- Range Rover Sport range gets full ‘enhancement’
- New straight six diesel Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) added to the existing engine range.
- New special editions, including ‘Black’, joining the range alongside the HSE Silver and striking SVR Carbon Edition.
- New exterior colour options and interior choices.
- Range Rover epitomises ‘sustainable luxury’, according to Land Rover UK.
- Range Rover Sport is priced from £65,295 OTR in the UK.
Footballers of the world take note - because the Premier League’s most popular ride has been given an extensive makeover.
The words ‘Range Rover Sport’ and ‘V8’ often go hand in hand, and have done for some time.
And if you’re set on Sport with that characterful mill, you can absolutely still opt for one - with a supercharged petrol V8 producing 575 PS still available in vehicles like the SVR.
But the old 4.4 litre diesel engines have now been ditched altogether and replaced by a brand new ‘Ingenium’ 3.0-litre six-cylinder MHEV (Mild-Hybrid Electric Vehicle) unit instead.
In ‘D300’ guise you get 300PS and 650Nm of torque at 1,500rpm to 2,500rpm.
In ‘D350’ trim power jumps to 350PS and torque increases to 700Nm at 1,500rpm to 3,000rpm.
And what that means is all the performance of V8 without the hefty fuel consumption and emissions, with the D350 diesel is also capable of powering the sport from 0-60mph in just 6.5 seconds
Prof Gerry McGovern OBE, Land Rover Chief Creative Officer, said: “The Range Rover Sport is a unique statement of performance with an assertive and powerful design."
“Its refined appearance speaks to the modernity of the Range Rover family, while a series of unique aesthetic touches mark out its sporting nature.”
Which brings us to the new editions.
The ‘HSE Silver’ boasts ‘Shadow Atlas’ exterior trim finishes, privacy glass and 21-inch gloss black and contrast diamond-turned alloy wheels fitted as standard.
It’s also got a fixed panoramic roof, a handy cooler compartment in the front, and Land Rover’s ear-cosseting Meridian Surround Sound System.
Meanwhile the ‘Black’ edition is based on the HSE Dynamic and features an exterior ‘Black Pack’, giving the Range Rover Sport ‘extra road presence with matching 21-inch Gloss Black alloy wheels, Privacy Glass and an all-black interior on the P400e and 22” wheels as standard on the D300’, according to Land Rover.
Slightly confusingly, the ‘Black’ is also available in ‘Carpathian Grey’ with a contrast roof - which is arguably the most attractive colour offering.
The Black also boasts the panoramic roof and top-spec sound system.
And for high-performance customers, the SVR Carbon Edition features swathes of carbon fibre detailing - on the bonnet centre section, front bumper insert surrounds, main grille and vent surrounds.
A Land Rover spokesperson says: “Strong performance is backed up by an engaging drive that strikes a fine balance between dynamism and comfort.
“The Range Rover Sport’s advanced all-wheel drive and air suspension both constantly adapt and respond to road conditions, providing driver feedback and involvement, while retaining the superior refinement that customers expect.
“Lightweight aluminium construction is a key factor behind the Range Rover Sport’s agile handling and dynamic responses.”
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