Land Rover’s 334bhp 4.4-litre SDV8 (until now only available on the Range Rover) will now be offered for the 2014 Range Rover Sport, with a revised intake system, twin-intercoolers, a new sump and new cast alloy engine mounts.
The SDV8’s torque output of 516lb ft, matched by that of the new 169g/km CO2 hybrid power train, will be the highest available in the Range Rover Sport. Acceleration from standstill to 62mph (100km/h) will take 6.9 seconds, with a top speed of 140mph (225km/h) when the Dynamic Pack is fitted.
New driver aids will be also offered on both Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. Parking Exit will suppliment the existing Parallel Park feature, and Perpendicular Park will automatically position the car centrally in parking bays. 360 degree Park Distance Control will provide virtual object tracking along the sides of the car at speeds of up to 10mph (16km/h).
Depending on individual markets, the upgraded 2014 models can be equipped with a forward looking camera which monitors the vehicle's position between lane markings and the Lane Departure Warning system provides haptic feedback through the steering wheel should the driver begin to move out of lane without using the indicator. The same camera is used for the Traffic Sign Recognition system that identifies speed limit signs, no overtaking signs and a variety of other warning and information signs.
The new additions will be complemented on the Range Rover with the option of a 'Black Design Pack' on Vogue, Vogue SE and Autobiography models. The Black edition will feature a range of parts incorporating the Range Rover script and finished in Gloss Black, plus new 21-inch and 22-inch alloy wheel options.
Inside the Range Rover, powered upper seat articulation (for the driver and front passenger) has been added to the list of options, while rear seat passengers can benefit from the larger, 10.2-inch screens for the entertainment system.
‘The addition of the powerful and efficient SDV8 diesel to the Range Rover Sport line-up and yet more exciting new customer-focused technologies to both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport for 2014, further underlines their position as two of the most desirable SUVs on the market today," said Land Rover Global Brand Director, John Edwards.
Owners can also choose Land Rover’s brand new InControl connectivity system, comprising three separate components depending on individual markets. Land Rover’s InControl Remote Smartphone App allows owners to check their vehicle's security, lock status, fuel and washer fluid levels and tyre pressures from a remote location. It also incorporates journey tracking to manage business mileage, establish the vehicle's current location and an option to navigate back to it. InControl Secure tracks the vehicle in the event of a theft, raising a silent alarm at a secure operating centre, and InControl WiFi creates a wireless connection for vehicle occupants using 3G and WiFi antennas.
2014 model year Rane Rovers will be available to order from Tuesday 10 September with deliveries starting from early 2014.