The recently announced Range Rover Sport hybrid version has just arrived on its first public appereance during the 2013 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show.
Alongside the Land Rover Range Rover hybrid, these are the first production hybrid models of the British 4×4 brand, with deliveries scheduled to begin early 2014. These are also the first premium diesel SUV hybrids on the market as both of them come with a 3.0-liter SDV6 diesel, an electric motor and an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
The electric motor provides 47 HP (35 kW) and 170 Nm (125 lb-ft) and enables both hybrid-diesel SUVs to offer a combined output of 340 HP (250 kW) at 4,000 rpm and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque available between 1,500 rpm and 3,000 rpm.
The Range Rover Sport hybrid variant is quicker by 0.2 seconds for the 0-100 km/h sprint, reached in 6.7 seconds. It also outshines the bigger sibling when it comes to top speed, reaching 140 mph (225 km/h) – as opposed to 135 mph (218 km/h).
The entire hybrid system including the electric motor, inverter and lithium-ion battery pack tip the scales at less than 120 kg (264 lbs). Land Rover mentions the Range Rover Sport version weighs 2,372 kg (5,229 lbs). Both hybrids have a fuel consumption of 6.4 liters / 100 km (36.7 mpg US or 44.1 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions standing at 169 g/km.