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V8 engine for 2007 Range Rover

PUBLISHED: 16:13 07 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:58 22 October 2010

The Range Rover gets an all-new V8 diesel engine and a series of other significant enhancements for the 2007 model year. These latest improvements to Land Rover's flagship include a revised cabin design and a host of technical upgrades, such as Land Rover's patented Terrain Response system, which extends even further the vehicle's impressive breadth of capability.

The Range Rover gets an all-new V8 diesel engine and a series of other significant enhancements for the 2007 model year. These latest improvements to Land Rover's flagship include a revised cabin design and a host of technical upgrades, such as Land Rover's patented Terrain Response system, which extends even further the vehicle's impressive breadth of capability.

The technologically-sophisticated, turbocharged 272PS 3.6-litre TDV8 diesel makes its debut in the Range Rover and is one of the world's most advanced engines. Like all Land Rover engines, it is lightweight, compact and extremely strong. Compared with the six-cylinder diesel it replaces, it is 54pc more powerful, delivers 64pc more torque and yet has the same fuel economy.

Land Rover managing director Phil Popham said: "The TDV8 diesel is a great new engine, to power one of the world's great vehicles - the most complete luxury 4x4. Its balance of performance, refinement and economy is unmatched. We believe it makes the Range Rover an even more desirable vehicle, especially in strong diesel markets, and will appeal to many customers who've never considered a diesel before.

"Performance is similar to many more obviously sporty vehicles and fuel economy is comparable with a lot of petrol saloon cars. Yet the new Range Rover delivers so much more - great comfort, huge carrying capacity, awesome off-road capability and massive towing ability, all with exemplary refinement."

Acceleration is significantly improved, compared with the previous diesel engine - more than four seconds has been cut from the 0-60mph times which is now 8.5 seconds, while the top speed rises to an electronically-limited 124mph. In the crucial 50-70mph acceleration range, for example, the new diesel model is about 40pc faster.

More than 400Nm of torque is available from just 1250rpm - greater than the previous engine's maximum torque of 390Nm. Maximum torque is an enormous 640 Nm. This is maintained constantly from 2000-2500 rpm, delivering effortless performance even at low engine speeds. In addition, the 32-valve TDV8 is up to 75pc quieter overall, more refined, has improved brakes and handling and can average 25mpg.

The new engine is matched to the six-speed, state-of-the-art ZF "intelligent shift" automatic transmission, already used on petrol Range Rovers. The suspension set-up is similar to that of the Range Rover Supercharged, delivering outstanding handling and ride comfort. Large Brembo front brakes are standard.

The two petrol engines introduced last year - a 396PS supercharged V8 and a normally aspirated 306PS V8 - continue for 2007 model year.

The Range Rover's outstanding off-road capability is enhanced by the addition of Terrain Response as standard for all 2007 models, together with a centre electronic differential and the availability of a rear electronic differential.

The cabin gains better stowage space, an enhanced airbag package, a cleaner centre console design, an electronic parking brake, a new upper facia and substantially improved air-conditioning and ventilation. Switchgear and the audio system have been improved and there are more extensive wood and metallic finishes, all contributing to an enhanced premium feel.


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