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Range Rover V8 

Broadcast dates : 3rd July 2005
9th July 2005

Topping the list of exciting features on the new Range Rover is the Jaguar-derived supercharged V8 engine, fitted to the top-of-the range model.

The 4,2 litre engine develops 291 kilowatts and 0-100 comes up in just 7,5 seconds.

The electronically-limited top speed of 210 kilometres per hour is easily attainable.

Yet thanks to superb suspension, the Range Rover is King of the Hill off the beaten track too.

The handsome nine-spoke alloys are just part of the new package that makes the R990 000 asking price seem realistic to some.

Cabin noise has been reduced, thanks to the new engine range and laminated glass for the front side windows, and new windscreen pillars.

The supercharged model gets a distinctive new expanded metal mesh grille for a strong performance image, and adaptive-swivel headlights are fitted for excellent after-dark illumination.

Land Rover says that this is the most complete luxury SUV of all time, and the company may be right.

Interior updates include a choice of wood finishes, stainless steel accelerator and brake pedals, and an integrated telephone system.

The blue-tooth phone can be operated by voice activation, steering wheel buttons, or the touch screen, which is standard on all models.
A Harman-Kardon Logic seven audio system boasts 710 Watts and 14 speakers! Comfort features include electrically adjustable and heated seats and steering-wheel, and TV-DVD screens for the rear passengers.

Land Rover has employed video technology to a great degree on this 2006 model. A rear TV camera facing downwards assists when reversing to pick out low-level obstacles. And the portable venture cam can be used for spotting obstacles anywhere around the vehicle’s perimeter.

The suction-mount can be fitted anywhere to the Range Rover’s bodywork, or the camera can be hand-held by driver or passenger.

This ultra-luxurious SUV has the typical long-travel suspension that all Land Rovers are endowed with and off-road ride is exceptional.

The new engines are matched to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission and an electronically-controlled centre differential.

The engines are protected from dust and rocks and also water-proofed for river wading.

Brembo front brakes are used in the supercharged version, and the air suspension offers three ride-height positions.

The vehicle can be raised for serious off-road work or lowered for high-speed running and easy access.

In challenging axle-twisting situations, the only limiting factor is the fitment of street-orientated 255-50 low profile tyres.

With 560 Newton metres of torque, obstacle courses are a breeze and the engine complements the true dual nature of ruggedness and ultimate luxury.

With maximum ride-height selected, ground clearance is raised to an exceptional two-hundred and seventy-five millimeters, while short front and rear overhangs increase agility.

Would you risk your million-buck metallic paintwork in the wild? We’d probably wait a year or two, but it would be a shame not to use the Range Rover off-road as it is just so accomplished.

Range Rover V8 Supercharged
  • Engine: V8 petrol, supercharged, 4 197 cc
  • Power: 291 kW @ 5 750 rpm
  • Torque: 560 Nm @ 3 500 rpm
  • Gearbox: Six-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 7,5 seconds
  • Top speed: 210 km/h (limited) 
  • Fuel consumption: 16,0 litres/100 km (claimed)
  • Price: R995 000
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