2000 Range Rover New Car Test Drive
The Range Rover is equally comfortable heading to a five-star restaurant or traversing otherwise impassable terrain. Few, if any, vehicles can match its combination of rock-climbing ability, refined British luxury and on-road performance. This luxurious sport-utility provides all the technology needed to navigate some of the world's most extreme terrain, yet still manages to be more luxurious and comfortable than many high-end touring sedans. Seeing a Range Rover tackle a boulder field is required to fully appreciate its ability to traverse rough terrain. Not many vehicles can match it.
Two models are available: 4.0 SE ($59,000); 4.6 HSE ($67,300). Both models come fully loaded. The primary differences between the two are the engines and wheel and tire sizes.
Range Rover 4.0 SE is fitted with a 4.0-liter V8 rated at 188 horsepower. The same engine found in the Land Rover Discovery Series II, it generates 250 pounds of torque. Range Rover 4.6 HSE comes with a more powerful 4.6-liter V8 rated at 222 horsepower and 300 foot-pounds of torque. The 4.0 SE comes with 16-inch wheels, while 4.6 HSE is fitted with 18-inch wheels.
All Range Rovers come with permanent four-wheel drive and a four-speed automatic transmission. Four-channel ABS is used to provide traction control to each wheel.
Just one factory option is available, an integrated navigation system called J.A.M.E.S. for $2995.