It's probably not an understatement to say the Range Rover Sport was one of Land Rover's biggest success stories, so when an all-new model was announced in 2013 it was highly anticipated. As had seemingly become customary for Range Rover launch events, the Range Rover Sport launch, in 2013 at the New York Auto Show, involved plenty of celebrity razzmatazz, including closing several streets in downtown Manhattan, and starred James Bond actor Daniel Craig! Building on the success of the original version, the all-new model brought cutting-edge vehicle technology to the fore, offering a lighter, faster and even more agile luxury sports SUV for the Land Rover stable. Styled along similar lines to its smaller sibling, the Evoque, it offers a dramatic and eye-catching aesthetic.
Sharing a common 'D7u' platform with the 2013 Range Rover L405, the 2014 Sport, code-named L494, was offered with a choice of 3.0 litre V6 petrol, 5.0 litre V8 petrol (both supercharged), 3.0 litre SDV6 or 4.4 litre SDV8 diesel engines (both twin-turbo), all of which offer vital and lively performance. The 2014 Range Rover Sport eschewed the 'hybrid' chassis frame and body design of its predecessor in favour of a high-rigidity all-aluminium body construction. Paint and interior options were also updated to include a plethora of interior styling and options, including an optional 7-seater configuration, and also the now-familiar contrast roof exterior paint options. The vehicle was a tour-de-force of technical innovation with almost every aspect regulated by computer, including interior features, handling, engine performance and the 8-speed automatic transmission. Multiple external cameras and sensors aid with parking, lane changing and even driving in traffic queues. In spite of all its largely road-oriented intentions, the 2014 Range Rover Sport still retained the customary off-road abilities expected of a Land Rover, shrugging off water, ice & snow and rough tracks thanks to a new Terrain Response 2 system which offered advanced automatic off-road configuration.
The 2014 Range Rover Sport proved very popular and used examples still demand premium prices. A few niggling issues with suspension and build quality came to light on early examples but most of these were progressively improved and ironed out in successive model years. A wide range of service and accessory parts are available on our website to compliment this thoroughbred. Servicing and repairs require complex diagnostic equipment, so knowing a good independent specialist garage like Famous Four is always a good idea!