The Range Rover Sport lineup currently has a large gap between the base 340-horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 and the next engine in line, which is the 510-horse 5.0-liter V-8. Apparently, Land Rover noticed this gap too and decided to fill it with a new version of the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine. This new engine, along with the HST trim level that it comes standard with, will make its debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show on April 1st.
Ahead of its debut, Land Rover went ahead and put all of its card on the table. This new engine puts down 380 horsepower, closing the gap between the 3.0-liter and the 5.0-liter by 40 ponies. There is no mention of a different transmission for this engine, so I can only assume that it mates to the same eight-speed CommandShift automatic that the base 3.0-liter engine pairs with.
Land Rover also retuned the chassis to deliver a sportier ride by way of reduced body roll and more responsive brakes. The automaker didn’t specify what upgrades the HST’s suspension and braking systems have, but it’s sure to announce that during its official debut.
The extra power and retuned chassis is not all the HST trim level comes with. It also features 21-inch alloy rollers in an exclusive dark satin grey finish, red-painted calipers, front and rear fog lights, a Santorini Black roof, a new spoiler, gloss-black-finished fender vents, grille and fog light bezels, distinct detailing on the front bumper vents, and HST badges.
Land Rover also decked out the HST’s cabin, as it comes standard with Oxford Leather seating with a contrasting dashboard, and ebony door trim, center console and headliner. Additionally, HST badges on the floor mats and dashboard set the model apart, while noble-plated paddle shifters, bright sport pedals, and aluminum trim give it that touch of sportiness it needs to remind you that this is no normal Range Rover Sport.
Land Rover will announce the HST’s pricing and release date later in 2015. We’ll learn more details about the 2016 Range Rover Sport HST when it debuts on April 1st.