We have video of the new 2014 Range Rover Sport out testing in the Mojave Desert ahead of a likely reveal at Frankfurt 2013.
That means dumping the underpinnings nicked from the Discovery 4 (which weigh only slightly less than Wales) and instead basing the new Range Rover Sport on the same aluminium underpinnings the 2013 Range Rover gets (which are themselves based on the Jaguar XJ’s).
That will mean a huge drop in weight for the new RRS and a huge improvement in performance and dynamics, promising owners the sort of on-road dynamics and numbers the Porsche Cayenne offers, whilst still leaving Land Rover’s stunning off-road abilities firmly in place.
With the engine choices likely to be limited to the 3.0 litre SDV6 and 5.0 litre Supercharged (although we’d love to see the 4.4 TDV8 make its way in to the new Range Rover Sport too), performance of even the 3.0 litre diesel should see numbers around 7.0 seconds to 60mph, with the 5.0 litre supercharged version decidedly sub-5 seconds.
In terms of styling, it looks like the new Range Rover Sport will look like the love child of the Evoque and new Range Rover, with a more overtly sporting take on the new Range Rover’s style with a more Evoque nose, roofline and rear.
We’re expecting the 2014 Range Rover Sport to debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and go on sale in early 2014, a full year after it’s big brother – the 2013 Range Rover – arrived.
Unfortunately, the video below has been published with its perspective a bit skewed, so it looks a bit tall and skinny. Still, it’s worth a look, especially as we get a glimpse of the new Range Rover Sport’s interior, which looks to be a slightly sportier take on the new Range Rover.