The 2012 Range Rover Sport finds itself in a new role thanks to the arrival of the Evoque. The Sport now makes up the mid-ground of the Range Rover line, rather than being the introductory offering. The 2012 Range Rover Sport is available in four trims: the HSE, HSE LUX, Supercharged, and Autobiography.
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Most changes to the 2012 model happen inside the cabin, where buyers will find an improved nav and entertainment system.
The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has been mostly carried over from the 2011 model year, but does feature some significant improvements to interior technology. The primary changes include upgraded navigation and audio systems. As far as general trim lines, all have been carried over from the 2011 model year. These trims includes the Range Rover Sport HSE, HSE LUX, Supercharged, and the top-of-the-line Autobiography. As was true in 2011, buyers who opt for the Supercharged or the Autobiography will enjoy a supercharged version of the 5.0-liter engine that produces 510-horsepower.
Prices have increased over 2011 and represent the improved technology found in the cabin. The introductory MSRP comes in at $60,895.00 for the HSE and ratchet up to $65,595.00 for the HSE LUX, $76,095.00 for the Supercharged, and $86,795.00 for the Autobiography.
The 2012 Range Rover Sport offers the same engine choices it did for the 2011 model year. The introductory 5.0-liter LR-V8 engine produces 375-horsepower and 375 ft.-lbs. of torque. This engine finds itself in both the HSE and HSE LUX versions of the 2012 Range Rover Sport and is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with CommandShift®.
The base 5.0-liter engine and transmission combination gives the 2012 Range Rover Sport enough get-up-and-go to achieve a zero-to-60 MPH time of just over seven seconds. Fuel economy comes in at 13 MPG city and 18 MPG highway. Opting for the Supercharged or Autobiography trim nets the buyer a supercharged version of the same engine. The supercharged 5.0-liter engine ups horsepower from 375 to 510. The trade-off for 135 extra horses is a small reduction in fuel economy, which comes in at 12 MPG city and 17 MPG highway.
Towing capacity remains unchanged at 7,716 pounds when properly equipped.
Base Engine: 5.0-Liter V8 Engine with 375-Horsepower and 375 ft.-lbs.. Torque
Transmission: Six-Speed Automatic w/ CommandShift
Fuel Economy (MPG): 13 City / 18 Highway
As was to be expected, the 2012 Range Rover Sport features only minimal changes to the exterior.
The 2012 Range Rover Sport closely mimics its namesake, the Range Rover, and has received evolutionary exterior updates since its introduction in 2005. As was to be expected, the 2012 Range Rover Sport features only minimal changes to the exterior. These updates include minor changes to the grill and headlamp trim as well as small refinements to the vehicle’s badging. The most prominent exterior change is the addition of a power opening and closing tailgate.
We’re sure you’re quite familiar with the Range Rover Sport’s reputation for luxury, so we’ll focus on the changes undertaken for the 2012 model year. Two of the 2012 Range Rover Sport’s major cabin features were upgraded for 2012.
First, the hard drive disc (HDD) navigation system. The Range Rover Sport’s navigational setup features a seven-inch touchscreen display and features improved informational graphics. The navigation system is now capable of receiving Traffic Message Channel data, which allows the Range Rover Sport to receive up-to-the-minute traffic news. Navigation is standard on the HSE, HSE LUX, Supercharged, and the Autobiography.
The second major update involves the audio system. The 240-watt nine-speaker audio system found on the 2011 model has been replaced with a 11-speaker 380-watt harman/kardon® unit. If that doesn’t meet your audiophile needs, HSE, HSE LUX, and Supercharged owners can upgrade to an 825-watt harman/kardon LOGIC7® 17-speaker system. This premium system is standard on the Autobiography. Also included is a virtual CD changer that allows 10 full-quality albums to be uploaded to the HDD. The audio system is also compatible with audio files from iPod®, iPad®, or USB devices fitted with a standard USB connection.
You can read more about the interior on our 2012 Range Rover Sport Interior Updates post.
2012 Range Rover Sport Special Edition interior pictured.
The 2012 Range Rover Sport has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the IIHS. However, the 2012 model is equipped with a range of advanced safety and security features that range from systems that stabilize the vehicle if it detects unbalanced weight shifts to Land Rover Terrain Response system that tailors vehicle performance to the terrain conditions via driver-controlled settings.
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