Land Rover recently introduced an all-new in-line six-cylinder petrol unit for the Range Rover Sport.
This new unit produces 294kW and 550Nm of torque, which is enough for it to sprint to 100km/h in 6.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 225km/h.
The engine uses an electric supercharger to deliver immediate power response. Able to spool fully in just 0.5 seconds at up to 120,000rpm via a direct connection with the throttle, the new technology claims to virtually eliminates turbo lag.
It’s supported by a twin-scroll turbocharger and Continuous Variable Valve Lift, which boost power and help the engine breathe with maximum efficiency. Land Rover claims this increases power and decreases fuel consumption.
These performance-boosting technologies work alongside a new Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) powertrain that is underpinned by the new engine. The claimed consumption figure for this particular SUV are 9.4 litres/100km.
The clever system is based around an all-new Start-Stop system that switches off when stationary and pairs the latest 3.0-litre engine with an electric motor. This allows the system to harvest energy through regenerative braking and store it in a 48V battery for later use, such as when pulling away from a standing start.
Designed and developed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover, the latest six-cylinder Ingenium engine will be manufactured at the Engine Manufacturing Centre in the UK.
Land Rover South Africa has confirmed that this model won’t be introduced locally, as it’s for Euro 6 compliant markets only.