2016 Range Rover Sport HST Bridges Performance Gap
Intermediate V-6 Model Brings 380 HP to the Table
Since it was introduced, the Range Rover Sport has been the brand’s performance flagship, and with the recent introduction of the 550hp Range Rover Sport SVR, it solidly established its high-performance credentials. However, with a pricetag of over $110,000, the SVR is out of reach of a lot of potential buyers looking for a high-performance SUV. Sensing there might be a market for an intermediate performance model between the base 340hp Range Rover Sport and the storming SVR, Land Rover is introducing the Range Rover Sport HST, which gives the 3.0L supercharged V-6 a performance boost but at a more attainable price point than the flagship SVR.
The supercharged V-6 gets a 40hp bump to 380 hp. To further set the HST apart, the model gets satin grey 21-inch alloy wheels and red painted brake calipers for a high-performance look. Special HST badging adorns the fender vents, and the “Sport” badge on the rear is red, reflecting the HST’s designation as part of the Dynamic range. The front and rear lamps get non-reflective surrounds and are complimented by a Santorini Black roof and rear spoiler. The power hits the pavement through a single-speed transfer case and a Torsen center differential. The interior features HST badging and Oxford leather, Ebony trim, and a contrasting dashboard. Pricing and availability details for the HST will be announced later this spring.
Source: Land Rover