2006 Range Rover Sport
2006 Model Year Statistics
Chassis & Suspension
Rover Sport Supercharged (Land Rover press photo).
The Range Rover Sport first hit the showrooms in mid 2005, branded as a 2006 model. It achieved Ford's goal of expanding the Land Rover lineup to five models (the others being the Range Rover, Discovery/LR3. Freelander/LR2, and Defender). It was aimed squarely at the "sports car SUVs" such as the BMW X3 & X5, Mercedes ML, VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne, with the idea of equaling their on-road performance while blowing them away in off-road capability. The press materials accurately stated "Unlike rivals, its high performance doesn't stop when the road gets rough - or runs out."
Two models were available in the US, the HSE (with the 300 HP V8 engine shared with the Discovery/LR3), and the Supercharged, with a 390 HP supercharged V8 engine and had a top speed of 140 mph. engine. The rest of the world also had access to a TD6 turbodiesel V6 version. The supercharged models, in addition to the supercharged engine, had unique seating surfaces, chrome exhaust extensions, Dynamic Response, Brembo front brakes, adaptive front lighting, cooler box, the cold climate package, 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels and black-on-silver badging.
2006 Model Year Statistics
manufacturer’s suggested retail price for
the 2006 HSE model was $57,250. The 2006 Supercharged model retailed
Prices included a $715 destination and delivery charge. A four
year/50,000 mile warranty with complimentary scheduled service was
The introductory 2006 model instantly became wildly popular. During the second half of 2005, 10,441 "2006" Range Rover Sports were sold in the US, compared with 13,430 full size Range Rovers and 19,346 LR3s for the full year.
In the 2006 calendar year, approximately
19,000 Range Rover Sports were sold in the US. Partly as a result, the
US became Land Rover's single biggest market, contributing about a
quarter of the company's record sales of 192,500 vehicles worldwide. By
the end of 2006, 75,000 Sports had been sold worldwide, and it had
become Land Rover's best selling model, outselling even the
The Supercharged model used a Jaguar-derived 4.2-litre supercharged 287 kW(390 bhp SAE) V8 engine with 550 Nm (410 lb ft) of torque, mated to a ZF six-speed automatic gearbox. The HSE model used the Jaguar-derived 220 kW (300 bhp SAE) 4.4-litre normally aspirated V8, while the TD6 model (not available in North America) had a 2.7-litre 140 kW (190 bhp) turbodiesel V6 with 440 Nm of torque. The top speed was 130 mph for the base version and 140 for the supercharged version.
Supercharged RR Sport engine bay. Official Land Rover Press Photo
All models used a six-speed electronically controlled ZF automatic gearbox with "Command Shift" manual control and adaptive mapping. The traditional full-time four-wheel-drive system allowed low range to be electronically selected on the move. The center differential was electronically controlled to continuously bias engine torque to front or rear, and could also be locked with a switch. The Terrain Response™ system, which made its production debut on the new Discovery 3/LR3, was standard on all models. An electronically controlled rear locking differential was available as an option.
Chassis and Suspension:
The Sport's Integrated Body-frame™ structure was first seen on the Discovery 3/LR3. For the Sport, the wheelbase was shortened by six inches (14 cm) to 108 inches. The new, more streamlined body panels were all steel, but lightweight magnesium alloy was used in the front structure and front crash crumple zone. There was a single tailgate with separate lifting glass.
Photo: 2006 RR Sport Off Road (Official Land Rover press photo)
The double-wishbone suspension was tuned for better on-road performance, and a new computer-controlled active anti-roll system (named "Dynamic Response") further reduced roll by sensing cornering forces and then controlling the sway bars to reduce lean. It also decoupled when off-road to allow greater wheel articulation. Dynamic Response was standard on the supercharged model, and optional on other versions. The supercharged version also had four-piston Brembo front brakes. Electronically activated cross-linking of the left and right air springs to improve off-road traction was carried over from the Range Rover and Discovery/LR3.
The steering was a ZF servotronic rack and pinion system with variable ratio and speed sensitive power assistance.
19x9 inch wheels with 255/50R19 tires were standard on the HSE, while the Supercharged model came with 20x9.5 inch wheels and 255/45R20 tires.
Available Exterior Colors were:
Vesuvius Red: Only 300 were made in this color and it could not be ordered; each dealer had only a couple to sell.
Seating (including the eight way power-adjustable front bucket driver seat) included high bolsters for lateral support and optional two-level cushion heating. The climate control system had dual zones and was CFC free. A bluetooth telephone integration system was also available.
Available interior colors were as follows:
Ebony seats/Ebony carpet
Aspen seats/Aspen carpet
Alpaca seats/Alpaca carpet
Ivory seats/Aspen carpet
Ivory seats/Ebony carpet (Supercharged only).
Photo at right: RR Sport interior with Ebony/Ebony combination. (Official Land Rover press photo)
Audio & Navigation Equipment
13 speaker 12 channel 550-watt harman/kardon ® LOGIC7™
surround-sound audio system with 6-disc in-dash CD/MP3
Auxiliary audio inputs
Steering wheel-mounted audio controls for volume, station and track selection
Available satellite digital audio receiver system (SDARS) offering SIRIUS satellite radio
Terrain response system display including wheel position and
articulation on Nav screen
DVD-based GPS navigation with off-road interface, and coordinate settings
Voice recognition for navigation and audio controls
Touch screen 7-inch LCD dash mounted screen
The screen also had a 4x4 interface showing the settings of the Terrain Response system including gear, range and front wheel position
Available DVD-based Rear Seat Entertainment package with two integrated front headrest displays, six-disc DVD changer, touchscreen interface and remote control
Photo: 2006 RR Sport 4X4 interface display
on Nav screen, showing steering position and wheel displacement. Detail
from official Land Rover press photo).
Comfort and Convenience
Reclining eight-way power-adjustable front bucket driver seat
Dual-zone climate control with CFC-free air conditioning
Seats have high bolsters for lateral support and maximum grip
Available two-level cushion heating in front and rear seating
Elemental center console ensuring proximity of controls to driver
Front and rear park distance control
Available Bluetooth personal telephone integration system
Power windows with back-lit controls
Rear-window wiper and washer
Power-adjustable, heated exterior mirrors
Available adaptive cruise control on supercharged models with forward alert
Programmable key fob, giving remote control over functions such as air suspension
Safety & Security
Rigid steel safety-cage construction
Command driving position for optimal visibility
Frontal structure designed to minimize the effect of a collision with a smaller vehicle
Static glass is bonded for additional structural rigidity
Latest generation Bosch four channel-terrain anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Four-piston Brembo ® front brakes in supercharged model
Electronically set parking brake using drum incorporated into rear rotor
Electronic brake assist (EBA) for extra boost in an emergency stop
Active roll mitigation (ARM) predicts unbalanced weight and stabilizes vehicle
Dynamic stability control (DSC) to maintain directional control
Hill descent control (HDC) for slow, sure movement down steep inclines
Terrain Response™ matches vehicle dynamic systems to terrain
Four-wheel electronic traction control (4ETC)
Electronic brake force distribution (EBFD)
Six airbags - Side impact protection from seat-mounted thorax airbags for the front seat and side curtain airbags running the length of the passenger compartment
Automatic protection sequence takes place in the event of a crash
Shutdown of engine and fuel system
Activates hazard warning system and all interior lights
Doors automatically unlock
Mid-mounted fuel tank with anti-burst construction
LATCH (Lower Anchor and Tether for Children) system for child seat attachment
Bi-Xenon and available adaptive front lighting that swivels headlights to track vehicle direction
Front and rear fog lamps
Vehicle security system with engine immobilization feature
Keyless entry. Central locking of all doors
Child locks for rear doors
Luxury Interior Package (cold climate package, premium leather,
trim, cooler box, adaptive front lighting)
(HSE; Std. in S/C ) $3,000
Cold Climate Package (front & rear heated seats, heated front screen, heated washer jets) (HSE) $1,300
Adaptive Cruise Control (S/C) $2,000
Rear Seat Entertainment (two integrated front headrest displays,
DVD changer, touchscreen interface, remote control)
(HSE; S/C) $2,500
Personal Telephone Integration (HSE; S/C) $400
Rear Differential Lock (HSE; S/C) $500
Satellite Radio (HSE, S/c)
In the US market, this was a limited production Range Rover Sport that was discontinued shortly after its production began. Land Rover corporate originally wanted to have three trim levels for the Range Rover Sport; the SE, HSE, and the Supercharged. When production of the Sport began in 2005, most of these first models were the low-end SE model. The SE lacked navigation, wood trim, Bluetooth capabilities, and the 19" wheels, among other things (using the 18 inch ones standard in the rest of the world). By the time the first of these SE models arrived stateside, the call went down the chain of command that the model would not be marketed after all. But the problem of all the produced models sitting on docks around the country remained. So what to do with them? Almost all were sold to salesmen at Land Rover centers for a killer price; somewhere around $32,000 to $35,000!
The Sport SE is a very rare duck, indeed and our spies have so far only seen one owned by an individual who is not a Land Rover salesman. The SE can be identified by the badge on the tailgate as it just says 'SPORT' where one would normally see 'SPORT HSE' or 'SPORT SUPERCHARGED'. The wheels are 18" and split-spoke alloys.
Full technical specifications are available on the 2006 RR Sport Technical Specs page.
Wading depth 700 mm (27.6 inches).
Ramp breakover angle (hi mode) 25 degrees