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New Range Rover Sport HST: 294kW special edition boosts line-up

2019-02-13 11:52
Range Rover Sport

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The Range Rover Sport effortlessly combines dynamic on-road handling, luxurious refinement and trademark Land Rover all-terrain capability. 

The introduction of an all-new 294kW in-line 6-cylinder 3.0-litre petrol engine enhances performance, refinement and responses along with improved fuel economy.

More power

Available initially on the special edition HST model, the all-new 294kW Ingenium engine is more responsive and better balanced than the previous V6 petrol.

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With 550Nm of torque, it powers the Range Rover Sport from 0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds and to a top speed of 225km/h.

The smooth and responsive engine has an innovative combination of advanced features, including the introduction of an electric supercharger to deliver immediate power response. 

Able to spool fully in just 0.5 seconds at up to 120 000rpm via a direct connection with the throttle, the new technology virtually eliminates turbo lag.

Range Rover Sport

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Supported by a twin-scroll turbocharger and Continuous Variable Valve Lift, which boost power and help the engine breathe with maximum efficiency, the design of the engine optimises performance and fuel economy as well as reducing emissions – all with customary Range Rover poise and refinement.

The latest step

These performance-boosting technologies work alongside a new Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) powertrain that is underpinned by the new engine, bringing enhanced efficiency to the range with fuel economy of 9.3 litre/100km.

This is the latest step Land Rover has taken towards meeting its commitment of offering an electrified option on all new models from 2020.

Range Rover Sport

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The clever system is based around an all-new Start-Stop system that switches off when stationary and pairs the latest 3.0-litre engine with an electric motor. 

This allows the system to harvest energy through regenerative braking and store it in a 48V battery for later use, such as when pulling away from a standing start.

Range Rover Sport

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Designed and developed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover, the latest six-cylinder Ingenium engine will be manufactured at the Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, alongside the current four-cylinder petrol and diesel units.

Distinctive and intelligent

Nick Rogers, Executive Director of Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Roverm said: "In-line six-cylinder engines are inherently better balanced than V6 designs and our all-new Ingenium unit builds on that promise to optimise efficiency in all operating conditions.

"Advanced features, including an electric supercharger, ensure distinctive Range Rover Sport performance and responses, while the intelligent MHEV system harvests energy to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions."

The petrol engine will be available on the special edition HST model, which features a unique combination of interior and exterior updates including bespoke badging and carbon fibre trim on the bonnet, front grille, side vents and tailgate.

Customers will have a choice of two alloy wheel designs and five exterior colours – Santorini Black, Fuji White, Indus Silver, Firenze Red and Carpathian Grey. The HST will be identified by red brake calipers, with a grey anodised option also available.

Range Rover Sport

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Inside, the 16-way Dynamic front seats feature an updated colour pattern with suedecloth detailing on the steering wheel and gear lever, Satin Chrome gear shift paddles and an HST badged facia.

In addition, the available suite of safety enhancements includes optional Adaptive Cruise Control – featuring Stop & Go and Steering Assist – alongside High-Speed Emergency Braking. 

Owners will also benefit from traditional capability features, such as Terrain Response 2.

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