Three years ago Land Rover introduced a Range Rover Sport HST at the New York Auto Show which used a supercharged 375-hp V6 for the first time. This year, the company has once again retrieved the precious tag signifying that the new Range Rover Sport will be a special iteration indeed. However, for the new SUV, Land Rover has ditched the V6 for a 3.0-litre inline-six engine.
The motor in question is said to churn out 394 horses along with 550Nm of torque, thanks to the electric supercharger and a turbocharger. Previously, this engine has been rumoured for Jaguar Land Rover for at least four years. These output numbers slot the SUV just above the 375hp HSE Dynamic that features the 3.0-litre supercharged V6.
The new Range Rover Sport HST hits the wall at 225kph with a 0-100kph time of 5.9 seconds.
Land Rover claims that the electric supercharger on the new Range Rover Sport HST can spool up to 12,000 rpm in half a second which eliminates turbo lag. Additionally, the HST will feature Land Rover’s first ever 48-volt mild hybrid system that uses brake energy recuperation to charge a set of batteries powering the electric motor. The same energy can be deployed during aggressive acceleration, helping the car reach triple-digit speeds in 5.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 225kph.
Land Rover claims that the electric supercharger on the new Range Rover Sport HST can spool up to 12,000 rpm in half a second.
The new HST trim offers a total of five colours and two wheel designs along with brake callipers that can be availed either in red or anodized grey colour. This is supplemented by extensive HST badging on the inside.
While the company has not announced the pricing on the new Range Rover Sport HST in the Middle East, we expect it cost a few thousand dollars less than the Autobiography Dynamic trim.