Thursday, December 3, 2009

Facelifted Range Rover Sport gets new V6 Diesel and V8 Petrol units

With the presentation of the 2010 Range Rover Sport we complete our coverage on the facelifted Land Rovers that began with the 2010 Range Rover and continued with the 2010 Discovery 4 or LR4. Like its two other siblings, the updated Range Rover Sport that will bow for the first time to the public at the New York Auto Show, benefits from upgrades to the design and under-the-skin enhancements.

Changes to the exterior are more widespread compared to the standard Range Rover and include a redesigned fascia with new LED headlamps, two-bar grille, front bumper and wings while at the rear, the luxury SUV gains new light clusters and a restyled bumper.

The Range Rover Sport's interior has also been subtly redesigned with Land Rover officials claiming that the facia now has 50 per cent fewer switches thus offering a cleaner look. The higher quality materials and the updated trim options complete the upgrades.

The most significant changes on the 2010 Range Rover Sport are however to its powertrains as the SUV benefits from two new engines, a 3.0-liter twin-turbo diesel producing 245HP and 600Nm of torque and a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 petrol unit with 510HP and 625Nm. Both engines are hooked up to a revised six-speed automatic transmission.

Land Rover has also fiddled around with the Range Rover Sport's chassis to improve handling. The facelifted model sees the introduction of new systems such as Adaptive Dynamics that works in conjunction with the existing Dynamic Response, and the addition of the more road-focused Dynamic Program to the Terrain Response system.

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