The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is the shorter, more sporty companion to the ur-Landie, the Range Rover. New back in 2006, the Sport now shares its architecture with its bigger sibling, along with some of its drivetrains. And for the 2016 model year, it adds two new sources of power--one more frugal, one not so much, both outlined here in our preview of the latest Sport.
New in 2014, the current Range Rover Sport is much lighter and more nimble than the first-generation model. It took unsexy materials science to make the Sport more slinky. Like the Range Rover, the Sport's body is now made from glued-and-riveted aluminum, a switch from steel that's said to be worth about 800 pounds of weight loss.
More than ever, the Sport looks like a companion piece to the hallmark Rover--but it also wears some details influenced by the smaller, more stylish Evoque crossover SUV. The slim nose, winged headlamps, the dramatic roofline drop are all Evoque-like, while the cabin's pure Range Rover, architectural and calm, with the emphasis places on wide swaths of leather and aluminum, pared down to a minimum of surfaces, switchgear, and seams.