The Range Rover Sport PHEV is the British company’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Badged P400e it combines a 221 kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine with an 85 kW electric motor.
As the two units reach peak power at different times the maximum combined output is 297 kW. Turbo plus electric guarantees plant of grunt – an impressive 640 Nm of torque, with much of it coming in at zero revs from the electric motor.
Range Rover Sport P400e emits only 64 g/km on the NEDC combined cycle and offers an all-electric range of up to 51km without the petrol engine running.
The petrol engine is longitudinally mounted, with the 85 kW electric motor housed in the ZF automatic eight-speed transmission at the centre of the vehicle alongside the 7 kW on-board charger. A prismatic cell lithium-ion battery is mounted at the rear beneath the boot floor.
A full charge can be achieved in as little as 2 hours 45 minutes at home using a dedicated 32 amp wall box. The battery can be fully charged in 7 hours 30 minutes using a 10 amp home charging cable supplied as standard.
Exploring the great Australian bush while producing no emissions in near-silent off-road luxury Range Rover sounds like an exceptional experience. Can’t wait to try it.
At the same time as the Range Rover PHEV arrives significantly revamped versions of the complete Sport range will also arrive here.