2006 Hamann Range Rover Sport review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 31 August 2006 , 05:08:06 byEmil

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Hamann Range Rover Sport

Tuning specialists from HAMANN decided to start modifying the engine of the Range Rover Sport. Both the 2.7-liter V6 Diesel and the 4.4-liter V8 have recalibrated ECU and so, the diesel now produces 165 kW and 510 Nm of torque and the 4.4-liter naturally aspirated engine generates 238 kW and 450 Nm of torque. HAMANN also modifies the supercharger ratio and installs a sports high-performance header, sports metal catalytic converters and a sports rear muffler. In terms of aerodynamics, the tuner fits a far sportier front apron with two integrated high beams and a pair of fog lights. This is not all. HAMANN specialists also offers air inlet trims made of carbon fiber. Sports braking system is fitted on the front axle to stop quicker. On the inside they fitted an 8-piece carbon fiber interior set, an aluminum footrest for the driver and a set of foot mats.

HAMANN has no taboos. Anyone who thinks that an off-road car is not suitable for cruising around in and should always remain untouched for off-road driving, should stop reading here. Fortunately, however, HAMANN and most drivers of a Range Rover Sport see things differently. After all, they do tend to drive mostly on tarmac rather than through forests and across open countryside.

To ensure that the performance on tarmac with such a heavy vehicle as the Range Rover doesn`t disappoint, HAMANN starts out by tuning the engine. Both with the 2.7 liter V6 Diesel and the 4.4 liter V8, the Laupheim-based tuning specialist optimizes the characteristic maps. By recalibrating the series ECU, the Diesel generates 165 kW/225 bhp at 4000 rpm, the torque being a solid 510 Nm even at 1900 rpm. Following the modification, the 4.4 liter naturally aspirated engine generates an impressive 238 kW/323 bhp at 5500 rpm and 450 Nm at 4000 rpm. Look out export customers the HAMANN SPORTKIT for the series V8 supercharged engine turns the Range Rover Sport into a real racer! To achieve the power boost to 349 kW/475 bhp at 5740 rpm and the maximum torque of 610 Nm at 3500 rpm, a number of tuning measures are required. In addition to optimized characteristic maps, HAMANN modifies the supercharger ratio and installs a sports high-performance header, sports metal catalytic converters and a sports rear muffler.

The latter emphasizes the sound of the newly acquired power. HAMANN offers the 4-pipe sports rear muffler with round stainless steel tailpipes (diameter 90 mm each) also independently of the power boost for all V8 engine configurations. For the 4.4i V8, a sports high-performance header and sports metal catalytic converters are also available (both exclusively for export).

Otherwise committed to the British sense of understatement, when equipped with its new aerodynamic body kit, the HAMANN Range Rover Sport speaks a different language. For instance, HAMANN fits a far sportier front apron with two integrated high beams and a pair of fog lights. HAMANN adorns the sides with side sills, whilst at the rear end, a rear apron provides the counter pole to the front spoiler. A roof spoiler allows the Range Rover Sport to run more smoothly at higher speeds. To complete the picture, HAMANN fits air inlet trims from carbon fiber.

To ensure that this juggernaut also stops quicker, HAMANN equips a sports braking system on the front axle, thus making a significant contribution to the safety. The system itself consists of two slotted and inside-vented brake discs in the dimension 380x34mm, two HAMANN eight-piston fixed caliper brakes in red (other colors available subject to an extra charge) plus special brake pads and Stahlflex brake pipes.
Rims in 20 to 23 inch models

As usual, HAMANN customers are spoilt for choice when it comes to wheel rims. The Laupheim specialists are offering no fewer than four designs.

Since large cars only look good with large wheels, HAMANN offers both designs PG3 and ANNIVERSARY I in 22 inch versions. The Laupheim car customizer fits the PG3 wheel, a composite rim, in the Silver edition with a high-gloss varnished rim flange. The large 10.5x22 rim with a sporty five-spoke design is available from HAMANN also as a complete set of wheels fitted with tires in the dimension 295/30 ZR22 or 315/30 ZR22. The ANNIVERSARY I is a single-piece rim with a multi-spoke design which conveys a sense of lightness of foot. HAMANN supplies them in the Silver edition with an INOX stainless steel lip adorning the flange. It is possible to fit this rim with the same tire sizes as the PG3.

For export, HAMANN also offers the ANNIVERSARY I rim as a 20 inch version, the ANNIVERSARY II as a 22 inch version and, as the highlight of the rim range for the Range Rover Sport, the ANNIVERSARY RACE rim in a chunky 23 inch design (10.5x23).

The stylish HAMANN rims harmonize beautifully with the electronically lowered suspension, which lowers the body of the Range Rover Sport by 40 mm at the front and by 30 mm at the rear, thus bringing the car closer to the road.

Anyone who knows HAMANN will also know that they don`t stop at the exterior. Accordingly, these tuning specialists from Southern Germany are also experts in tuning the interiors of cars. For instance, a car is given a motor racing touch by fitting an 8-piece carbon fiber interior set, which includes a decorative trim (4 piece) for the center console and door surrounds for the front and rear. The pedals are also adapted in keeping with the sporty look, with these being replaced by aluminum counterparts. A driver`s footrest is also available in aluminum. And the exclusive set of HAMANN foot mats by no means marks the end of the interior tuning. Since, needless to say, HAMANN will customize any Range Rover Sport to suit each customer`s individual requests. By way of example, lavish leather upholsteries in various colors are possible, as are extensive multimedia conversions featuring a DVD, TV or Playstation.

Further information is available on the company website at: www.hamann-motorsport.de