2012 Range Rover Sport Gets 8-Speed Automatic, More Powerful Diesel

The changes that Land Rover has announced for the 2011 Range Rover Sport may not be revolutionary, but they are definitely evolutionary. A number of improvements have been introduced, including revisions to the engine range’s output and emissions levels.

However, the biggest change for the 2012 model is the introduction of an 8-speed automatic gearbox that has been developed by ZF. The unit comes mated to a more powerful version of the 3.0-liter SDV6 diesel engine that has been boosted by 10 HP to a total of 256 HP. the diesel-burning Sport will not only be more powerful, but it will also be less polluting, as CO2 emissions have been reduced from 243g/km to 230g/km while combined fuel economy has improved from 30.7mpg to 32.1mpg UK.

The Range Rover Sport SDV6 will reportedly sprint from 0 to 60 mph (98 km/h) in 8.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h).

The top-of-the-range 5.0-liter supercharged V8 gasoline engine remains untouched for 2012, still providing your right foot with 510 horsepower of fun and a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) sprint time of 5.9 seconds.

Improvements that have been brought to the 2012 Range Rover Sport also include a wider range of exterior colors and interior trim. A new powered, restyled tailgate has been introduced across the range. Operated by the button located on the fascia or the key fob, the lift height can now be set by simply holding the tailgate at the desired height and pressing the tailgate button for 10 seconds.

The Supercharged version of the Sport is also fitted with a new 20" alloy wheel finished in Sparkle Silver with high-gloss lacquer.
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