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Land Rover’s second-generation Range Rover Sport has been officially launched in Britain’s idyllic Cotswolds this week, headlined by a global drive program for the international press.

The new Range Rover Sport represents the latest in a line of hugely successful designs from iconic British car maker, including the Range Rover Evoque (launched in 2011) and the more recent fourth-generation Range Rover.

Despite the current fanfare in the UK, Australian buyers will need to wait until November for the 2014 Range Rover Sport to arrive in local showrooms.

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In most cases, pricing for the new-generation Range Rover Sport represents only a slight increase on the outgoing seven-year-old model.

The new line-up will start at $102,800 for the entry-level TDV6 SE, which is powered by a 190kW/600Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 that takes it from 0-100km/h in 7.6 seconds.

The $113,600 SDV6 carries a more powerful 215kW/600Nm diesel powerplant that can push it from 0-100km/h in 7.2 seconds.

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Higher-spec models in the range include the HSE ($125,800) and the top-shelf Autobiography ($145,500).

The HSE is also available with a high-performance 250kW/450Nm 3.0-litre supercharged petrol V6 from $123,100.

Sitting at the top of the new Range Rover Sport line-up is the 375kW/625Nm 5.0-litre supercharged V8, available in either HSE Dynamic for $161,600 or Autobiography Dynamic from $182,400. Both models are able to sprint from 0-100km/h in a blistering 5.3 seconds.

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All Range Rover Sport variants feature permanent four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift option.

The TDV6 SE makes do with a single-speed transfer box, while the rest of the range gets a twin-speed transfer gearbox with high and low range.

A key feature of the new Sport model is its significantly lighter weight and subsequent fuel-efficiency gains over its predecessor.

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Up to 420kg has been shed, with the latest TDV6 and SDV6 weighing 2115kg and claiming 7.3-7.5L/100km combined. The V6 Supercharged tips the scales at 2144kg and averages 11.3L/100km, while the Supercharged V8 is the heaviest and thirstiest at 2310kg and 13.8L/100km.

Standard in the base model TDV6 is leather upholstery, rear parking sensors and rear-view camera, automatic headlamps, daytime running lights, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, 19-inch alloy wheels and a power tailgate.

Additional features include push-button start, cruise control, 380-watteight-speaker audio system, multifunction leather steering wheel, climate control, eight-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and Bluetooth phone and music streaming.

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The SDV6 adds high- and low-range gearing, adaptive suspension, Terrain Response 2 Auto and 20-inch alloy wheels, while the HSE specification for both the SDV6 and V6 Supercharged models gain paddleshifters, xenon headlamps, perforated leather, 14-way electrically adjustable front seats, electrically adjustable steering column, keyless auto-entry, front parking sensors and aluminium tread plates.

The Autobiography offers yet more equipment, including 21-inch alloys, 18-way power front seats, front seat heating and cooling, rear-seat heating, mood lighting, centre console cooling and a 19-speaker 825-watt audio system.

Only the V8 Supercharged HSE Dynamic and Autobiography models get dynamic suspension and torque vectoring with an active rear differential as standard equipment; on all other Range Rover Sport variants it is an $8100 option.

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Also new for the Range Rover Sport is the optional ‘5+2’ seating arrangement for an additional $3700 across the range.

There is also a host of option packages available for the new Range Rover Sport that vary in price depending on what model variant buyers choose.

Big-ticket options across the range include rear-seat entertainment ($5000), panoramic sunroof ($4000), adaptive cruise control ($4700), four-zone climate control ($3200), premium metallic paint ($4200) and a surround camera system for $1800.

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The Range Rover Sport gets a suite of airbags (front driver and passenger, side, seat-front, thorax, pelvis, curtain), as well as active systems such as an active speed limiter device, anti-locking brakes with emergency brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution and cornering brake control, and electronic stability control with traction control.

Hill decent control and roll stability control are also standard.

CarAdvice will post a full review of the new Range Rover Sport later this week. Stay tuned.

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2014 Range Rover Sport pricing

3.0L TDV6 SE 190kW Diesel – $102,800
3.0L SDV6 SE 215kW Diesel – $113,600
3.0L SDV6 HSE 215kW Diesel – $125,800
3.0L SDV6 Autobiography 215kW Diesel – $145,500

3.0L V6 Supercharged 250kW Petrol – $123,100
5.0L V8 Supercharged 375kW Petrol HSE Dynamic – $161, 600
5.0L V8 Supercharged 375 kW Petrol Autobiography Dynamic – $182,400