2011 Range Rover will probably be the best SUV on the market
2011 Range Rover comes with a new V8 diesel engine fitted with 8-speed transmission. The big SUV also has two significant Terrain Response® upgrades and slight external styling enhancements. The vehicle will go on sale in late September this year.
Phil Popham, Land Rover managing director comments: "The 2011 Range Rover retains its position as one of the world's most complete luxury vehicles. Its combination of reduced CO2 emissions and superior engine performance continue to make it a clear industry benchmark. And with the introduction of our all-new 'super diesel', we see the Range Rover delivering over 30mpg for the first time,"
The mighty LR-TDV8 4.4 litre diesel engine features parallel sequential turbocharging and brings unrivalled power and massive torque. The 4.4 litre engine replaces the old one – 3.6 litre, besides the new power unit is larger, it is also more cleaner and delivering even lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The combined cycle fuel consumption of the new LR-TDV8 4.4-litre is 30.1mpg, which is outstanding result for a machine weighing over two tons.
The 4.4 litre LR-TDV8 develops 313PS and 700Nm of torque. It is combined with electronically controlled, ZF 8HP70, 8-speed automatic gearbox. The performance is more than satisfying – 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds, 50-70mph in just 4.0 seconds and top speed of 130mph.
The large SUV with LR-TDV8 is equipped with Brembo-based braking system, which is also fitted to the 5.0-litre LR-V8 supercharged model. The system consists 380mm ventilated front discs with unique, lightweight aluminium six-piston opposed action monoblock callipers. 365mm ventilated discs with single piston sliding callipers are fitted at the rear.
The new ZF 8HP70 8-speed transmission is specially designed to manage the massive toque coming from the big LR-TDV8.
Transmission Idle Control disengages 70 per cent of the drive when the vehicle is stationary and the engine is idling in Drive, significantly reducing consumption in the urban cycle. When the weather is cold, the transmission selects a lower gear to promote fast warm up and get the engine up to its efficient operating temperature as soon as possible.
The paddle-shift on the steering wheel is fitted as standard, so the driver can shift manually. The CommandShift lever is replaced by a rotary knob for selecting park, reverse, neutral, drive or sport modes, the last of these optimising the gearbox response times for maximum acceleration, improved response and sharper upshifts.
"The performance of our new LR-TDV8 can only be described as awe-inspiring. We are confident that the combination of reduced CO2 emissions, EU5 compliance and the massive increase in performance while delivering a huge improvement in fuel economy, is world class.", said Paul Walker, chief programme engineer.
The enormous 5.0 litre LR-V8, supercharged petrol engine is combined with ZF HP28 6-speed automatic transmission introduced in 2010. The engine is capable of 510PS and 625Nm torque granting stunning acceleration – 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds.
Outside, the vehicle features a choice of new colours and wheels. The Exterior Design Pack comprises of a revised front bumper with fog lamp surrounds, front grille and side vents in Titan finish, revised side sills, rear bumper and stainless steel exhaust finishers.
The range of body paint colours has been expanded with two further choices, Fuji White (replacing Alaska White) and Baltic Blue (replacing Buckingham Blue).
The safety systems of 2011 Range Rover include the Terrain Response® in the form of Hill Start Assist and Gradient Acceleration. Hill Start Assist retains the initial driver-generated brake pressure long enough for the foot to move from brake pedal to throttle, without the car rolling backwards. Gradient Acceleration Control is designed to provide safety cover on severe gradients when the driver does not have Hill Descent Control engaged.
|Range Rover 2011 technical specifications|
|Feature||LR-V8 SC||LR-TDV8 4.4-litre|
|Height mm (in)||1865 (73.4)||1865 (73.4)|
|Width mm (in)||2216 (87.2)||2216 (87.2)|
|Length mm (in)||4972 (195.7)||4972 (195.7)|
|Wheelbase mm (in)||2880 (113.3)||2880 (113.3)|
|Turning Circle m (ft)||12.6 (41.3)||12.6 (41.3)|
|Drag coefficient Cd||0.38||0.38|
|Kerb Weight kg (lb)||2580-2810 (5668-6195)|
|Front suspension||MacPherson Strut||MacPherson Strut|
|Rear suspension||Double Wishbone||Double Wishbone|
|Brakes Front||6 piston fixed calliper, 380mm ventilated disc||6 piston fixed calliper, 380mm ventilated disc|
|Steering||Speed proportional PAS||Speed proportional PAS|
|Four Wheel-Drive system||Permanent 4WD, High/Low range, Air-suspension, Hill Descent Control (HDC), ABS, Traction control and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)||Permanent 4WD; High/Low range, Air-suspension, Hill Descent Control (HDC), ABS, Traction control and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)|
|Engine type||Longitudinal V8, 32 valve, four OHC, Supercharged||Longitudinal V8, 32 valve, four OHC, direct injection diesel, twin turbochargers|
|Displacement cc (cu in)||4999 (305.1)||4367 (266.5)|
|Bore/stroke mm (in)||92.5x93 (3.64x3.66)||84x98.5|
|Max power PS (kW)||510 (375) @6000-6500rpm||313 (230) @4000rpm|
|Max Torque Nm (lb ft)||625 (461) @2500-5500rpm||700 (516) @1500-3000rpm|
|Fuel consumption EU (mpg-L/100km)|
||12.5 / 22.6 27.2 / 10.4 19.0 / 14.9||24.6 / 11.5 34.5 / 8.2 30.1 / 9.4|
|Transmission||ZF 6HP28 6-speed auto||ZF 8HP70 8-speed auto|
|Fuel tank capacity|
||101 22.2 26.7||97 21.3 25.6|
|Range, miles (km)||438 (701)||642 (1031)|
|Top speed mph (kph)||140 (225)||130 (210)|