The 2010 Range Rover Sport HSE LUX brings the classic styling of the original luxury SUV to a midsized package with outstanding driving dynamics and a powertrain to match. HSE LUX models add sophistication to an already refined, luxurious ride.
Ever since the blower Bentleys dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the late 1920s, a mesh grille has come to symbolize high-performance vehicles, and the 2010 Range Rover Sport HSE LUX (MSRP $64,295 including destination) is no exception. The new, two-bar, diamond mesh design on the Sportís face is flanked by a pair of LED headlamps with Range Rover's signature interlocked circle design. Below the grille, the bumper has been refashioned with a larger air intake to help feed and cool the improved powerplant.
The new bumper is now better integrated with the fenders, highlighting Land Rover's quality and craftsmanship. The metal flows back into the vents behind the front wheel arches, which now incorporate the same diamond mesh found in the grille. On the HSE LUX, those wheel arches are filled with standard 20-inch 15-spoke alloy wheels and premium all-weather tires. LED turn-signal indicators, body-colored side mirrors and a resculpted rear bumper further enhance the Range Rover Sportís appearance.
Inside, the Range Rover Sport HSE LUX exceeds even the highest expectations. The 2010 editionís revisions start with a new instrument cluster. The highly legible speedometer and tachometer flank a new, five-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) driver information screen that displays auxiliary gauges, the trip computer and any other information that should be directly in front of the driver.
Every 2010 Range Rover Sport comes with a standard array of entertainment and information systems that includes a 480-watt, 14-speaker harman/kardon LOGIC7 Surround audio system with available SIRIUS Satellite and HD Radio receivers. If the available radio stations donít offer anything you want to hear, standard USB and iPod ports allow direct control and playback of other sources. All of this can be managed by the driver or front passenger through the seven-inch touch-screen display embedded in the dashboard.
That high-resolution display is also the interface to the all-new hard-drive-based navigation system. A hard-drive system accommodates a much larger database of points of interest and offers significantly faster access and route calculation. The new system displays the signs drivers can expect to see along the route, so they are better prepared for turns and exits.
The standard rearview camera provides a watchful eye of whatís lurking behind. It also helps the driver with a wide-angle view, useful when backing or hooking up a trailer. Visibility is further enhanced by the LUXís Adaptive Front Lighting System, which looks around corners as the vehicle turns, and the Automatic High Beam Assist, which maximizes lighting without blinding oncoming drivers.
The HSE LUX edition wraps all five seats, the steering wheel and shift lever in premium leather, which can be further enhanced with Alcantara center sections. When the mercury drops, passengers will be happy with the two-stage heating system in both front and rear seats. The high-quality leather is augmented by genuine straight-grain walnut or anigre (an African hardwood) veneers, or a high-gloss black lacquer finish along the dashboard, door panels and center console.
Of course, the Range Rover Sport couldn't be a part of the Land Rover family without its go-anywhere capabilities. Its full-time four-wheel drive system how has upgraded controls for the Terrain Response and Hill Descent Systems. Terrain Responseô allows the driver to select optimized engine and handling settings for the surface they are driving on for maximum traction while Hill Descent automatically applies the brakes and manages vehicle speed while crawling down steep grades, so the driver can focus on avoiding obstacles.
The new 5.0-liter V8 includes a next-generation direct injection system, which helps it to achieve 375 hp and 375 lb/ft of torque. The naturally aspirated HSE LUX can now sprint to 60 mph in just 7.2 seconds, virtually matching the performance of the supercharged 4.2-liter V8 in the previous model while getting seven percent better fuel economy. Because the Range Rover Sport can so easily go off into the woods, the V8 has been upgraded from the Jaguar version with a waterproofed belt drive, alternator, air conditioning compressor, power steering pump and starter motor. As a result, the Range Rover Sport can easily wade through 27.5 inches of water without issue.
On the road, the new Adaptive Dynamics System replaces conventional shock absorbers with continuously variable dampers featuring DampTronic Valve Technologyô. The result is both significantly improved ride comfort, no matter what the road conditions, and improved handling capability for a more secure feeling while driving. The system monitors both road conditions and driver behavior 500 times per second to provide the best possible balance at all times.
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