Brian Joss –
HST gets a supercharged V6
The 2016 Range Rover Sport brings customers more choices when it comes to personalisation and technology. Additionally, Land Rover’s most dynamic model gains a new variant in the Range Rover Sport HST.
The HST enhances the high performance Range Rover Sport driving experience thanks to its uprated 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine that produces 280kW and 450Nm – 30kW more than the current supercharged V6 model. Unique chassis settings and bespoke design features complement its higher performance.
To highlight the HST’s high performance capabilities Land Rover’s engineers have devised a unique Terrain Response set-up for the vehicle. It features a Dynamic Mode that optimises the suspension, Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) and other electronic systems to suit on-road driving. This feature provides more controlled electronic damping and a more responsive throttle pedal, while enhancing gearshifts and steering response to match the change in vehicle character.
Inside, the HST is finished with a duo tone seats trimmed in luxurious Oxford Leather. In combination with a contrast fascia, all-Ebony door trims and centre console and standard Ebony headlining, they create a unique environment. The high quality leather upholstery is available in four Ebony/colour combinations, along with an all-Ebony option.
Bespoke HST badging on the dashboard, carpet mats and the TFT instrument panel highlight the luxury model’s high performance focus. The sporty cues extend to Noble-plated paddle shift gear levers on the steering wheel and distinctive bright ‘Sports’ pedals, while the aluminium interior trim features a textured ‘Sports’ finish.
The Range Rover Sport line-up continues to offer breadth of capability, with dynamic on-road capabilities and Land Rover’s renowned off-road abilities. Customers wishing to take their Range Rover Sport off beaten track can now do so with more confidence, with the availability of Land Rover’s innovative All Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) system, on all SDV8 variants.
Dubbed ‘cruise control for off road’, this system lets drivers set a speed with which they are comfortable – ranging from 1.8km/h to 30km/h – while they only need to provide steering input. The vehicle’s systems will optimise traction and drivetrain settings, allowing for effortless progress on difficult terrain.
ATPC joins a host of new and improved convenience features that also come to other models in the line-up. These include a new, improved Surround Camera System that utilises a high-resolution camera for crisper graphics and enhanced clarity. This also introduces Rear Junction View, which uses the Surround Camera System to significantly improve rearward visibility when reversing out of parking spots. An integrated washer jet for the rear camera ensures clarity at all times and in all conditions.
The new Gesture Tailgate provides hands-free access to the luggage area. Sensors in the rear bumper let customers use their feet to gesture and open the rear tailgate. Placement of the sensors allows this to be achieved from either side of the vehicle when approaching from the kerbside.
Further automation includes Automatic Access Height. While previously controlled manually, the new system automatically lowers the vehicle once parked. Depending on conditions the system will lower the vehicle by as much as 50mm, for improved entry, exit and loading items in the rear.
Customers will also benefit from an increased range of personalisation options and an extended range of accessories. The Range Rover Sport will be available with three new paint options, and a total of seven interior colourways. Extended leather is now an option, and HSE, HST and SVR models will be fitted with climate seats as standard. A new Carbon Fibre Pack is also available, offering a sporty finish on side vents, tailgate trim, door mirror covers, a front grille surround, and fog lamp bezels, with bonnet vents finished in high-gloss lacquer.