The Range Rover Sport Goes Plug-in Hybrid For 2018

05 October, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Pamela Mathis
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Details have leaked ahead of the official debut, and they're pretty great.

Also as part of the mid-life update, power of the SVR's 5.0-litre supercharged V8 has been raised from 550hp to 575hp to help improve the 0-100kph time from 4.8sec to 4.6sec. The current one has been around since 2013, when its Daniel Craig-assisted NY debut redefined new auto launch bravado (it doesn't get much ballsier than getting James Bond to shut down four blocks of Midtown Manhattan).

Of course, if you just want to do fast things in a vehicle, you could save about 40 large and pick up an equally quick Porsche droptop - the new SVR stickers at $114,595.

Coming as part of a raft of updates to the Range Rover Sport line-up, the 404PS plug-in version - dubbed the P400e in a new naming structure being adopted by the brand - claims a potential electric-driven range of 31 miles, 101mpg on the combined fuel cycle and 64g/km Carbon dioxide emissions. It will cover 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds and hit a maximum speed of 220km/h.

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With the new-look cabin the Range Rover Sport line up is now priced from £61,315 - an increase of around £3,000 over the outgoing model which was introduced back in 2013. Powered by a 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor, it has a combined system output of 398 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque.

The Sport plug-in hybrid will offer the usual complement of driving modes associated with PHEVs, running in "Parallel Hybrid" mode by default, meaning the petrol engine and electric motor automatically juggle drive between them, depending on power demands. Outside, the Sport gets the latest advanced LED "matrix pixel" headlights, set within a redesigned front grille. The system can be charged in two hours, 45 minutes with the aid of a 32amp wall box or seven hours and 30 minutes using the standard 10amp charging cable. The previous four-cylinder Sport was already the wrong side of two tonnes; expect the addition of an 85kW electric motor and a 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery module to have done it no favours at all. At the top of the range is the SVR version, sporting 575 hp and a $114,595 price tag. The updates include the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which features two 10.0in touchscreens, up to 12 power points and Activity Key, which allows owners to lock and unlock their vehicle without a key fob.

And if the hybrid isn't for you, a new 296bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine has joined the Range Rover Sport line-up.

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