Land Rover revealed the details and technical specs of 2011MY Range Rover. The new models features a few minor styling tweaks, new optional packages, upgraded interior featuring a new gear knob, improved 4×4 system, and above all, an all-new 4.4 liter TDV8 diesel engine which comes mated to a new ZF 8HP70 automatic transmission. So as you see there’s lots of new things!
As for the styling, the changes are quite subtle. The new diesel RR gets a new ‘Jupiter’ grilles and side vents, which are still ugly as in the rest of Range Rovers. You also get optional illuminated door sills. Those eager to further customize the looks of the car may order the Exterior Design Pack which comes with 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, and choice of eight body colors including Fuji White (replacing Alaska White) and Baltic Blue (replacing Buckingham Blue).
You do still get the supercharged V8 engine with 510 hp, but the cleverest choice is to go for the new diesel unit, as it’s sufficiently powerful, cleaner and much lighter on the gas. This new unit in a 4.4 liter Turbo Diesel developing 313PS and 700Nm torque. It has a combined cycle fuel consumption of 30.1mpg, which is astonishing for car such as Range Rover as it’s more of a road-going yacht!, and Co2 emissions are rated at 253g/km.
This engine also comes with a new ‘smart’ transmission and upgraded Terrain Response system. The gearbox is ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic, and here’s why it’s so clever:
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. In cold conditions, 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.
It also comes with a rotary knob for selecting park, reverse, neutral, drive or sport modes replacing the traditional knob, just like those in new Jaguars, plus steering wheel-mounted paddle-shift. Other improvement here is the new Terrain Response Optimisation Switch, which replaces the old rotary switch for controlling the car’s off-road features.
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. 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.
Not only Range Rover is a highly capable luxury car for on and off the road, it’s also one of the coolest and most majestic cars you can buy today. It’s really the perfect car for every situation.
|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)||92.5×93 (3.64×3.66)||84×98.5|
|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
||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|
|Range, miles (km)||438 (701)||642 (1031)|
|Top speed mph (kph)||140 (225)||130 (210)|