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Land Rover and Sport models for 2006 are priced

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Land Rover Canada has announced the MSRPs for two variations apiece of two models for the 2006 model year, the revised Range Rover and the new Range Rover Sport.

Range Rover Sport in the HSE trim with the 4.4-litre V-8 will carry an MSRP of $77,800, while the supercharged version with the 4.2-litre V-8 will go for $93,800.

The traditional Range Rover in the HSE trim will have an MSRP of $99,900, while the supercharged model will retail for $118,900.

Range Rover Sport is a ''true performance vehicle,'' says Vic Bernardini, president of Land Rover Canada, featuring ''a powerful V-8, inspiring and sophisticated on-road capability, and the first application of Land Rover's Dynamic Response system.''

With the Range Rover for 2006, says Bernardini, ''the best just got better. Although consumer demand has never been stronger, we continue to improve Range Rover, ensuring that our customers drive the most premium SUV in the world.''

All four models will go on sale this summer.

While he is of course enthused by both products, Bernardini seems slightly more bumped by the Sport model, since it puts the Ford-owned brand of English-built SUVs in a brand new category.

''We are very excited about this all-new Land Rover because it is a high-speed, performance-oriented luxury SUV," says Bernardini. ''As the best driver's vehicle Land Rover has ever made, it is ideal for fast, comfortable, long-distance driving, and a fitting compliment to our award-winning Range Rover.''

The HSE model is probably adequate with its 300-hp V-8, while the supercharged model with 390 hp is the real crowd pleaser.

''Range Rover Sport delivers inspiring and refined performance on all surfaces,'' promises Bernardini, ''and as expected from a Land Rover, it is supremely capable off-road.''

Both on- and off-road capability is enhanced with Land Rover's Terrain Response system, Bernardini claims, along with agile, electronically-controlled air-spring suspension, and one of Land Rover's newest technologies -- Dynamic Response.

Standard on the supercharged model, Dynamic Response is a computer-controlled active anti-roll system that senses cornering forces and acts to optimize body control and handling. ''This technology is one of the key reasons why Range Rover Sport has the agility and handling of a much smaller, sporty vehicle,'' Bernardini believes. ''It also decouples off-road to allow greater wheel articulation during tough, all-terrain driving.''

Range Rover Sport takes on several traditional Range Rover styling cues, he points out, including the floating roof. ''But it delivers its own interpretation on the theme, resulting in a tapered, flowing exterior design that makes it one of the most aerodynamic SUVs on the market.''

Because of its ''comfortable interior with a 'driver-biased' sports cockpit,'' notes Bernardini, ''the Range Rover Sport offers spacious seating for five people and incorporates premium materials throughout.''

The supercharged models are fitted with 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, while the HSE models come standard with 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
All Range Rover Sport models come well-equipped with standard features such as DVD-based touch-screen navigation, bi-xenon headlights, sunroof, and a 550-watt Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 audio system.

In addition to the 4.2-liter V-8, the supercharged models include a unique grille, seating surfaces, power vents, chrome exhaust extensions, Dynamic Response, Brembo front brakes, adaptive front lighting, and black-on-silver badging.