What Changed for 2009:
- Clear lenses for the taillamps and side repeater signal indicators
- New finishes on vent bezels, door pulls and console trim
- Body-color tailpipe appliqu
- Almond leather interior trim with Nutmeg carpet and floormats
- New exterior color choices
- New wheel options
The 2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is mostly carryover from the 2008 model. The Range Rover Sport, which debuted in 2006, is Land Rover's entry in the high-performance luxury SUV market. Its sprightly road manners and traditional Land Rover luxury blend well with its ability to go almost anywhere, the company says. Basically a modified and shortened version of the Land Rover LR3, the Range Rover Sport is also the most agile of the company's SUVs, according to Land Rover.
The 2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is available in HSE, Supercharged or Limited Edition models. Few changes have been made for this year, limited mainly to minor color and trim differences such as new finishes on the air conditioning vents and door pulls, and a change in interior carpet and leather colors. Standard features on all models include 4WD with a 2-speed electronic transfer gearbox; Land Rover's Terrain Response System; electronic air suspension; and a 6-speed adaptive automatic transmission.
The Range Rover Sport HSE has a 4.4-liter, 300-hp V-8 engine, leather seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, and a 14-speaker audio system. The Range Rover Sport Supercharged model has a 4.2-liter, 390-hp, supercharged V-8 engine, dynamic response suspension system, and 20-inch wheels. The Range Rover Sport Limited Edition features the supercharged V-8 engine combined with unique exterior and interior treatments. Outside, the Limited Edition includes flush-fitted front and rear bumpers, tailgate-mounted rear spoiler, rear exhaust tips integrated into the bumper, 20-inch Range Stormer wheels, body-colored lower side panels, and adaptive front lighting. On the inside, there's exclusive premium tan leather, hand-polished lined oak wood trim, rear-seat entertainment system, adaptive cruise control, Cold Climate package, and a center-console cooling box.
Options for the various 2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport models include Zebrano wood interior trim, dynamic rear suspension, adaptive cruise control, DVD rear-seat entertainment, Cold Climate package, center-console cooling box, and 20-inch alloy wheels.
The 2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE is powered by a 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers 300 hp at 5500 rpm and 315 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. Supercharged and Limited Edition models feature a 4.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine that pumps out 390 hp at 5750 rpm and 410 lb.-ft. of torque at 3500 rpm. A 6-speed adaptive automatic transmission is standard on all models. Also included are an electronic air suspension, permanent 4WD with traction control, and a 2-speed electronic transfer gearbox. All Range Rover Sport models feature Land Rover's Terrain Response System, which offers five settings to automatically adapt throttle response, vehicle ride height and gear changes according to terrain settings that include general, grass/gravel/snow, mud and ruts, sand and rock crawl. Supercharged and Limited Edition models have 4-piston Brembo front brakes for improved stopping power. EPA fuel-economy estimates for both V-8 engines are 12 mpg city/18 mpg highway.
The 2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has 6 air bags. Front air bags and seat-mounted side air bags protect the driver and front passenger, while side curtain air bags protect both seating rows. Dynamic stability control, advanced braking systems and active roll mitigation offer even more protection.
The 2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The Range Rover Sport features center and rear electronic locking differentials to deliver real-time torque management. The center differential is designed to lock the front and rear axles so all wheels are rotating at the same speed and will receive an equal distribution of torque. The rear locking differential is designed to only lock the rear wheels together. All differentials are locked electronically by the push of a button on the dash. By providing two different locking differentials, the Range Rover Sport can traverse all types of terrain, providing traction when and where required.