We’ve been raving about the Range Rover Sport ever since it was unveiled at a star-studded event in New York recently, and now we have the full UK prices and specs to sink our teeth into.
Four levels of spec – SE, HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography Dynamic – will be available, alongside three engine options, a 258bhp TDV6 diesel, 292bhp SDV6 diesel and a 510bhp supercharged V8.
The base SE model starts from £51,550. For that you get leather upholstery, as well as automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, a power tailgate, DAB radio for digital listening, two-zone climate control, heated front seats, HD navigation, four-corner air suspension with automatic levelling, Terrain Response and Range Rover’s Say-What-You-See voice control.
Increase your spend to £59,995 and you can enjoy the benefits of the HSE model, which include a rear view camera, 20-inch alloys, Oxford perforated leather seats with heating, a memory function and 14-way electric adjustment, paddle shift controls, aluminium Range Rover treadplates, power steering column adjustment and front fog lights.
The pricier-still HSE Dynamic version comes with a number of aesthetic changes including a gloss black grille, 21-inch alloys, illuminated treadplates, twin speed transfer box, torque vectoring and slightly different twin tailpipes that Range Rover describes as “bright”. Prices start from £64,995.
Last but not least is the king-of-the-hill Autobiography Dynamic model. For a fiver under £75,000, you can get a Meridian Surround Sound audio system with 23 speakers, adaptive cruise control with Queue Assist, High Beam Assist, mood lighting you can adjust yourself and a number of safety features such as emergency braking and active front seatbelts that hug you tighter if the car thinks you’re about to have a prang.
Each engine comes with Stop/Start technology and will channel their power though an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Meanwhile, spy shots taken at the Nurburgring in Germany by Auto Express suggest a sportier Range Rover RS model will follow, complete with what is believed to be the same 5.0-litre supercharged V8 but tuned to the level seen in the Jaguar XKR-S. That means around 540bhp and 680Nm of torque ─ not for the faint-hearted or eco-conscious driver.
Orders for the Range Rover Sport orders are open now and the first deliveries are expected to arrive from Q3 of 2013.