Lately, Land Rover unveiled their all-new 2023 Range Rover Sport. With spectacular looks, four engine options, immense performance and a stunning interior, it is sure to catch the attention of the Porsche Cayenne. These are two of the most sought-after mid-size luxury SUVs on the market. But it’s still too early to say whether or not Porsche Cayenne’s biggest rival will outperform it in all areas.
The cheapest version of the Porsche Cayenne will set you back $72,200 while the new Range Rover Sport will set you back $83,000 for the base version. That’s a huge price difference, but Land Rover seems to have put in enough effort to make it justifiable. While performance figures are on par, the 2023 Range Rover Sport raises the bar in terms of technology, luxury and minimalist visual drama.
Will these makeovers be enough to catch up with the Porsche and make for an improved package? While the pricing stays in favor of the Porsche Cayenne, the Range Rover Sport focuses on style, technology and a luxurious off-road experience. We give you a rundown of what the 2023 Range Rover Sport brings to the table and whether the Porsche Cayenne should be tense about the arrival of its main rival.
The 2023 Range Rover Sport is the new face of a civilized off-road hooligan. But is that enough to make the Porsche Cayenne tense?
2023 Range Rover Sport: engine and performance
All versions of the 2023 Range Rover Sport come with an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission and are coupled to a choice of four engine options. A supercharged straight-six with hybrid capabilities producing 355 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque in P360 trim. The same engine is used in the Range Rover Sport P400 and tuned to produce 395 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. The electric fever is running strong too, as the P440e packs a turbocharged straight-six coupled to an electric drive unit.
This version of the Range Rover Sport adds an additional 140 hp to the powertrain. The result is a 0-60mph time in just 5.5 seconds. And the 2023 Range Rover Sport can travel 48 miles on electric power alone. The last pumped-up engine option is a 4.4-liter V8 BMW twin-turbo engine. With a staggering 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, this engine can propel the RR Sport from 0-60 mph in around 4.5 seconds, which is admirable for an SUV of this size.
2023 Range Rover Sport: plush and minimalist interior
The interior of the 2023 Range Rover Sport is uncomplicated and extravagant at the same time. A 13.1-inch infotainment system is standard and offers the latest in connectivity and technology features. The climate control system is surprisingly closer to old-school than the new touchscreen norm most automakers are following. It makes things easier. In addition, the new Range Rover Sport features a 13.7-inch interactive driver display.
Unlike many other automakers, Land Rover has prioritized space and quiet over the amount of technology available to ensure a quiet and comfortable drive. Other notable changes worth mentioning are the huge panoramic sunroofs, a 29-speaker sound system and a light leather interior, with the center rear seat being black leather, offering a clever, impressive and contrasting design.
2023 Range Rover Sport: Smooth-faced, capable SUV
Land Rovers are spectacular vehicles. Nice to drive on and off road. The 2023 Range Rover Sport utilizes both on-road and off-road capabilities. Every version of the new Range Rover Sport is fitted with air suspension, with each wheel articulated by 50 cm (19.68 inches).
This allows it to glide through water up to 9 cm deep and climb inclines of 45 degrees. It’s clear that the beast is perfectly made for both off-road and on-road performances, but it’s the off-road technology that’s beyond admirable! It uses the all-new Terrain Response system, where the software adjusts the vehicle’s speed depending on the terrain.
An additional system called Stormer Handling Package can be added to the Range Rover Sport, making the vehicle more responsive and tightening the suspension. The list of incredible technology features doesn’t end here! The GPS decodes the off-road conditions two miles ahead and primes the suspension and transmission for the upcoming road conditions.
Should the 2023 Porsche Cayenne worry about the Range Rover Sport?
When you think of an SUV you don’t think of speed, but when you think of a Porsche you most certainly do because the Cayenne has an impressive top speed of 300 km/h, very impressive, especially for an SUV. The V6 version of the Cayenne can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds, which again is very impressive for an SUV.
The positive attributes of the Cayenne include precise and precise handling, a wide range of powerful engines, many customization options and a beautifully designed and finished interior, as well as an almost indestructible construction. The Cayenne has always been a better on-road performer than the Ranger Rover Sport. It was more agile and nimble and has a lower curb weight than the RR Sport.
The Range Rover Sport has always nailed it when it comes to off-road performance. But the 2023 Rover Sport has managed to balance things out by being extremely capable off the road and significantly better on it. This has allowed this British-built SUV to slowly creep up on the German’s strength.
While the Range Rover’s makeover isn’t yet toppling the Cayenne, it’s certainly worthy of Porsche’s attention. But price is the Porsche’s strongest point, and the Cayenne manages to get better, utilizing the extra cash by adding various additional performance, comfort and technology features.
Sources: media.landrover.com, newsroom.porsche.com
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