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Insights into the incredible development of the Range Rover Sport from 2004 to today

LAND ROVER has just unveiled the latest generation of its hugely popular Range Rover Sport.

Despite its hefty new price, the Sport is a common sight on our roads, selling twice as much as the larger Range Rover.

Land Rover's third-generation Range Rover Sport is all-new for 2022

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Land Rover’s third-generation Range Rover Sport is all-new for 2022Credit: Handout

The Range Rover Sport was introduced back in 2004 as a smaller, more manoeuvrable alternative to the larger Range Rover.

However, it had to have the same unparalleled off-road capability, and Land Rover even gave it seven seats.

The Sport had to feel just as soft on the inside, too, despite costing less money to buy.

Luckily it all went through. The Sport has never looked or felt like a cheaper alternative and its sales success proves it.

We thought we’d take a look back at sports history through its three generations.

Range Rover Sport Mk1 (L320)

Initially, many were unsure about this new Range Rover, but strong sales followed

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Initially, many were unsure about this new Range Rover, but strong sales followed

Introduced in 2004, the Range Rover Sport did not find widespread acceptance from the start.

Some felt it was too big a change from the regular Range Rover and couldn’t see the point of a sporty Range Rover point.

It was fitted with powerful V8 petrol or straight-six diesel engines, but all with good four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox.

However, people quickly realized that they could have the Range Rover’s driving position, off-road capability and status for less money, and sales were strong.

There are many temptingly cheap examples on the used market, but this oldest of the Range Rover Sports is notoriously unreliable today.

Common problems are the electrics and the air suspension. So make sure you buy a car with an excellent maintenance history and a reasonable number of owners.

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Range Rover Sport Mk2 (L494)

The SVR's 5.0-liter V8 produces up to 575 hp and accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds

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The SVR’s 5.0-liter V8 produces up to 575 hp and accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds

The second generation of Range Rover Sport was launched in 2013 and was completely new compared to the previous model.

It followed the launch of the smaller Evoque and took much of its styling from that car, which most people would agree looked better than the old one.

There’s a huge range of engines, including three diesels, three petrols and a plug-in hybrid version that runs on electricity only.

An SVR version was also introduced (pictured above) with a turbocharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine and race car stripes depicting the fastest and most agile sport of the lot.

There are now plenty of used Range Rover Sports of this generation on the market. It’s worth buying one with decent mileage and a decent maintenance history that hasn’t spent most of its life off-road.

The latest Range Rover Sport will get an all-electric version in 2024

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The latest Range Rover Sport will get an all-electric version in 2024

The latest Range Rover Sport may not look like it, but it’s actually brand new.

Land Rover knows how well it sells, so it’s not surprising that they haven’t messed with the looks too much.

It gets much of its styling from the larger and also recently introduced Range Rover, as well as much of its upgraded off-road tech, upgraded interior quality and more advanced infotainment.

At the bottom end there will be a six-cylinder diesel and a petrol engine, both with mild hybrid technology that helps save fuel.

There’s also a plug-in hybrid model that can go 70 miles on electricity alone, and a 530hp twin-turbo V8 performance petrol model that accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds.

Later in 2024 you can also buy an all-electric Range Rover Sport.

It’s now available from £79,125, making it easily the most expensive Range Rover Sport yet.

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