Range Rover will show a powered-up version of its Sport at the 2015 New York Auto Show.
To be called Range Rover Sport HST it will feature an upgraded version of the supercharged 3.0-litre petrol V6 available in the current range, but with an additional 30kW, now out to an impressive 280kW peak. It will send its grunt to a constant four-wheel drive system via an eight-speed (though single-range) automatic gearbox.
The Sport HST will also gain bespoke design features and specific chassis settings to make the most of the extra performance. It will run ‘Stealth Pack’ head and tail lamps with non-reflective light surrounds, the dark theme continuing with a Santorini Black contrast roof and specific spoiler. Gloss black will feature on the bonnet and front wing vents, grille and fog lamp bezels, as well as the traditional ‘Range Rover’ lettering. HST badges are fitted to the front wing vents.
Dark satin grey 21-inch alloys shroud uprated 20-inch brakes, fitted with red calipers. Unique Sport HST suspension settings are focused on reducing body roll through corners. The Sport HST also has a dynamic drive mode which optimises engine, gearbox, suspension, steering and safety systems biased to suit on-road driving. Damping control can also be altered to further enhance response.
Two-tone interior trim is also a feature, the seats finished in oxford leather with specific HST badging to the dash, carpet mats and TFT instrument panel.
It forms part of a range of updates for the 2016 Range Rover Sport model year, which includes an optional ‘gesture tailgate’ and ‘automatic access height’, that will be built-in to Range Rover’s renowned adjustable-height air suspension system. The range will be available from Q4 2015, with pricing announced closer to the launch date.