Land Rover’s flagship model, the Range Rover, is getting an assertive new look, two new V8 petrol engines, a boost in refinement and an array of new technology. Due to be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show next week, the 2006 model-year cars go on sale in the UK in May. The revisions to the Range Rover come as Land Rover further distances itself from one-time owner BMW, which developed the previous car. With alternatives having been developed in-house for the new Discovery, continuing to use expensive BMW engines in the Range Rover made no sense.
Pictured here is the all-new £70,000 supercharged Range Rover that will succeed the less powerful £61k Vogue model as the range-topper. Power is by a supercharged 4.2-litre V8 from Jaguar’s XJ saloon, but modified to produce more torque at lower revs and work in rigorous off-road conditions. With 390bhp it will propel the two-and-a-half-tonne giant to 62mph in 7.7sec – a second faster than the current 4.4-litre model – and on to a governed 135mph maximum. The hottest Rangie’s unique styling trades some of the old car’s clean-lined style for more eye-catching detail. Redrawn headlights and a new front bumper border the supercharged version’s most noticeable revision – a metallic, double-louvered mesh grille surrounded by glossy brightwork. The quickest variant also gets mesh sections in the wing vents, new rear light clusters, retuned dampers, Brembo front brakes and 20-inch alloy wheels.