We first glimpsed the Range Rover Sport at the Paris Auto Show earlier in 2016. Our first impressions were that the Range Rover brand didn’t sit well with the term ‘Sport.’ However, we later learned that the ‘Sport’ was added mainly referring to the excellent road grip, rev happy engine, and an overall lighter vehicle. The 2017 Range Rover Sport is sold in five flavors i.e. the HSE, Autobiography, SE, SVR, and Supercharged.
The Range Rover Sport first debuted in 2006 and was advertised as being an entirely reinvented vehicle. In 2014, the company introduced the aluminum body, a shorter length, and a much lighter overall car. This time around the 2017 Range Rover shares much of the same architecture of its predecessors like the LR4. We found this year’s model to be much nimbler when compared to the first generation ‘Sport.’ Also, earlier models were boxy and had nothing sporty looking about them, not to mention unsexy use of materials. It is for this reason that we were curious to see if the riveted aluminum which made the body 800 pounds lighter actually mattered!
2016 Range Rover Sport Engine Specs
One of the keys to speed in any vehicle is the weight of the frame. In the case of Range Rover Sport 2017, it is around 5000 pounds. It’s a featherweight compared to other models that weigh more than 15000 pounds. Also, the ‘Sport’ boasts of a sporty suspension which is meant to improve handling at higher speeds. Buyers get to choose from five powertrain types ranging from turbodiesel economy right up to the V-8 engine type.
The standard ‘Sports’ version comes with a 3.0 liter, 340 horsepower, V6 engine offering 0-60 mph at under 7 seconds. The V8 engine is available in two flavors the first being a 510 hp capable of 0-60 in under 5 seconds. The other is a 550 hp offering 502 lb of torque but offers similar 0-60 mph time as the 510 hp version.
Eco-conscious buyers can also pick up the V-6 turbodiesel Range Rover Sport 2017, offering 254 hp and a whopping 440 lb of torque. Expect to see 0-60 mph speeds mirroring those of the V-6 (base model). However, 22 mpg for city and 29 for highway make it a worthy buy.
2016 Range Rover Interior
The Sport 2017 model has a drop dead gorgeous cabin, with a little bit of extra room in all directions. However, the second-row seat is a whole different story because it’s not as accommodating. Obviously, sacrifices had to be made. Despite Range Rover boasting of having enough seating for seven people, you wouldn’t want to be the one in the back unless of course, you were 70 lbs and 4 ft. tall.
Compared to the previous year’s model there are a few added safety and infotainment features and a few modifications which improve stability. The optional packages have been configured ever so slightly but which reduces your choices simplifying the decision-making process perhaps. Range Rover has generously thrown in automated emergency braking for all Sports 2017 models. The 10.2-inch infotainment screen now accepts pinches and the much-needed scroll function. Still, it’s more convoluted compared to rival brands.
The interior is dominated by wood and lots of leather. Almost every surface that would otherwise be exposed is covered with either wood or leather. That’s not necessary a bad thing because the materials get better the more money you pay. All models come packed with four bucket seats. The SVR getting outboard back and front seats with the prized SVR logo.
2017 Sport Exterior Design
Range Rover does not take any design risks with the 2017 Sport. As a matter of fact, it’s hard to tell the difference between the 2017 Range Rover Sport and larger siblings. However, we are fans of Range Rover’s design but sure hoped that they improved upon it.
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The aggressive stance and the clean lines make it stand out from its rivals. The chunky grille, and floated roof compliment the smooth and sleek surface. The hood and fender vents further give the 2017 Sport a bit of an edge in the cooling department. Despite the Sport being overall aggressively designed the SVR looks even meaner with its bigger / wider tires.
- Wheelbase: 115.1 inches
- Length: 191 inches
- Width: 78.1 inches
- Max Speed: 130 mph
- 0-60 mph: 7 seconds
- Passenger volume: 5 adults + 2 kids
- Storage volume: 41.1 cubic feet
- Curb weight: 4727 lbs
- MPG (miles per gallon) for both city and highway: 19 mpg
- Available exterior colors:
- Towing capacity: 7,716 pounds
Range Rover Sport 2017 Price
The base model starts at $65,650.
The 2017 Range Rover Sport is out now and can be leased or purchased from your nearest dealership.