Range Rover Sport HST debuts new hybrid engine
Land Rover has confirmed a special edition Range Rover Sport HST will join next year’s line-up, introducing the companys first all-new six-cylinder engine in 20 years..
Based on the Range Rover Sport, the HST retains its SUV capabilities but adds bespoke badges, carbon fibre trim details and new wheels.
On the inside, the HST features a red and black colour pattern with suede-cloth detailing, satin chrome gear shift paddles and a full safety suite.
But, the HST’s largest change is under the bonnet.
Debuting the brand’s newest addition to its Ingenium petrol and diesel engine, the HST will be powered by a new 3.0-litre straight turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine, the brand’s first in-line six-cylinder since 1997.
It gets an extra boost thanks to a 48V electric supercharger which Land Rover says improves power and increases responsiveness.
The Sport HST will be good for a 6.5 second sprint to 100km/h before reaching a top speed of 225km/h as well as being 20 per cent more fuel efficient than the previous V6 engines.
Land Rover says emissions are reduced by up to 75 per cent thanks to a gasoline particulate filter, but only in European models.
Part of Jaguar Land Rover’s new Ingenium petrol and diesel engine range that debuted in four-cylinder configurations two years ago, the mild hybrid six will eventually replace the current V6 petrol donk in bothe Land Rover and Jaguar models as part of the brand’s commitment to offer an electrified option on all new models from 2020.