After pulling the wraps off the new Range Rover Sport back in May, parent company Land Rover has started delivering the latest version of the more compact take on the Range Rover SUV – even though in its current form, the Sport is about the same size as the Range Rover was when it debuted in the early ‘70s.
To the Power of Three
Three engines will be offered in Canada for the 2023 Sport: the P400 model gets a mild hybrid turbocharged six-cylinder good for 295 horsepower and 409 pound-feet of torque, with a mild hybrid system on-hand to provide even smoother acceleration.
If smoother acceleration isn’t what you’re looking for and you’re more about a cackling exhaust note, then the V8-powred P530 Edition One version is the one for you; it’s good for 523 hp and 553 lb-ft, enough to propel you down the road to the tune of 0-60 mph in about 4.5 second, which is none to shabby.
Of course, if you’re looking for a mix of power and practicality, then the P440e plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant is the way to go. It comes equipped with a turbo-six plus a 104 KW EV motor and is good for 434 hp and 457 lb-ft. Since it is a PHEV, you can cruise on battery-only power for up to 88 km and it can also be plugged-in to a DC fast charger for ultra-quick recharge times.
All that powertrain stuff is great, but Range Rovers – no matter the stripe – have to b able to hit the gravel running and so it goes that the Sport is equipped with locking differentials front and back, height-adjustable suspension and a number of off-road drive modes to keep things copasetic on the rough stuff. It can also wade through water up to 960 mm deep.
No matter what type of road you’re on, you’ll appreciate the top-tier leather interior, high-resolution infotainment display with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as heated and cooled seats, digital gauge cluster, full-length panoramic sunroof and digital rear-view mirror plus a whole lot more.