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New Range Rover Sport to get Detroit spin

Land Rover is to release an all-new Sport version of the Range Rover.

Powered by a supercharged 390hp V8 engine, the Range Rover Sport is designed to combine invigorating dynamic ability with outstanding comfort and refinement. It is a direct embodiment of the Range Rover Stormer concept vehicle, first seen at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The range-topper uses a developed version of Jaguar's 4.2-litre supercharged V8 engine, producing an electronically limited top speed of 140mph.

Power and torque are delivered to all four wheels through a ZF six-speed 'intelligent shift' automatic gearbox featuring sport programming and Land Rover's CommandShift™, which offers manual control of gearchanges.

In addition to the supercharged engine, two further Jaguar-derived units are available : a 300bhp, 4.4-litre petrol and the all-new 2.7-litre turbocharged V6 diesel. A six-speed automatic gearbox, with a sports mode and low range is standard.

Practical technologies include adaptive cruise control (its first Land Rover application), bi-xenon adaptive front lighting, and satellite navigation, both on- and off-road.

Audio systems by harman/kardon® and a twin-screen DVD rear-seat entertainment system, with high-resolution screens enclosed in the front seat head rests, are on the options list.

The Range Rover Sport makes its world debut in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The vehicle will be available from mid-2005 in Europe.

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