Driven: Range Rover in Iceland
Tom Ford takes the new Range Rover to Iceland... and the edge
Posted: 27 Mar 2013
So here come some figures, but bear with me, because this stuff is important. For a start, if you reduce weight, you up efficiency and punch for your engineering pound. So the new car will be available for the first time with a stop/start-equipped TDV6 3.0-litre diesel with similar power to the outgoing TDV8 (255bhp and 442lb ft), in a car that weighs 420kg less. So a V6 that delivers the same speed as that previous V8 (60mph in 7.4secs), but with startlingly better efficiency. Some 37.7mpg and 196g/km CO2 from a Range Rover? That's an appreciable benefit. And there's a diesel hybrid on the way in 2013 that should make 169g/km possible - less than a 2.0-litre VW Golf GTI.
The 4.4-litre SDV8 diesel remains (the one we have here), but upped to 335bhp and 516lb ft to give a 0-60mph time of 6.5secs - but, more pertinently, equipped with the kind of smooth, lusty torque from below 2,000rpm that we'd find hard to resist. It makes a long-legged lope across Iceland comically easy and provides decent range from the big tank. And of course, there's a 5.0-litre V8 petrol with a supercharger that chucks out over 500bhp and hits 60mph in 5.1 seconds. But that feels slightly bonkers for a car so relaxing to drive.