A new addition to the Range Rover line-up in South Africa is the in-line six-cylinder 3.0 litre petrol engine in a choice of two outputs. The mild hybrid engines
enhance performance, refinement, responses, and improved fuel efficiency. The electric supercharger delivers immediate response, spooling fully in just 0.5 seconds at up to 6 500 rpm which virtually eliminates turbo lag. Supported by a twin-scroll turbocharger and Continuous Variable Valve Lift (CVVL) which boosts power and helps the engine breath with maximum efficiency.
The 3.0 litre engine is paired with an electric motor and the all-new Start-Stop system switches off when stationary allowing the system to harvest energy while the vehicle is decelerating and store it in a 48V battery. This energy can then be re-deployed through torque-assist reducing the workload on the engine and decreasing CO2 emissions. The Range Rover Sport P360 S, SE, or HSE (265kW) delivers fuel economy of 9.2L/100km and CO2 emissions of 213g/km, while accelerating from zero to 100km/hr in 6.6 seconds. Exclusively on the new HST model a more powerful 294kW version of the MHEV Ingenium engine moves the Range Rover Sport from zero to 100km/hr in 5.9 seconds reaching a top speed of 225 km/hr. Fuel economy remains the same as the other variants with CO2 emissions slightly less at 209g/km.
This latest six-cylinder engine was designed and developed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover at the Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, West Midlands in England. Exterior updates include carbon fibre trim on the bonnet, front grille, side vents and tailgate. Choice of two alloy wheel designs and five exterior colours, – Santorini Black, Fuji White, Hakuba Silver, Firenze Red and Carpathian Grey. The top version HST will have red brake callipers with a grey anodised option also available. Inside we have a host of features to attract the Range Rover buyer. 16-way Dynamic front seats feature an updated colour pattern with suede cloth detailing on the steering wheel and gear lever. The gear shift paddles are finished in a Satin Chrome..
Further enhancements include Advanced Cruise Control – featuring Stop and Go and Steering Assist – alongside High-Speed Emergency Braking and Terrain Response 2.
The Range Rover Sport P360 will retail at R1 369 000 and the HST R1 874 600. Available in South Africa now.