Touch Pro Duo looks to be a much-needed infotainment upgrade.
Most stateside Range Rover Sport models will be fitted with either Land Rover’s well-regarded 3.0-liter supercharged gas V6 (340 hp/332 pound-feet) or its 5.0-liter supercharged gas V8, the latter of which sees power nudge upward to 518 hp (from 510) and peak torque set at 461 pound-feet.
Land Rover’s optional Td6 V6 diesel powertrain returns, again offering 254 hp and 443 pound-feet of torque, EPA highway fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon and a bladder-perforating 658 miles of range per tank.
For those who want a Capital S with their Sport Utility, the Range Rover Sport SVR returns, with its newly fettled supercharged V8 making 575 horsepower (+25) and 516 lb-ft (+14). 0-60 mph falls in just 4.3 seconds and top speed is a scarcely believable 176 mph — deeply impressive stuff for a nearly 5,100-pound SUV.
Suspension changes to the SVR include redesigned damping for reduced pitch under acceleration and braking, as well as better body control.
In addition to sporting a similarly revamped look as its 2018-model-year siblings, the SVR gets a new carbon fiber hood which can be specified with an exposed weave on the center section. A redesigned front bumper cap feeds more cooling air to a set of improved brake rotors and pads.
Despite all the new equipment, Land Rover has held the line on pricing. A base 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE fitted with the gas V6 starts at the same $ 66,750* MSRP as its predecessor, with the Td6 diesel coming in at $ 2,000 more. Stepping up to the V8-powered HSE costs $ 82,050*, and the ultra-lux Autobiography still rings in at $ 96,650* (*all models subject to a $ 995 delivery fee).
After driving the stunning new Velar in August, I wondered aloud why buyers might still consider the costlier Range Rover Sport, mainly because of its inferior infotainment tech. Apparently, I may have spoken too soon.