2015 Range Rover Sport HST Is A Perfectly Rounded Sport SUV With Just Enough Power To Make You Feel Happy
Published March 29, 2015
Bridging the gap between range topping Range Rover SVR and “normal” civil version, Land Rover revealed the new kid on the block dubbed the Range Rover HST. Peeking into the sporty side of the SUV world, the very luxurious and rather impressive looking Range Rover HST represents a bold step in the process of keeping Range Rover a luxurious brand as it was recognized from the beginning.
Interestingly, the Range Rover HST comes to the market just before the famous British SUV maker unveils its newest and most expensive car ever – top of the range Range Rover. However, we have to wait for the New York Auto Show to see exactly what the Brits cooked up this time. In the meantime we have the opportunity to examine the Range Rover HST which is updated in every way possible, but as it represents the sporty side of the Range Rover, the biggest changes were done on the suspension and under the bonnet.
Now, this is not a Koenigsegg Regera, or a Porsche 911 GT3 RS, but it is a vehicle that will set an example on the street and that aims to convince the buyers that it is capable of everything. For now, everyone knows that Land Rover makes exceptional luxurious off road machines and apart from a few flashes before, it is hard to remember when ws the last time they have had a truly remarkable sports SUV. We remember that Range Rover Sport who lapped the ‘Ring in just over eight minutes, but the HST isn’t the kind of a car that is suppose to tackle the Range Rover Sport 5.0 Supercharged.
The HST is a more dignified and refined Range Rover. It features an improved and stiffer chassis and equipment that virtually diminished body roll. We have seen something similar on the Mercedes Benz M-class, or how they like to call it nowadays – the GLE-class. Nevertheless, the Range Rover HST should be able to corner better and with adjusted dampers and springs it should be faster round the corners. These aren’t the only changes evident on it. Terrain Response system with a Dynamic Mode optimizing suspension, electronic systems and the electric steering are features that were enhanced and adapted for use on a car that can roll on 21 inch or 22 inch wheels.
Obviously, with such huge wheels, updated suspension and more driving aids than before, the Range Rover HST is a real sporty SUV. It is advanced as the others as well. Using in house built three liter V6 twin turbocharged engine which produces 380 HP, the HST can achieve some serious speed. This engine is exactly 40 HP more powerful than the engine on the lesser grade car. Even though we are not acquainted with the performance of the new car, just by knowing that the Range Rover Sport 3.0 (340 HP) can achieve 62 mph in 7.2 seconds gives us the right to think that this one can make the same in less than 7 seconds thus making the Range Rover Sport HST even faster than some hot hatches.
The 2016 Range Rover Sport HST isn’t exactly the fastest out there, but with key improvements in the most important areas it just might be the most exciting. It certainly is the optimum car to choose if your into Sport SUVs.
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