Land Rover has now officially announced the refreshed 2011 Range Rover and, as previously reported, one of the new powertrain options is a 4.4-liter turbodiesel V8 engine. The new diesel is supplied by Ford and we've all but confirmed that it is the same engine that was one time also scheduled to appear in the F-150 pickup this year.
Mounted in the British luxury SUV, this engine is rated at 309 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. At 25.1 miles per gallon (U.S.) on the EU combined cycle, the Range Rover now gets 18.5 percent better efficiency than the outgoing 3.6-liter diesel. Like so many other new vehicles out of Europe, the diesel Range Rover also includes the new ZF 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission. The new powertrain also provides impressive acceleration performance with 0-60 miles per hour coming in just 7.5 seconds and 50-70 passing acceleration in 5.1 seconds.
[Source: Land Rover]
INTRODUCING THE 2011 RANGE ROVER: THE MOST CAPABLE AND LUXURIOUS SUV IN THE WORLD
• New 4.4-litre LR-TDV8
o Power 313PS (an increase of 15.1 percent)
o Torque increased by 9.4 percent to 700Nm
o 14 percent reduction in CO2 (down to 253g/km)
o Fuel consumption improved by 18.5 percent to 30.1mpg (EU combined)
o 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds
o 50-75mph drops from 6.3 seconds to 5.1 seconds
o Top speed 130mph
o Meets EU5 emissions regulations
• New ZF 8HP70 automatic transmission
o First 8-speed gearbox ever fitted to a Range Rover (LR-TDV8 only)
o Closer ratios improve comfort
o Wider ratio spread improves efficiency
o Transmission Idle Control reduces fuel consumption
• Terrain Response® enhancements
o Gradient Acceleration Control
o Hill Start Assist
• Improved interior equipment levels with optional reclining rear seats and laminated privacy glass
• Revised exterior design features enhance Range Rover's classic looks
• Optional Exterior Design Pack in a choice of eight colours
• Optional Harman Kardon Logic 7 1200 watt 19 speaker audio system
• Choice of five new alloy wheels
• 5.0-litre Supercharged LR-V8
o 510PS, 625Nm torque, EU5
"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."
Phil Popham, Land Rover Managing Director
A new, class-leading V8 diesel engine, new 8-speed transmission, two significant Terrain Response® upgrades and subtle external styling all combine to ensure the 2011 Range Rover retains its crown as king of the luxury SUV segment.
The LR-TDV8 4.4-litre with parallel sequential turbocharging replaces the outstanding LR-TDV8 3.6-litre and is unique to the Range Rover. An all-new 'super-diesel', the LR-TDV8 combines superior power and massive torque with unparalleled levels of refinement. Despite the extra performance, this sublime V8 engine is cleaner too, delivering even lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions than its predecessor and meeting the stringent EU5 emissions standards. The headline news, though, is that the combined cycle fuel consumption of the new LR-TDV8 4.4-litre is just 30.1mpg, making this the first Range Rover ever to better 30mpg.
With 313PS and 700Nm torque, the Range Rover's new powertrain matches power with conscience, reducing CO2 emissions by an impressive 14 percent. The new diesel engine is helped in this respect by its marriage to an impressive new, electronically controlled, ZF 8HP70, 8-speed automatic gearbox tuned by Land Rover engineers to combine silky smooth shifting with exceptionally rapid response and outstanding fuel economy. This daunting combination is enough to catapult the Range Rover from rest to 60mph in a mere 7.5 seconds and complete the 50mph-75mph dash in just 5.1 seconds.
Available only on 4.4-litre LR-TDV8 models, this 'smart' transmission integrates with the diesel engine to deliver the most efficient operating regime in all conditions. To reflect the performance of the new 4.4-litre LR-TDV8, diesel models are fitted with the same Brembo-based braking system fitted to the 5.0-litre LR-V8 supercharged model. Providing the immense stopping power required for only the highest performing vehicles, the system comprises 380mm ventilated front discs with unique, lightweight aluminium six-piston opposed action monoblock calipers. 365mm ventilated discs with single piston sliding calipers are fitted at the rear.
For 2011, the Range Rover retains the same class-leading 5.0-litre LR-V8, supercharged petrol engine married to the ZF HP28 6-speed automatic transmission introduced in 2010. Developing 510PS and 625Nm torque the Supercharged LR-V8 will take the Range Rover from 0-60mph in a breath-taking 5.9 seconds.
The 2011 Range Rover is further enhanced by improvements to the Terrain Response® system in the form of Hill Start Assist and Gradient Acceleration Control. Inside the cabin there are optional illuminated treadplates for the front doors, new transmission controls for the diesel model, and improvements to the entertainment system. Detail improvement to the exterior include new 'Jupiter' grilles and side vents for the diesel models.
A new Exterior Design Pack option gives customers the chance to give their Range Rover a more individual look and new colours and wheels have been added to the range.