Land Rover is increasing the Vary Rover Velar lineup in direction of the highest with a brand new trim degree referred to as HST. Due out for the 2023 mannequin yr, the Velar HST was designed with a watch on efficiency and it’ll stand proud because the quickest and strongest member of the vary.
If the HST nameplate sounds acquainted, it is seemingly as a result of the trim degree has beforehand been supplied on the Vary Rover Sport and the Vary Rover Evoque. For the Velar, Land Rover began with the R-Dynamic S mannequin and fitted a 3.0-liter straight-six that depends on a turbocharger and an electrical supercharger to develop 395 horsepower from 5,500 to six,500 rpm and 405 pound-feet of torque between 2,000 and 5,000 rpm. That is an enormous enhance over the R-Dynamic S, which posts 335 and 354, respectively, and the six sends the HST from zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds — eight-tenths of a second faster than the R-Dynamic S. An eight-speed computerized transmission spins the 4 wheels.
A number of styling cues set the HST aside from different members of the Velar household. It receives a black roof panel, the Black Pack (which provides black exterior trim), and particular 21-inch wheels. Consumers have the complete Velar coloration palette to select from, however they’ll additionally order the HST in a shade referred to as Arroios Grey that is not supplied on the opposite trim ranges. The hatch positive factors a refined “HST” emblem under the “VELAR” lettering.
Inside, patrons are handled to a black Suedecloth headliner, a panoramic roof panel, and the Park Help Pack, which bundles a surround-view digicam and Park Help know-how able to mechanically parking the Velar. The checklist of digital driving aids additionally contains adaptive cruise management with steering help, and an digital air suspension system with Adaptive Dynamics know-how comes customary on the HST.
On sale now, the 2023 Land Rover Vary Rover Velar HST carries a base value of $80,350 together with a $1,150 vacation spot cost. For context, the entry-level Velar S powered by a 247-horsepower four-cylinder engine begins at $61,450 together with the identical vacation spot cost.
Whereas the HST is probably the most highly effective member of the 2023 Velar vary, it is not probably the most highly effective variant of the Velar that Land Rover has ever supplied. That honor goes to the SVAutobiography Dynamic, which packed a 542-horsepower V8 and was solely offered for one mannequin yr.