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Land Rover electrifies Range Rover Sport with new HST trim

A new I6 and a mild hybrid? What is this, Christmas?

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Land Rover on Wednesday unveiled the Range Rover Sport HST, a special edition with a new member of Jaguar Land Rover's Ingenium engine family.

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Land Rover claims this new turbocharged 3.0-liter I6 is smoother and stronger than the old V6.    

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It puts out about 395 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

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That's enough to get the SUV to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds.

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To help combat turbo lag and provide better response, Land Rover fitted the powertrain with an electric supercharger than can spin up to 120,000 RPM in just half a second.     

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Some of that juice will come from a new 48-volt mild hybrid system also fitted to the Range Rover Sport HST.    

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In addition to providing juice for the electric supercharger, it uses an electric motor to harvest energy under braking, and it should increase the amount of time the stop-start system can stay activated.

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Right now, Land Rover has only announced the Range Rover Sport HST for the UK, but it shouldn't be long before the company unveils the same trim for US-spec cars.   

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In the UK, the HST will set a buyer back £81,250 (about $105,000).    

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Keep scrolling to check out even more pictures of the latest Range Rover on the scene.

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