, bringing the total down to around 2,100kg.

Engines for the new model will include the 3.0-litre V6 diesel and 5.0-litre V8 petrol in naturally-aspirated and supercharged forms, as seen in the current car. All will use an efficient eight-speed automatic gearbox and be tweaked for a little more power and better fuel economy.

The Range Rover will be revealed towards the end of the summer, so expect the Sport to follow closer to the end of the year.

 

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Trust me a slightly sloping roof doesn't make much difference to the head room but makes the car look more sporty. Critics of this car can only fault it's boxy looks (and little else) so some cues from evoque wouldnt go a miss.
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