The darling of the SUV market, Land Rover has driving enthusiasts geared up for the 2012 Range Rover Sport. With improved engineering and design the Sport is equally comfortable in the urban jungle and great outdoors.
The Range Rover Sport boasts Land Rover’s 5.0 LR-V8 petrol engine; with 375kW and 625Nm torque. The diesel TDV6 engine kicks out 180kW and 600Nm of torque making both vehicles eco-friendly and economical. One of the Sport’s most notable changes has to be the ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox with rotary gear shift selector and paddle shift. The impressive engines are paired with the ultra-refined ZF HP28 6-speed automatic transmission.
The chassis is complemented by high performance braking systems which include four-piston opposed calliper front disc brakes on the diesel models and lightweight aluminium, six-piston Brembo callipers for the supercharged models. A variable ratio steering rack improves stability in high speed cruising and increases driver involvement on twisting roads. The Range Rover Sport models feature Hill Start Assist, Gradient Acceleration Control and Hill Descent Control for increased off-road ability.
The Range Rover Sport’s interior is equally impressive and sports the latest in comfort, safety and luxury. A significant upgrade is the addition of the MOST Gen 2.1 electrical architecture to the Hi-ICE and Premium audio and infotainment systems. There’s new connectivity supporting DVD audio formats on the Hi-Line and Premium systems, a Hard Disc Drive Music server, Dual Tuner to give a seamless signal, iPod and video streaming by USB, audio streaming by Bluetooth and two USB ports are located in the console lid. The next generation Sport includes 7-inch touch-screen Dual View technology, allowing the driver to view the navigation display and the passenger free to watch a DVD at the same time.
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