Land Rover today released full technical information on the Range Rover Sport, the fifth nameplate in the company’s stable.

The Range Rover Sport is the best-performing and best-handling vehicle that Land Rover has ever built. Designed to complement the existing Range Rover – which continues as the company’s flagship – the Range Rover Sport is a completely new vehicle, a more compact, more agile and more performance-oriented SUV.

Based on the new Discovery, it combines dynamic ability with comfort and refinement. Land Rover calls it a ‘sports tourer’. This reflects its ability to cover long journeys quickly and comfortably, and yet also to deliver sharp handling and performance. Its on-road prowess is complemented by class-leading off-road capability.

The top-line version uses a 390 bhp Jaguar-derived supercharged V8 engine and has a top speed of 140 mph, electronically limited.  A normally aspirated V8 and turbodiesel V6 are also available.

“The Range Rover Sport competes in the growing performance SUV market, but is different from all rivals,” says managing director Matthew Taylor.

“It is a sports tourer that offers the excitement of a performance car but with the versatility and go-anywhere ability of a Land Rover. Unlike rivals, its high performance doesn’t stop when the road gets rough – or runs out. It is an outstanding four-wheel drive off-roader, as you’d expect from Land Rover. And on road, compared with its rivals, we believe it is less frenetic, more refined and more comfortable. It all adds up to the broadest range of capability in its class. It also perfectly complements the existing Range Rover – the most complete luxury SUV.”

Prices start at £34,995 for the entry-level Range Rover Sport 2.7-litre TDV6 S diesel and rise to £58,995 for the top-of-the-range petrol 4.2-litre V8 Supercharged ‘First Edition’.