Even though every corner of the Range Rover is packed with technology, we can't help but start our journey for this chapter under the hood, where a new 4.4-liter V8 diesel roars.
It's this deep voice of the eight cylinders burning oil that acts as a song which mesmerizes sailors who have sworn only to travel on seas of petrol and drag them to diesel waters.
Step on your favorite pedal and you'll get 310 hp at 4,000 rpm and 516 lb-ft (700Nm) from 1,500 to 3,000 rpm. The powerplant doesn't sound like a diesel and is so muscular that it almost mixes assets of petrol and diesel units.
The latter comes thanks to the use of a parallel sequential turbocharging system. This relies on a medium turbo at lower revs, with a small one coming to help once you pass 2,400 rpm.
The new eight-speed automatic (torque converter) ZF gearbox is so good at translating the engine's language to the wheels that it instantly convinces you it would've had the ability to change the Tower of Babel story in a shift or two.
The suspension now uses an infinite range of values for its variable damping functions, not just two like before, and, together with the air part, manages to provide a setup that impresses through its versatility.
It doesn't shift between its eight ratios all the time, noticing when the driver just want a forward surge, but not maximum grunt and keeping the car in the same gear or only downshifting by one ratio.
Further down the power line, we find a Terrain Response system that's been upgraded with functions like Gradient Acceleration Control, which keeps the vehicle's downhill speed under control using the accelerator pedal as a measure independent of the Hill Descent Control system, and the Hill Start Assist, which gives you the impression that the car could even be used for indoor climbing events.Continue reading
Range Rover technical data summary
Engine: 4367 cm3 cc V8 Diesel
Dimensions: 195.7 in (4971 mm) length / 80 in (2032 mm) width / 73.9 in (1877 mm) height
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