The Range Rover has spent a considerable amount of time in the sauna in its journey between generations and you can feel this from the first moment you set off.
We have to set one thing straight though: the Range Rover may be considerably thinner, but at 5,137 lbs (2,330 kg), it can't be described as "light", not even in the SUV context.
Regardless of that, the lesser mass means that the V8 under the hood is now... superthrilled, as it can demonstrate its abilities more freely. The 0-60 mph (96 km/h) game is played in 5.1 seconds, 0.8 seconds quicker than before. As for the 0 to 62 mph sprint, this takes 5.4 seconds. You feel the extra freedom of movement comapred to the previous Range Rover
, but the overall impression is the same: an effortless blast into the horizon.
The straight line performance is simply absurd if you consider the weight of the car and still impressive even when you don't. You sit in between the veneers and the leather and, as you abuse the throttle, the digital needle travels at an amazing speed.
This car must be schizophrenic, it really isn't aware of a notion we all accept - aerodynamic drag. The Range Rover Supercharged just keeps surging forward until you finally realize you're being childish and let go of the throttle.
As for the stopping part of the deal, the Brembo braking hardware keeps the car well in check, but, if you insist, the fading does arrive. What's more, the pedal travel is long enough to provide a pleasant offroad use.
The aluminum diet of the Range Rover has, of course, also brought fuel efficiency benefits. In the case of the Supercharged model, the figures indicate a nine percent drop in terms of fuel consumption.
The Range Rover Supercharged offered us 12.4 mpg (19 liters per 100 km), while its EPA rating sits at 15 mpg (15.7 liters per 100 km). Land Rover is well aware that the vehicle is still one of the hungriest beasts out there, so it has gifted it with a fuel tank measuring 27.7 gallons (105 liters).
The Range Rover Supercharged may be one of the thirstiest cars on sale, but we have to understand that there are markets where this has limited relevance, such as the Middle East or the US.
We have to explain that the driving experience is entirely different from what the rest of the performance SUVs on the market offer. The Range Rover Supercharged feels closer to a Bentley Continental GT
than a to Cayenne GTS
or a G63 AMG
The vehicle is set up in a manner that favors understeer and if you're really in a hurry, you have to learn two things. First of all you must be able to ignore the excruciating tire squeal. In addition, you can tame some of the understeer you encounter by keeping the front axle in check using the brakes, adding more grip to the front wheels. However, driving in this manner would mean that you're missing the point of the Range Rover Supercharged.
This is a car that has loads of power in order to feel noble, not sporty. In this respect, the only thing that accompanies the rising numbers as you accelerate is a well-controlled V8 voice, coming straight from the engine compartment. The power delivery is extremely linear and you can enjoy the full muscle of the engine from 2,000 rpm.
Another aspect that sets the Range Rover Supercharger apart from most performance SUVs is the rather soft suspension. Despite being gifted with adaptive dampers and active stabilizer bars, the vehicle shows generous body roll and the problem becomes even more serious when it comes to the pitch and dive area.
Since this SUV was built for comfortable, all-round driving, you would imagine that it offers a flying carpet-like experience. Unfortunately, it doesn't. The Range Rover's sound proofing, quality cabin and characteristic feeling work together to achieve the aforementioned goal. Alas, their efforts don't bring half the benefits they could due to a really unpleasant interference coming from the suspension.
The Range Rover simply can't handle larger road caprices without sending a quick shock all the way through the seats. You won't feel this too often, but a speed bump is enough to remind you of it - this is an issue that wasn't present on the previous generation. It is a bit more pronounced on the Supercharged model, which comes with a firmer ride, but the problem is spread across the range.
As for the electric power-assisted steering, this does offer a useful assistance modulation, but is extremely introvert. Such a car wouldn't have needed a sporty steering, but a few traces of feedback would've made things much better.
Considering all these aspects, the best way to use the Range Rover Supercharged is to feed it with great distances. Out on the open road there are less chances of encountering hefty bumps or potholes, while the vehicle's level of comfort and resources will serve you well.
Ask a Range Rover about its favorite song and it will say "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" - it is time to talk about the offroading abilities of the new flagship Land Rover.
The previous model was extremely capable at keeping you well isolated from the violent process of devouring any terrain you placed under its wheels. Thus, there was no need for significant technological upgrades when it came to this field, but the engineers updated the SUV for the fun of it.
The suspension now offers more wheel travel, while the new styling cues have lead to improved approach and departure angles. The wading depth was boosted by 7.8 inches (198 mm) to 35.4 inches (899 mm). This asset comes thanks to the rerouting of the air intake, which now has the opening placed just above the front wheel arches.
As for the ground clearance, the air suspension offers two off-road levels of extra height, eventually reaching 11.9 inches (302 mm). The first level, which sits 1.35 inches (34 mm)lower than the aforementioned value, can now be used up to 50 mph (80 km/h). - previously the Range Rover only allowed the driver to use the off-road suspension setting up to 31 mph (50 km/h).
In addition to that, the Range Rover's trademark Terrain Response system is now present in its second version. First of all, you'll find the usual settings, which include General, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand and Rock Crawl. The second incarnation of the system plays the automatization card, offering Auto setting that sorts everything out for you.
Despite the fact that the old Range Rover was already very good for offroad driving, it's not difficult to spot the benefits brought by the aforementioned changes. You now have superior control, but the car's size can still be felt.
Alas, spotting them is one thing and being able to put them to good use is another one, a rather... impossible one. That's because the aforementioned bumpy ride issue obviously also shows its face on rough terrain. You get the feeling of a little crash each time you attack a harder element of the land. Thus, you are discouraged from using the Range Rover's abilities.
The Range Rover is one of the most technology-packed vehicles on sale today, but it comes with multiple implementation issues that manage to keep if from shining. What's more, this problem can be felt both on and off the road. Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
Last time I drove a Range Rover, it felt like the four-wheel equivalent of the perfect pet. A really, really big dog, but one belonging to a noble race, so it was also very smart. It protected me, it entertained me and it was really cute with its face that tried to be all serious. Yes it did eat quite a lot, but it was nice to have it around, so it didn’t matter. I also liked playing Frisbee with it. Ah yes, we used motorcyclists that upset me as the Frisbee. Hahaha! just kidding, or maybe I’m not, but this is not the point.
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