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2020 Range Rover Sport HST: New 395-HP Inline Six

2020 Range Rover Sport HST: New 395-HP Inline Six

JLR Builds New Inline Six

Jaguar Land Rover, aka JLR, recently revealed a new 395-horsepower inline six engine. Currently, the Range Rover Sport has a 3.0-liter supercharged V6. The major flaw with this engine is that it is actually a V8 block. Yes, that is correct. Basically, due to JLR being a smaller company, a cheap alternative to developing a new engine is to use one already in the shop. So, engineers put a 6-cylinder heads into a V8 block. Although the engine works, it is not efficient or optimal. But, now, that is going to change! One of the first vehicles to contain this engine will be the 2020 Range Rover Sport HST.

A Dive into the New Inline Six

2020 Range Rover Sport HST - New 3.0-Liter Supercharged Inline Six - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Range Rover Sport HST – New 3.0-Liter Supercharged Inline Six – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Now, let’s take a dive into the new inline six. The 2020 Range Rover Sport HST will use the new 3.0-liter supercharged inline six. This motor produces 395 horsepower and 405 lb.-ft. of torque. Obviously, this is with the help of the single twin-scroll supercharger. On top of that, there is actually a 48-volt electric supercharger. This helps minimize boost timing and maintain energy that is otherwise lost to the environment.

Regardless, this car can hit 60 mph in only 5.9 seconds. This is 0.9 seconds faster than the typical Sport with the V6 engine. As with JLR, superchargers are spanning the market including other manufacturers such as Audi.

Ready for the 2020 Range Rover HST?

New Range Rover Sport HST – Land Rover – YouTube

So, now that the info is out there, are you ready for the 2020 Range Rover Sport HST? As a 2020 model year, the car may arrive in late 2019 or early 2020. With a tip of the hat to the previous V6 variant, the new I6 will conquer that loss. The new motor allows JLR to compete with more sophisticated manufacturers. And, the idea behind the electric supercharger, is already in use by Mercedes-Benz models. Basically, it absorbs energy from the brakes and so forth to provide boost and power certain functions. At some point, this information will be available from JLR. In conclusion, the HST will be a game changer for the manufacturer… and is probably ready for a run at the Dragon Challenge!

2020 Range Rover Sport HST - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Range Rover Sport HST – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Prince Philip Flips Range Rover in Controversial Accident

Prince Philip Flips Range Rover in Controversial Accident

Prince Philip Crashes in Sandringham

Prince Charles - Prince of Wales - Attending Church at Sandringham - Christmas Day 2017 - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Prince Charles – Prince of Wales – Attending Church at Sandringham – Christmas Day 2017 – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

After an accident in mid-January, Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, is recovering at home. While driving near the Sandringham Estate, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was “blinded by the light”. This led him to pull out in front of an oncoming vehicle. At 97 years of age, many question if the Prince should even be on the road. During the incident, the Range Rover rolled onto the roof, creating a disastrous scene. The Sandringham Estate is usually meant for relaxing during the Christmas holiday season. Although there were injuries in the accident, none were devastating or fatal, thankfully. Now, this situation is being called as Prince Philip’s Royal Wreck.

Viewpoint of the Victim

In Prince Philip’s Royal Wreck, there were 3 passengers in the victim’s vehicle. Emma Fairweather, the passenger of thus vehicle, unfortunately has a broken wrist. On top of this, it apparently took about 2 hours for an ambulance to assist with her injuries. While there were two adults on board, there was also a baby. Fortunately, the baby was safe in the accident and wasn’t injured. The victim is also claiming that Prince Philip nor Queen Elizabeth II have apologized for the accident. She also doubts the claim that the Prince couldn’t see due to the sun. But, she still loves and supports the royal couple. On the Prince’s side of the story, thankfully it wasn’t the Virage Volante!

A PR Disaster for the Royal Family

Prince Philip car crash: Range Rover overturns with Duke of Edinburgh at wheel – The Royal Magazine – YouTube

Prince Philip’s Royal Wreck is becoming a PR disaster for the royal family. With controversial info, this is causing a ruckus in the U.K., and worldwide. Surprisingly, Prince Philip was seen just 2 days later driving without a seatbelt… phew! Driving at his age, 97 years old, is probably not a great decision. Why not take a ride in the back of a Rolls instead? For anyone with interest, debris from this accident is actually available on eBay. In the end, this article draws no official conclusion on fault and reason but displays available information from new sources worldwide. Thankfully, no one was fatally or permanently injured in this accident.

2018 Range Rover Sport: Dragon Challenge

2018 Range Rover Sport: Dragon Challenge

A New Adventure for Range Rover

For the 2018 Range Rover Sport, the company decided to take on the Dragon Challenge. The 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge encompasses Tianmen Mountain Road in the Hunan Province of China. This road incorporates 99 hairpin turns on 7 miles of mountainside road. Usually, this road is strictly in use by ECO buses. Furthermore, to reach the summit, there is a 999-step staircase. This staircase leads to “Heaven’s Gate”, a natural rock arch in the mountainside. Mythically, this location is thought to be where the mortal world comes into contact with the world of the gods.

Specifications of the Range Rover Sport

2018 Range Rover Sport - Dragon Challenge - Tianmen Mountain Road - Land Rover Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Sport – Dragon Challenge – Tianmen Mountain Road – Land Rover Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge requires quite the vehicle to complete. The 2018 Range Rover Sport SE starts at a price of $68,750. In this deal, a 3.0-liter motor is included that produces 254 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows it to reach 60 mph in only 7.2 seconds. Furthermore, the Sport has a top speed of 130 mph. Finally, to optimize the hill climb, this car features different modes for functionality. These range from Terrain Response levels to Mud and Ruts mode.

Completing the Dragon Challenge

2018 Range Rover Sport - Dragon Challenge - 45-Degree Angle Staircase - Side Perspective - Land Rover Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Sport – Dragon Challenge – 45-Degree Angle Staircase – Side Perspective – Land Rover Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

”The Dragon Challenge is the hardest challenge I’ve ever been involved with because I can’t categorically say that we will succeed.” – Phil Jones, Land Rover Experience Special Projects Expert

To complete the 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge, the company decided to use driver Ho-Pin Tung. He is a Le Mans 24 Hours winner and driver for the Jaguar Formula E Racing team. The first step was to tackle Tianmen Mountain Road’s 7-miles of 99 hairpin turns. In Terrain Response 2 mode, the SUV maneuvers better, allowing to complete it with ease. But, that was not the major challenge. The largest challenge was tackling the 45-degree angle of the 999 step staircase to “Heaven’s Gate”. In Mud and Ruts mode, the Sport was able to accomplish this feat. This made the Range Rover Sport the first car that made it to “Heaven’s Gate” in only 22 minutes and 41 seconds.

Who Will Accomplish the Challenge Next?

Range Rover Sport | Dragon Challenge – Land Rover Deutschland – YouTube

After such a feat by Range Rover, it is only a certain amount of time before contenders step up to the plate. Obviously, this depends if China officials allow it to take place again. The 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge is quite impressive, showing the capabilities of the SUV. With many different modes, the Sport can handle everything from hairpin turns to off-road adventures. Although it is a bit pricey, this car is definitely worth it for those who can afford it. The Maserati Levante was aimed at the Sports level of market, but probably can’t accomplish this type of feat. But, nobody truly knows, so maybe they should try it sometime. In conclusion, the 2018 Range Rover Sport is a beastly SUV showing the power of the Land Rover company.

2018 Range Rover Sport - Dragon Challenge - 45-Degree Angle Staircase - Land Rover Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Sport – Dragon Challenge – 45-Degree Angle Staircase – Land Rover Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar: Land Rover’s Newest Entry into Market

2018 Range Rover Velar: Land Rover’s Newest Entry into Market

The All-New Range Rover Velar

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Front in Motion - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Front in Motion – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

For the 2018 model year, Land Rover is releasing the Range Rover Velar. The 2018 Range Rover Velar is the newest entry into the SUV market by Land Rover. With a base MSRP of $49,000, this vehicle has enough upgrade options to end up with a $103,265 MSRP machine. Basically, for double the base MSRP, you’d receive a fully loaded First Edition model. Otherwise, there are three body style options: First Edition, R-Dynamic, and Velar Base.

The Velar has a Ton of Engine Options

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Front Corner - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Front Corner – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The 2018 Range Rover Velar has multiple options for the engine depending on the body style. For the Velar base model, the vehicle sports a 247 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Simultaneously, the Velar S and SE also contain this same motor option. Furthermore, on top of this, there is a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine with only 180 horsepower for the S  version. Obviously, this version has more torque for the S version. Lastly, the Velar S and SE can also be upgraded to the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 380 horsepower. Moreover, these motors are used within the First Edition and R-Dynamic as well.

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Engine - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Engine – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The Velar R-Dynamic edition arrives in a SE or HSE version. All three motors above appear in the SE and HSE versions of the R-Dynamic. Nonetheless, it simply comes down to how power hungry the customer is as well as how wide their pocket is as well. Lastly, the First Edition version of the Velar only arrives in the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine. Subsequently, this makes the First Edition over $20,000 more in value than the base model. Basically, each body style, engine, and specification pack alter the price which will be shown below.

Pricing Options Galore for the Velar

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Front Corner by Water - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Front Corner by Water – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The 2018 Range Rover Velar arrives in 3 body styles that couple with 3 engine options. On top of this, those options couple with 1-3 specification packages each. Subsequently, this leads to an absolute ton of MSRP values depending on the initial build options. For simplicity, the MSRP values are broken down below by the body style, engine, and specification packages. Generally, this leads to a total of 12 available options for combinations. As can be seen, this creates a MSRP price jump of $40,000 between the base Velar and the First Edition.

  • 2018 Range Rover Velar Base
    • 2.0-Liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Engine
      • S: $49,900
      • SE: $54,700
    • 2.0-Liter Turbocharged Diesel Engine
      • S: $64,200
    • 3.0-Liter Supercharged V6 Engine
      • S: $64,200
      • SE: $67,400
  • 2018 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic Edition
    • 2.0-Liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Engine
      • SE: $60,100
      • HSE: $67,600
    • 2.0-Liter Turbocharged Diesel Engine
      • SE: $61,600
      • HSE: $69,100
    • 3.0-Liter Supercharged V6 Engine
      • SE: $69,600
      • HSE: $77,100
  • 2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition
    • 3.0-Liter Supercharged V6 Engine
      • FE: $89,300
2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Rear - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Rear – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

As shown above, the price can vary from as low as $49,900 up to $89,300. The amount of options provides flexibility to reach different markets. The cheaper versions of the Velar can provide access to these high-end cars for a reasonable price to the middle class. On the other hand, the pricier versions target an upper middle-class market. Consequently, depending on preferences and pocket depth, the Velar can meet the needs of anybody.

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition Specifications

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Side - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Side – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The most expensive version of the 2018 Range Rover Velar is the First Edition. This vehicle starts at a MSRP of $89,300 and can be fully loaded to an estimated $103,265. Henceforth, the First Edition only arrives with the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine. That motor produces 380 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. The top speed is set to only 155 mph, but the Velar FE can hit 60 mph in only 5.3 seconds. Undoubtedly, this vehicle is a gas guzzler with a combined 20 mpg for city and highway usage.

Land Rover is Stepping Up Their Game with the Velar


Overall, Land Rover is stepping up their game with the all-new Velar. The 2018 Range Rover Velar is a vehicle that targets people searching in the $40,000 range while at the same time offering a prestigious vehicle at over $100,000. Particularly, the Velar First Edition is one heck of a vehicle for anyone that can pay the hefty price. Otherwise, if not, the R-Dynamic version or even the base will do. In conclusion, the Range Rover Velar will be a popular car in today’s SUV market.

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Interior - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Interior – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Backseat - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Backseat – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Trunk - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Trunk – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Wheel - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Wheel – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

Note: Every picture in this post of the 2018 Range Rover Velar are manufacturer pictures. Land Rover Range Rover is the rightful owner of all of the above images.

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