Land Rover has rolled back the curtains on the redesigned 2023 Range Rover Sport. It follows in the footsteps of the redesigned Range Rover which was unveiled in 2022. The Sport packs a host of refreshed powertrains, though those looking for fierce performance will have to wait a little longer for the Range Rover Sport SVR 5.0 liter V8 engine shed its camouflage.
But the current lineup offers a wide range of engine options, including a new PHEV variant. This will also cause an all-electric powertrain in the future, thanks to the new flexible underbody. But the standout part of the Range Rover Sport is its design language. The minimalist approach gives it a soothing look (clearly the opposite of what it can do on and off road!). The exterior design is clean and there are no protruding elements.
It’s almost impossible to see it as a muscular SUV with off-road capability, due to its subtle design appeal. The interior also follows a similar design language with minimalism and an origami-like layout. It reminds us of the minimalist yet lavish interior of the 2023 Genesis G90. But for all the simplicity, Land Rover hasn’t toned down the complexity in terms of technology and features. The 2023 Range Rover Sport has a unique look and stands out from the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Volvo XC90.
The 2023 Land Rover Range Rover Sport puts minimalism and sophistication in a single frame to please your ASMR.
2023 Range Rover Sport exterior design: as clean as it gets
At first, the redesigned exterior might not look much different from last year’s Range Rover Sport. But the longer you look, the cooler the new design. The silhouette hasn’t changed much, but the new Sport has a slightly shorter front overhang and a longer rear. The position was also changed, with the first quarter increasing slightly. The front fascia is highlighted by sleeker LED headlights and smaller grilles. The side profile is where the minimalism of the new Range Rover Sport shines.
There are no bumps, just a smooth plane that makes the side look like it’s been hewn out of a single sheet metal. To complete that ASMR look, 21-inch wheels are cool. And if those are “tiny” for you, then Land Rover also offers gigantic 23-inch wheels as an option! The Dynamic trim gets unique exterior elements that include graphite and copper colored exterior accents. The rear fascia gets new, sleeker and larger taillights that sit on blacked-out trim.
The roof features two sweeping antenna fins that pair with the dual exhaust ports on either side of the blacked-out lower section of the bumper. All of these minimal design elements come together to create a very slippery surface that helps the 2023 Range Rover Sport have a low coefficient of drag of 0.29. For reference, the Tesla Model S which is considered one of the most aerodynamic production cars has a drag coefficient of 0.24.
The interior of the 2023 Range Rover Sport is clean, minimal and sophisticated
The minimal theme is carried over to the interior of the 2023 RR Sport cabin as well. The dashboard has a very soothing layout and looks like sheets of paper have been piled on top of each other. The minimalist design gives peace and the blue ambient lighting adds to the tranquility. The cabin space has increased, thanks to the new platform which adds to the seating comfort. The sophistication in terms of technology is impressively hidden behind all the simplicity and elegance.
The dashboard is embellished with a multitude of displays. The instrument cluster is a 13.7-inch unit called the Interactive Driver Display4. The curved, angled 13.1-inch infotainment unit gets all the benefits of connectivity, including Amazon Alexa voice commands. Land Rover offers OTA updates to support the full sophistication of the Range Rover Sport. The stock sound system is stout, but it also gets an optional 29-speaker Meridian sound system.
Don’t let this Rover’s sleek design fool you about its capabilities
The 2023 Range Rover Sport may look clean and minimal, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s only made for civilized stuff! True to its DNA, Sport can take you anywhere. On the roads, things got sharper with its optional upgraded rear axle steering.
It can turn the rear wheels up to 7.3 degrees for increased cornering ability. The main support system for the off-road capabilities of this SUV is its Dynamic Air suspension which is standard. On higher trim levels, the Sport can be fitted with Dynamic Air Suspension Pro which adds body roll control.
This image will be perfect with the all-electric 2024 version
The 2023 Range Rover Sport is offered in three engine options and four output forms. The base is a 3.0-liter mild-hybrid inline-6 that produces 355 hp and 369 lb-ft. This same engine is modified to produce 395 hp and 406 lb-ft in the Dynamic version.
Next is the plug-in variant of this 434 horsepower, 619 lb-ft six-cylinder engine. The most powerful engine currently is a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 from BMW with 523 hp and 553 lb-ft. Land Rover has also confirmed an all-electric iteration in the works, due for 2024. And the quiet powertrain will match the sleek design perfectly.
2023 Range Rover Sport: Price and availability of this minimalist muscle
The 2023 Range Rover Sport is on sale now and starts with an MSRP of $83,000 for the base P360 SE trim and tops out at $121,500 for the top-of-the-line P530 First Edition. Prices have risen sharply, with the base version being nearly $12,000 more expensive. It’s not the cheapest SUV in the segment, but surely the cleanest!
Sources: Land Rover, Autoweek.com, Caranddriver.com
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