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SA gets V8 diesel Range Rover

2006-12-07 07:52

Potent V8 diesel power for Range Rover

These latest improvements to Land Rover's flagship include a revised cabin design and a host of technical upgrades, such as Land Rover's patented Terrain Response system.

Land Rover's turbocharged 200 kW TDV8 diesel engine also makes its debut in the Range. Compared with the six-cylinder diesel it replaces, it is 54 per cent more powerful, delivers 64% more torque.

Maximum torque is 640 Nm and is maintained constantly from 2 000 r/min to 2 500 r/min. Over 400 Nm of torque is available from just 1 250 r/min.

Acceleration is better too, compared with the previous TDV6: over four seconds has been cut from the 0-100 km/h times (now 9.2 sec respectively). Maximum speed is raised to 200 km/h, electronically limited.

The new engine is matched to the six-speed, "intelligent shift" automatic transmission, already used on petrol Range Rover models. The suspension set-up is similar to that of the Range Rover Supercharged, delivering outstanding handling and ride comfort. Large Brembo front brakes are standard.

The Range Rover's off-road capability is enhanced by the addition of Terrain Response as standard for all 2007 models, together with a centre 'e' (electronic) differential and a rear 'e' differential.

Terrain Response allows the driver to select one of five settings on the rotary switch, to suit the terrain. The vehicle's electronic and mechanical controls are then optimised to tackle the specific conditions.

Better cabin

Other enhancements apply across the Range Rover line-up for the 2007 model year. The cabin gains better stowage space (including a new twin glovebox), an enhanced airbag package, a cleaner centre console design, an electronic parking brake, a new upper facia and substantially improved air-conditioning and ventilation.

Switchgear and the audio system have been improved, and there are more extensive wood and metallic finishes, all contributing to an enhanced premium feel.

Front seats have a cooling function, as well as a heating feature, and active head restraints contribute to improved safety.


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