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Supercharged Range Rover unleashed

2004-12-28 07:51

Two new engines add to Range Rover's performance upgrade. A normally aspirated 4.4-liter V8 engine produces 225kW, while a supercharged 4.2-liter V8 produces 298 kW.

Both engines are lightweight and use advanced torque-based engine management systems that, together with drive-by-wire throttle control and variable camshaft phasing (on the normally aspirated), continually adjust the engine to deliver optimum performance, fuel economy and emissions.

While the result is increased performance, the upgraded engines are expected to have better fuel economy than the outgoing V8.

The Range Rover retains its iconic shape, but there are subtle yet distinct changes.

All Range Rovers get a new front bumper design, new headlamps and taillights, a new front grille and revised power vents. New 19-inch alloy wheels are also offered.

The supercharged derivatives are distinguished by additional styling modifications including mesh-design front grille and power vents, unique 20-inch alloy wheels, and special black-on-silver badges.

Land Rover will unveil the updated Range Rover at the North American International Motor Show in January.

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