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Still coming off a significant refresh for 2010, the 2012 Range Rover Sport's differences are mostly minor. New this year are a fine-tuned touch-screen navigation system with voice control, a sound system that's been upgraded to 380 watts and 14 speakers, a revised rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones, power open and close liftgate, plus minor grille and headlight changes. Range Rover Sport is again offered with two engine choices and in four trim levels: the base HSE, HSE with Luxury Package, Supercharged, and the top-line Autobiography edition.
In 2010 the Range Rover Sport enjoyed a significant freshening, receiving two new 5.0-liter powerplants (normally aspirated and supercharged), along with styling updates reflective of the increased power. This year the changes are less substantive: The Extended Leather Package and contrast stitching on seats, center console and door panels are now standard on HSE Lux and Supercharged trims, a new Vision Assist Package is available, and both standard and optional audio systems have been upgraded.
For 2010, a new 5.0-liter V8 pumping out 375 horsepower replaces last year's 4.4-liter V8, while the Supercharged model receives a 510-horsepower version of the new engine and styling updates including subtle changes to the exterior and steering wheel paddle shifters. Improvements have also been made to the Range Rover Sport's brakes, suspension and Terrain Response System.
New for 2009 is the HST Limited Edition package that adds an Ebony leather interior, the Cold Climate Package and adaptive front lightening and adaptive speed control. All Range Rover Sports receive minor interior and exterior enhancements as well as new wheel designs.
Looking for something as plush as the big Land Rover Range Rover but with a more playful side? Try the smaller Range Rover Sport. The Sport's shortened wheelbase means slightly less passenger and cargo capacity, but the tradeoff in improved stability, ride and handling is well worth it. Off-road ability is not forsaken, either, and the Range Rover Sport can climb the steepest terrain with the best in its class, even with its performance tires that are oriented more toward pavement use. Available with a 390-horsepower Supercharged V8 engine, the Range Rover Sport is well equipped to do battle with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes-Benz ML and Infiniti FX45.