RR Sport launch: behind the scenes
Daniel Craig takes car reveals to the next level...
Posted: 19 Jun 2013
There's a bit more full-blooded action the next day, during which the opening sequence will be locked down. This shows the Sport arriving at Red Hook docks, emerging from its container, and driving off into the city. Jarrod the stunt driver gets to weave between a wall of shipping containers, and we get to observe the Sport's body roll, or lack of it, at close quarters. With wide-spaced double wishbones at the front and a trick multi-link rear, made mostly of aluminium, this is clearly a Land Rover that really handles. Various bits of chassis and suspension cleverness govern the Sport's handling repertoire.
Choose Dynamic mode, and we might even be talking about a Range Rover that doesn't feel like a mobile tower block on a circuit. There's also a torque-vectoring system, which trims the Sport's attitude via braking and yaw sensors, adaptive damping, and the usual array of electronic stability programmes. Two engines will be available initially: the 503bhp, 5.0-litre supercharged V8, and a 287bhp, 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbodiesel. The options will grow next year to encompass a 254bhp V6 petrol, a 4.4-litre 335bhp V8 diesel (with a useful 516lb ft of torque), and a diesel hybrid (just 169g/km of CO2 for that one). The transmission is ZF's fantastic eight-speed system, though a new nine-speed one is waiting in the wings. Brembo supplies the brakes, with 380mm/360mm-diameter discs front-to-rear on the punchiest Sport models.