2013 Range Rover Sport New Car Test Drive
The Range Rover has been an exceptionally capable SUV since its inception in 1970. The all-new fourth-generation 2013 Range Rover boasts the same attributes as the older variants, but it now does so in a package that weighs a massive 700 pounds less. And after being fed a diet of lightweight aluminum, all this shedding makes the 2013 Range Rover the best yet.
The Range Rover sits atop the Land Rover tree. The Range Rover boasts a level of luxury and performance on road and off that make the large SUV stand tall above the rest.
Staying true to form of the original Range Rover, and following suit with the highly successful third generation model, the new 2013 Range Rover boasts tweaks that freshen and modernize, while keeping the car unmistakable.
The interior is more simplistic and luxurious, with leather wrapping every surface, providing an environment that feels serene and comfortable, even during the most demanding off-road conditions. It seats five.
The 375-horsepower V8 and the 510-horsepower supercharged V8 remain, but performance has been enhanced due to the incredible amount of weight shed. And that weight (as well as a new 8-speed gearbox) also increases fuel efficiency over the outgoing model, as well as drastically improving on road dynamics.
Off-road, the Range Rover is still the benchmark. It handles seemingly impossible obstacles with ease, leaving the driver to bask in the comfort of a luxury SUV. Land Rover's updated Terrain Response 2 system undoubtedly aids in improved off-roading, too.
Most Range Rover owners will never utilize the car's incredible capabilities, but owners like to know they could. They also like immense luxury, beautiful design, and agility on normal roads that don't feel like a compromise. The new Range Rover delivers in spades.
The 2013 Range Rover comes in four models, with the top two boasting a supercharged engine, rather than the naturally aspirated V8 in the first two.
Range Rover ($83,500) comes standard with the 5.0-liter V8, dual climate control, grained leather, 20-way power adjustable seats, heated front seats and driver's memory, five-mode seat massaging, Macassar wood finishes, 380 watt Meridian sound system, 8 inch touch screen with DVD playback, navigation, voice control and connectivity, powered split tailgate, keyless entry and start, AM/FM/XM radio, CD, USB, rain sensing wipers, auto headlights, hill decent control, Terrain Response 2, 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.
Range Rover HSE ($88,500) upgrades further with 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, body colored bumper, vent blades and door handles, more interior color options, Oxford leather seats, and heated rear seats.
Range Rover Supercharged ($99,950) features the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 and 21-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels.
Options include heated wood and leather steering wheel ($425), adaptive cruise control ($2,000), soft door closing ($600), rear seat entertainment system ($2,200), 825-watt Meridian surround system ($1850), vision assist pack ($1,950), tow pack ($900), active rear locking differential ($500), front seat climate comfort pack ($1,650), and four zone climate pack ($4,150). Eight wheel options size up to 22 inches.
Range Rover Supercharged Autobiography ($130,950) tops the line with full size panoramic roof, a host of new interior color options, electric reclining rear seats, shadow walnut interior finishes, leather headlining, front center console cooling compartment, park assist, soft door close, rear view camera, surround camera system, blind spot monitoring, rear seat entertainment system, adaptive cruise control, and an 825 watt Meridian sound system. It's distinguished by special 21-inch alloy wheels. A 1700-watt 29 speaker Meridian sound system ($4,450) is optional.
Safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes, intelligent emergency braking (optional), dynamic stability control, roll stability control, traction control, trailer stability assist, hill descent, gradient release control, electronic brake force distribution, driver and passenger airbags, side curtain and thorax airbags.