Range Rover Sport hits milestone with 1m units
Not too bad for a car that costs around £70k
The Range Rover Sport, the slightly smaller and less expensive alternative to the 'real' RR, was first unveiled as a concept vehicle in 2004 with an ambitious name, they called it the 'Stormer'. About a year later, at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show, they finally revealed the production version. Highbrows were raised and some purists didn't like it but it was a huge commercial success.
In January 2013, the second generation Range Rover Sport saw the light of day and the new baby spent the next few month beating world records. First, it set a new record for production SUVs at Pikes Peak in Colorado and then it set the fastest time on the Rub 'al Khali desert in Saudi Arabia. The SVR variant was introduced in 2014, followed by the first plug-in hybrid version in 2017 and actually, in 2018, the Range Rover Sport PHEV became the first vehicle to reach 'Heaven's Gate', a natural rock arch that sits atop China's Tianmen Mountain.
The 1,000,000th Range Rover Sport rolled off the assembly line in Solihull, UK and that's quite the achievement for a car that's not inexpensive. The 'on-the-road' price for a Range Rover Sport in the UK is £67,645, and while that's around £20k less expensive than its bigger sister, it's not what you'd call cheap.