Land Rover is celebrating the sale of the millionth Range Rover Sport after just over 15 years of production.
The Range Rover Sport has racked up one million sales worldwide after just over 15 years of production, according to Land Rover.
First launched in 2005, the original Range Rover Sport was built on the same platform as the Land Rover Discovery 3, while the second-generation model launched in 2013 was based on the same platform as the monocoque structure Range Rover.
The Land Rover marketing department has has subjected the Range Rover Sport to several gruelling challenges over the years and as such the second-generation model set a new record on the Pikes Peak hillclimb in 2013 just after its launch. It completed the climb in 12 minutes and 35.61 seconds, making it the fastest production vehicle (car or SUV) to make the climb at the time.
The Range Rover Sport also holds the record for the fastest crossing of the Empty Quarter desert in Saudi Arabia…
… and it was the first (and only) vehicle to have driven up the 999 steps to China’s Heaven’s Gate (see below).
The high-tech Rangie Sport was designed to combine potent on-road performance with luxury appointments and impressive off-road capability, and it does this in a way that few, if any, other vehicles on the market can match. The current model is available with a range of powertrains from a 3.0L six-cylinder diesel engine that makes 221kW of power through to a 5.0L supercharged petrol V8 that makes a stonking 423kW of power for a 0-100km/h time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 283km/h. Oh, and for those more concerned with the environment, there’s also a 2.0L petrol PHEV four-pot that uses a claimed 2.8L/100km, but still makes a handy 297kW of power.
Here’s a short Land Rover video celebrating the RR Sport’s one-million sales milestone: