Range Rover Sport HST special edition gets new inline-6

Soon after announcing its new Ingenium inline-six petrol engine, Land Rover has gone and unveiled its first application; the MY2019.5 Range Rover Sport HST special edition.

Based on the Range Rover Sport, obviously, the bonnet hides the all-new 3.0-litre twin-charged inline-six engine (turbo and electric supercharger). It produces an impressive 294kW and 550Nm, which, in the big Sport, provides 0-100km/h acceleration in just 6.2 seconds.

Thanks to a range of clever technologies, including the electric supercharger which is able to spool up in just 0.5 seconds, along with a 48V mild hybrid electric system, the Range Rover Sport HST is stamped with a combined cycle fuel consumption of 9.3L/100km.

The mild hybrid system includes stop-start functionality, and incorporates regenerative braking capability to store power in the 48V battery. This power can then be used for various purposes, including when pulling away from a standstill. Speaking about the new powertrain, Nick Rogers, executive director of product engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, said:

“Inline six-cylinder engines are inherently better balanced than V6 designs and our all-new Ingenium unit builds on that promise to optimise efficiency in all operating conditions. Advanced features, including an electric supercharger, ensure distinctive Range Rover Sport performance and responses, while the intelligent MHEV system harvests energy to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.”

Aside from the brand-new engine, the Range Rover Sport HST also comes with some sporty highlights, such as carbon fibre trimming for the bonnet, front grille, side vents, and tailgate. There’s also unique badges and unique interior combinations.

Other highlights include red brake calipers, satin chrome paddle shifters, and the full Terrain Response 2 off-road system. Buyers will be able to select from five exterior colours; Carpathian Grey, Firenze Red, Fuji White, Indus Silver, and Santorini Black.

The special edition is available to order now in the UK, where it’s priced from £81,250 OTR. There are no plans for it to be introduced in Australia at this stage, although the new engine will eventually arrive here in around 12 months.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.