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NY preview: 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HST

by Ronan Glon

The mid-level HST packs a supercharged 380-horsepower V6 engine.

Land Rover has introduced a new mid-range version of the Range Rover Sport dubbed HST. The latest addition to the Land Rover lineup will be presented to the public next week at the New York Motor Show.

Power for the Range Rover Sport HST comes from a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 380 horsepower, 40 more than when bolted in the engine bay of the SE and HSE models. The extra grunt allows the HST to reach 60 mph from a stop in less than 6.9 seconds, though full technical details will be announced in New York City.

The Sport's suspension has been thoroughly tweaked and the brakes have been upgraded in order to safely bring the behemoth to a stop.

Visually, the HST stands out thanks to blacked-out lights on both ends, gloss black trim all around, a redesigned lower bumper, Santorini Black paint on the roof and a model-specific spoiler. 21-inch alloy wheels come standard, and 22-inch alloys are available at an extra cost.

The cockpit has been spruced up with seats upholstered in two-tone Oxford Leather as well as Ebony trim on the door panels and the center console. Noble-plated paddles let the driver manually shift the eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HST will go on sale across the nation next month, and the first deliveries are scheduled to take place later this year. Pricing information and a full set of details will be published closer to the HST's on-sale date.

The HST will be offered in North America, in China, in Russia and in the Middle East, but at the time of writing Land Rover is not planning on adding the model to its lineup in Europe, where demand for large, powerful SUVs is relatively weak at best.

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