Range Rover Sport GT Limited Edition – Wait, what?

Published On: January 14, 2011Tags: , , ,

I’m not sure how I missed this new trim level for the Range Rover Sport in 2011.  First I remember reading this press release but for some reason overlooked the GT part.  Then I actually saw one at my local dealer a month or two ago, but thought it was just some unique exhaust package.  Maybe if it actually had a GT badge I would have investigated further.  And finally, it’s on the actual Land Rover USA Range Rover USA website, which is usually the last site to get any of the latest updates.  Although as the norm for the site, even though the other Sport models get the proper picture to go with their descriptions, the page for the GT Sport does not show an actual GT Sport but what looks like a regular HSE.  You would think a company this large with really just 5 versions of this model in the US could maybe put up a picture of it on their official website?

And the big question for me is – is the Exterior Design Pack still coming or is this how people in the US can will be able to get it at all?

Anyway, the press release below is the latest on the 2011 Range Rover Sport and the new GT Limited Edition.  From what I can see, the GT is nicely optioned HSE with unique styling cues – it seems with a name like GT, the supercharged engine would have been a nice addition too, but I guess they didn’t want it competing with the Autobiography option package, which apparently is no longer limited.  I know I’m late on stuff sometimes, but this delay was ridiculous.


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MAHWAH, N.J. – The Range Rover Sport models enter the 2011 model year with a solid round of refinements, following a transformational 2010 model year that imbued these performance-focused luxury SUVs with all-new powertrains, a more luxurious interior and enhanced chassis control technology.

In addition, a 2011 Range Rover Sport GT Limited Edition is available, combining the performance of the naturally aspirated 375-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 with a similar styling presence to the Range Rover Sport Autobiography, along with additional features. The Autobiography, which was introduced for 2010 as a limited edition, becomes an option package for 2011.

The 2011 Range Rover Sport HSE has a base MSRP of $60,495 (includes $850 destination and delivery charge) and is again available with the HSE LUX upgrade packages. The Range Rover Sport Supercharged returns with its formidable 510-horsepower supercharged V8 engine, at an MSRP of $75,395. New and reconfigured option packages enhance luxury and value.

New for 2011 highlights:

· Standard Extended Leather Package and contrast stitching on seats, center console and door panels on HSE LUX and Supercharged trim levels.

· New Vision Assist Package includes:; Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS; swiveling headlights); Automatic High Beam Assist (AHBA), and a Surround Camera System.

· Standard audio system now comprises 240-watt harman/kardon® electronics and amplifiers and 9 speakers (including subwoofer).

· Optional Premium Audio includes 480-watt harman/kardon digital surround sound; 13 speakers plus subwoofer; HD radio, and satellite radio (satellite radio standard on Supercharged model).

· New paint colors: Fuji White, Baltic Blue and Siberian Silver.

Two performance levels

The Range Rover Sport offers the choice of two power levels: the standard 5.0-liter LR-V8 with direct fuel injection and torque-activated Variable Camshaft Timing (VCT) produces 375 hp and 375 lb.-ft. peak torque and meets the stringent ULEV2 (ultra low emissions vehicle) regulations. The LR-V8, which was new for 2010, is teamed to a 6-speed adaptive automatic transmission with CommandShift™ featuring Normal, Sport and Manual shift modes.

The Range Rover Sport can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in a brisk 7.2 seconds (0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds). The transmission sends power to all four wheels through an electronically controlled 2-speed transfer case with shift-on-the-move capability.

The Range Rover Sport Supercharged is powered by the same 510-horsepower version of the LR-V8 as the Range Rover Supercharged. The 5.0-liter direct-injection engine is fortified with an Eaton™ twin-vortex supercharger and dual intercoolers, all of which are packaged within the engine’s V for a low overall engine height. The engine produces 461 lb.-ft. of peak torque from 2,500-5,500 rpm, enabling the Range Rover Sport Supercharged to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds. In the Supercharged model, the driver can shift gears manually with steering wheel mounted paddle-shifters.

Even with its road-focused performance credentials, the Range Rover Sport is engineered for off-road travel. The LR-V8 has a deep, pressure die-cast oil pan to accommodate extreme tilting angles. Belt drives are waterproofed, as are the alternator, air conditioning compressor, power steering pump and starter motor. With the use of 5W-20 semi-synthetic oil, normal service intervals are extended to 15,000 miles (24,000 km) or 12 months.

“Sport” throughout

The Range Rover Sport chassis received a thorough upgrade last year, the Supercharged model also gaining the Adaptive Dynamics System. With Adaptive Dynamics, precision DampTronic Valve Technology™ damper units replace conventional dampers (shock absorbers). These monitor vehicle conditions up to 500 times per second, optimizing the vehicle’s body and ride control in response to the driving style and terrain conditions, in both on and off-road situations. The Range Rover Sport Supercharged model is also equipped with larger, more powerful brakes, featuring high performance 6-piston front calipers.

Advanced dynamic control

Dynamic Stability Control in the Range Rover Sport models is designed to help automatically slow the vehicle if taking a corner too fast. In extreme cases, automatic braking intervenes to help reduce the vehicle speed, with braking pressure level applied according to steering inputs. This feature is complemented by the Roll Stability Control system, which intervenes with selective braking action on individual wheels if the onset of a rollover is detected.

The Adaptive Cruise Control option for the Supercharged model also includes Collision Mitigation by Braking. Working in conjunction with the Adaptive Cruise Control’s radar, the system primes the vehicle’s braking system and can even initiate braking in extreme circumstances if a collision is judged possible.

Terrain Response™

As in all Land Rover and Range Rover models, Terrain Response optimizes the vehicle set-up for virtually all on-road or off-road driving situations. In the standard Range Rover Sport model, there are five driver-selectable settings to suit different conditions: General Driving; Grass/Gravel/Snow, Sand; Mud and Ruts, and Rock Crawl. In the Supercharged model, Terrain Response also includes a Dynamic Mode, which tailors the vehicle’s chassis and powertrain settings to deliver a more sporting and responsive on-road driving experience.

Premium interior environment

The Range Rover Sport design theme emphasizes its position as the most dynamic model in the Land Rover range. Signature LED headlamps provide a technical focal point and feature Range Rover inspired interlocking circle lamps.

The interior, with its cockpit feel and soft-touch finishes, reflects the brand’s standards of quality and craftsmanship. Leather is used extensively on major surfaces, in a wide choice of colors. Rich dark shades border narrow sections in lighter tones, and the effect is completed by a generous selection of fine wood finishes. The soft-touch dash can be wrapped in stitched, premium-grade European leather.

Front and rear seats feature a deep, sculpted shape. Electrically adjustable side bolsters are available on the front seats. Ambient lighting adds to the premium feel of the cabin, with white LEDs that cast subtle halos around interior door handles and pockets, as well as on the dash and center console area.

Infotainment systems and displays

As standard, a 5-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) driver information LCD screen within the instrument cluster displays key information in a clean, simple and user-friendly manner. A hard-drive navigation system, part of the HSE and HSE LUX packages, provides fast route calculation.



Range Rover Sport HSE

Range Rover Sport Supercharged


90-degree V8, aluminum-alloy cylinder block and heads


5,000 cc / 305 cu. in.

Bore x Stroke

92.5 x 93.0 mm / 3.64 x 3.66 in.

Compression ratio




Chain-driven double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, torque-activated Variable Camshaft Timing (VCT)


Sequential direct fuel injection

Sequential direct fuel injection, high-efficiency Eaton twin-vortex supercharger



Engine management system

Denso Gen 1.5


375 @ 6,500 rpm

510 @ 6,000-6,500 rpm


375 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm

461 lb.-ft. @ 2,500-5,500 rpm

Emissions compliance


Fuel requirement




ZF6 HP28 six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with CommandShift™ (Normal, Sport and Manual shift modes); locking torque converter

Transfer gearbox

Two-speed electronic transfer gearbox; shift-on-the-move capability; electronically controlled, infinitely variable locking center differential

Transfer gear ratio: 2.93

Drive system

Permanent four-wheel drive with four-wheel Electronic Traction Control (4ETC)

Dynamic control systems

Dynamic systems include: All-terrain Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Active Roll Mitigation (ARM), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Hill Descent Control (HDC) with Gradient Release Control (GRC).

Dynamic Response System (standard on Supercharged) provides computer-controlled hydraulic anti-roll control.

Terrain Response™

Modifies response of engine, transmission, differentials, dynamic systems (DSC, 4ETC, HDC) and air suspension.

Multi-mode system to maximize traction and control in a variety of driver-selectable settings: General (optimizing systems for most normal driving conditions), Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand, Rock Crawl (Supercharged adds Dynamic mode)

Transmission ratios















Final drive ratio



Integrated body-frame with hydroformed members and advanced high-strength steels, including boron steel in the A and B pillars.

Body panels made from double-sided zinc-coated steel and aluminum alloy.


Electronic air suspension with automatic load-leveling and multiple modes: access, standard, off-road and extended height. Terrain sensing software and cross-link valving for improved off-road performance.


MacPherson struts with double lower control arms; long-travel variable-rate computer-controlled air springs; gas-filled shock absorbers, anti-roll bar. Vertical wheel travel: 10.0 inches (255 mm)


Double-wishbone with long-travel variable rate computer-controlled air springs with cross valving and gas-filled shock absorbers.

Vertical wheel travel: 12.2 inches (292 mm);

11.4 in. (290 mm) for Supercharged


Power-assisted 4-wheel disc with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), 4-channel all-terrain Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), and electronic parking brake.

Front rotors

14.2-inch (360 mm), ventilated

15.0-inch (380 mm), ventilated

Rear rotors

13.8-inch (350 mm), ventilated

14.3-inch (365 mm), ventilated


Speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion

Turns, lock-to-lock


Turning circle

37.8 ft.


19 x 8 in. aluminum alloy

20 x 9.5 in. aluminum alloy


255/55R-19 performance all-season

275/40R-20 performance all-season

Exterior Dimensions

Coefficient of drag (Cd)



113.3 in. (2,880 mm)


188.3 in. (4,783 mm)


With mirrors: 87.2 in. (2,216 mm) With mirrors folded: 76.1 in. (1,932 mm)


71.5 in. (1,817 mm) with open sunroof

Track (front/rear)

63.2/63.5 in. (1,605/1,612 mm)

Min. ground clearance

Standard mode: 6.8 in. (172 mm) Off-road mode: 8.9 in. (227 mm)

Angle of approach

34 deg.

Angle of departure

29 deg.

Ramp breakover angle

25 deg.

Max. wading depth

27.6 in. (700 mm)

Curb weight

5,540 lbs. (2,513 kg)

5,816 lbs. (2,638 kg)

Max. payload

1,219 lbs. (553 kg)

1,126 lbs. (511 kg)

Max roof-rack load

165 lbs.

Towing capacity

Braked trailer: 7,716 lbs. Unbraked trailer: 1,653 lbs.

Max tongue weight

551 lbs.

Interior Dimensions

Seating capacity


Headroom (f/r)

38.5/38.4 in. (977/975 mm)

Legroom (f/r)

42.4/37.6 in. (1,078/955 mm)

Shoulder room (f/r)

58.7/57.6 in. (1,490/1,462 mm)

Max. loadspace length

69.1 in. (1,754 mm)

Width between wheel housings

44.1 in. (1,120 mm)

Cargo volume

Rear seats up: 33.8 cu. ft. (958 liters)

Rear seats folded: 71.0 cu. ft. (2,010 liters)


0-60 mph

7.2 sec.

5.9 sec.

0-100 km/h

7.6 sec.

6.2 sec.

Max. track speed

130 mph (210 km/h)

140 mph (225 km/h)

Fuel Economy (EPA)
City/highway mpg



Fuel capacity

23.3 gal. (88.1 liters)

Part of the available Vision Assist Package, five digital cameras make up the Surround Camera System, relaying to the touch-screen a near 360-degree view from the vehicle. The cameras, which support easier parking, towing and off-road maneuvering, function immediately as the vehicle is started, and have options for selecting and zooming in to assist with close quarter parking and with towing.

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Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true ‘breadth of capability’ across the model range. Defender, LR2 (Freelander 2), LR4 (Discovery 4), Range Rover Sport and Range Rover each define the world’s 4×4 sectors, with 78% of this model range exported to over 140 countries. Land Rover employs 8,500 people and supports a further 40,000 jobs supported in the supply chain.

Land Rover takes its responsibility to the environment seriously. Emissions have been cut with all new models and, together with Jaguar, it is investing £800m on technology specifically aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Also, since September 2006, carbon dioxide generated by Land Rover manufacturing activities and UK customer vehicle use has been balanced through an industry leading offset program run by Climate Care.