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Is the 2023 Range Rover Sport the most “Off-road” capable Range Rover ever?

The first Range Rover Sport was manufactured in 2005 and has been highly sought after since, as the mid-size SUV consistently offers top-tier luxury, classic Range Rover lines, and blistering performance. Land Rover claims that the 2023 Range Rover Sport is the most dynamically capable version of Land Rover’s luxury performance SUV ever and the most competent away from paved roads. Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (iAWD) integrates with the latest all-terrain innovations and technologies to ensure its breadth of dynamic capability.

2023 Range Rover Sport

Adaptive Off-road Cruise Control is an evolution of All-Terrain Progress Control and allows the driver to set the desired speed and comfort level, from a choice of four settings, over rough surfaces. It is the first Land Rover vehicle to feature this capability, bringing enhanced off-road performance to the lineup by allowing the driver to focus solely on steering the vehicle across challenging terrain.

Terrain Response automatically detects the surface and terrain to adapt the chassis to best deal with the situation, prompting and informing the driver via the Pivi Pro touchscreen. It works in harmony with the comprehensive chassis systems to make the most effective progress off-road.

“New Range Rover Sport’s advanced chassis dynamics feed into its immense capability away from the tarmac, utilizing its hardware and software to full effect. It is the first Land Rover vehicle to feature our new Adaptive Off-Road Cruise Control, which has been engineered to help drivers focus on steering the vehicle by providing consistent and comfortable progress across rough terrain.

said Rory O’Murchu, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar Land Rover.

2023 Range Rover Sport

New Dynamic Response Pro works hand in hand with the latest generation Dynamic Air Suspension, which introduces switchable-volume air springs and provides roll control via a 48-volt electronic active roll control system, capable of applying up to 1,000 foot-pounds of torque across each axle for a confidence-inspiring driving experience and new levels of body control and cornering composure. Dynamic Air Suspension is fitted to every new Range Rover Sport, and the intelligent system enhances the bandwidth of the suspension. This works by varying the pressure within the chambers (higher pressure provides stiffer damping) to deliver traditional Range Rover comfort with the dynamic handling expected from the Range Rover Sport.

“Land Rover’s pioneering flexible MLA architecture and the latest chassis systems come together to deliver the highest levels of dynamism we’ve ever seen on Range Rover Sport. Integrated Chassis Control governs the comprehensive suite of innovations, co-ordinating everything from the latest switchable-volume air suspension system to our Dynamic Response Pro electronic active roll control. The result is the most engaging and thrilling Range Rover Sport ever.”

said Nick Collins, Executive Director Vehicle Programs Jaguar Land Rover.

To optimize responses, the vehicle monitors the road ahead using eHorizon navigation data to pre-emptively prime for upcoming bends. Adaptive Dynamics technology contributes to dynamic capability by continuously controlling the Active Twin Valve Dampers to reduce unwanted body movements. It monitors external factors up to 500 times per second to deliver the ideal responses and, in harmony with the other chassis technologies, the most precise and composed driving dynamics of any Range Rover Sport.

2023 Range Rover Sport

The 2022 Range Rover Sport lineup boasts a suite of powerful and efficient powertrains, including a six-cylinder extended range Electric Hybrid, a potent new V8, and two mild hybrid six-cylinder gasoline Ingenium engines. Pure-electric propulsion will be introduced in 2024 as Land Rover continues its electrification journey. The new Range Rover Sport is available in SE, SE Dynamic, and Autobiography Dynamic specifications, with a First Edition available throughout the first year of production featuring a specially curated specification.

As expected, the 2023 new Range Rover Sport redefines sporting luxury, combining assertive and instinctive on-road performance with Range Rover refinement, progressive design sophistication, and connected convenience. The third-generation model is set to be the most desirable, advanced, and dynamically capable yet.

“The exceptional New Range Rover Sport sets new standards as the ultimate sporting luxury SUV, building on seventeen years of unique customer appeal. It is the latest embodiment of our vision to create the world’s most desirable modern luxury vehicles, effortlessly blending new levels of sustainability with the signature qualities that have made Range Rover Sport so popular.”

said Thierry Bolloré, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover.

The sophisticated exterior is unmistakably Range Rover Sport with taut surfacing, a dynamic stance, and an instantly recognizable profile, accentuated by stealth-like detailing and muscular proportions, which highlight the Range Rover Sport vehicle’s distinctive character, with short overhangs, an assertive front end, and steeply raked glazing at the front and back.

The sculpted exterior is detailed with finishes such as a stealth-like front grille and Premium LED lighting units. The eye-catching designs, the slimmest ever fitted to a Land Rover vehicle, sit above a sculpted, double-aperture lower bumper that incorporates a horizontal bisecting body-color element that creates greater visual width, enhanced by black detailing.

2023 Range Rover Sport

Honed design elements are echoed at the rear, incorporating a sculpted tailgate with a full-width feature bearing the Range Rover script. Uninterrupted LED light graphics introduce surface LED technology to a production vehicle for the first time, providing a crisp and contemporary look at night that is vivid and consistent when viewed from any angle. A characteristic shoulder line runs the length of the vehicle, accentuated by new lower fender details and the longest spoiler ever fitted to a Range Rover.

The exterior’s clean lines are enhanced by beautifully executed flush glazing and door handles, a hidden waist rail finisher, and a laser-welded roof for a precise, technical, and sophisticated appearance. These design-enabling technologies contribute to excellent aerodynamic performance, with New Range Rover Sport delivering a drag coefficient of just 0.29.

2023 Range Rover Sport

The new Dynamic model brings an even sharper focus to the performance SUV’s purposeful character with unique exterior design elements. Satin Grey alloy wheels are joined by Satin Burnished Copper finishes for the hood louvers and side ingots, while the front grill and Range Rover lettering are finished in Matte Graphite Atlas. With unique front and rear bumpers and bespoke lower cladding finished in body color, the Dynamic delivers the most dramatic interpretation of the Range Rover Sport formula.

2023 Range Rover Sport

Naturally, the interior is as thoughtfully designed as the exterior, offering a luxurious cocoon of comfort and style complemented by the latest in sound technology and hands-free connectivity.

Providing the foundation for an engaging and supportive journey are 22-way adjustable, heated, and ventilated electric memory front seats with massage function and winged headrests. The flagship seats provide the ultimate support for longer trips and involving drives on winding roads, while rear passengers benefit from ergonomically optimized seat geometry, with an increase in legroom and knee clearance for greater comfort and support.

2023 Range Rover Sport

The latest driver supports the new Range Rover Sport vehicle’s dynamic performance and enhanced refinement focused on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)2. All models are fitted with emergency braking, a 3D surround camera (including front and rear parking sensors), Wade Sensing 10, ClearSight GroundView 11 maneuvering lights, cruise control, Driver Condition Monitor, Lane Keep Assist, and Traffic Sign Recognition.

The New Range Rover Sport is available to order now; configure yours here: www.landroverusa.com

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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking enlightenment and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries, circumnavigated South America, driven from Argentina to Alaska followed by exploration of Europe and Western Asia. Currently the family are planning a journey from Western Europe to the Russian Far East. Graeme is a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six critically acclaimed books and an Overland Journal/Expedition Portal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell