Land Rover Range Rover Sport 4.4 V8 Petrol
Dimensions H 1817mm; W2170mm; L4798mm
Max Load Capacity 2013-litre Insurance Group 13E-17E
In 2002 a third generation model was introduced which saw the model move further up-market. Land Rover was now owned by Ford, after they took over from BMW in 2000. Range Rovers initially came with the BMW M62 V8 petrol with 282 bhp and 6-cylinder diesel engines because at that time, when the third generation Range Rover was being developed, it was still owned by BMW, although only the V8 gasoline is offered in North America. The last model has improved ground clearance and cross-linked air springs. This time, a unibody architecture was chosen, with many design cues from the original model.
In 2005, conscious of the need for more power to keep up with the Range Rover's competitors, and reluctant to keep relying on BMW for power plants, Ford presided over the adaptation of engines from Jaguar (also Ford-owned) for Land Rover use. A 4.4-litre, 305 hp version of the Jaguar 4.2-litre V8 was developed and first used in the new 2005 Discovery/LR3 model, temporarily giving it more power than the Range Rover. At the 2005 Detroit Motor Show, a major update of the Range Rover was unveiled, with the base model using the LR3/Discovery 3 engine, and a premium model using a supercharged version of the Jaguar 4.2-litre V8 developing 400 horsepower—the same engine slated for the new Range Rover Sport (the RRS model uses a detuned variant making a total of 389 bhp), scheduled for introduction about the same time (mid 2005) as the updated Range Rover. Both engines are lightweight aluminium alloy units, with advanced torque-based engine management systems that, together with drive-by-wire throttle control and variable camshaft phasing (on the 4.4-litre version), continually adjust the engine to deliver optimum performance. Both the engines are specially adapted by Land Rover for better low speed torque characteristics (important in off-road driving), the ability to run at the extreme angles encountered off road, improved protection from dust and rocks, and improved sealing needed for wading.
The Range Rover's exterior was updated for 2006 along with the BMW V8 replaced with a Ford unit. The new engine choices were Jaguar's AJ-V8, with 4.4 L 300 hp (227 kW) or 4.2 L 400 hp (298 kW) supercharged variants. In addition, the 2006 Range Rover is equipped with an updated "infotainment" system. This includes a touch screen with on and off-road navigation, radio, CD, Satellite Radio (US), telephone, rear view camera, a wireless video camera system and other additional features all accessed via the same user interface. The audio system is Harman Kardon Logic7 surround sound.
For 2007, all of the Range Rover's changes were mechanical or interior. On the inside, the hidden folding cup holder that popped out of the centre console in previous models was replaced by a simpler and more durable in-console design with sliding covers — almost identical in design to those in the Range Rover Sport. The ignition switch was moved from the lower-part of the centre console up to the dashboard, next to the steering wheel and the Range Rover received the Range Rover Sport / LR3's Terrain Response system as well as a redesigned four-wheel drive control panel. The handbrake is now electronic. Additionally, the seats differ from the old style, slightly resembling the new Range Rover Sport with cooling fans optional on the HSE and standard on the Supercharged. Heated seats are standard across the board and the premium seats from the BMW era are no longer available. The HVAC system was also updated with more vents and quieter operation. That, along with the acoustic laminated windscreen will lower driving noise. An increase in interior storage is mainly attributed to the new split-dual glovebox. And then in a return to original Range Rover styling, more wood inserts have been added to the doors and centre console. The 3-litre BMW 6-cylinder diesel engine was replaced for 2007 with Ford's new 3.6 L AJD-V8. This engine boasts 272 hp (203 kW), far more than the 177 hp (132 kW) of the previous engine. Other changes for 2007 include better brakes, a revised suspension, and Land Rover's Terrain Response system. Supercharged Range Rovers will also use an electronic rear differential. The interior is also refined, with optional cooled front seats and more cargo capacity.
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|130 mph||19 mpg||300 bhp 5500|
Minding the gap
|Publication||Octane December 2010|
|Minding the gap - In 1972, two Range Rovers tackled the British Army's toughest-ever expedition: crossing the Darien Gap that links Northern and Southern American. This is a survivor's fate.|
|Publication||Land Rover World September 2010|
|Time machine - Every day of my life I need to be in at least two places at once, and every free slice of time has stuffed into it a whole pie of urgent things to do so a fast sports car would be handy. right?|
How to buy a...Range Rover
|Publication||Classic Monthly August 2010|
|How to buy a...Range Rover - Great on and off the road, the Range Rover remains the best classic all-rounder that money can buy.|
From snow to shining sea
|Publication||Land Rover Monthly May 2010|
|From snow to shining sea - Bill gets his hands on a 2010 Range Rover Sport Supercharged and puts it through an epic California road-test through sand and snow.|
Mpg, mph or both?
|Publication||Land Rover Enthusiast March 2010|
|Mpg, mph or both? - In recent years the styling of the whole Land Rover stable has changed beyond all recognition, but more fundamentally so have the performance figures, which have improved dramatically - much more so that the fuel economy. But should Land Rover be concentrating on mpg rather than mph? Simon Hodder takes a personal look at the performance vs economy dilemma.|
|Publication||Land Rover Enthusiast February 2010|
|Simply sublime - The 5-litre supercharged Range Rover Sport is - on paper at least - an amazing piece of engineering, but what's it really like to live with? Simon Hodder enlists a little help from a racing driver to find out.|
The passage of time
|Publication||Land Rover Monthly February 2010|
|The passage of time - No stylish coffee table book on cars would ever be complete without a few Range Rover photos - its classic design has run true through four decades.|
|Publication||Land Rover Owner International January 2010|
|Great Brits - How do you test the latest Land Rovers? Drive them to Wales and take them round an off-road site, A and B roads, greenlanes and through the sea. Neil Watterson reports. Discovery 4, Freelander 2, Range Rover, Range Rover Sports.|
From the ridiculous to the sublime
|Publication||Car June 2008|
|From the ridiculous to the sublime- Once the Range Rover Sport ruled alone. Now its reign is threatened by Infiniti - and by a BMW 4x4 that thinks it's a Coupe. By Georg Kacher.|
Good on you, Sport
|Publication||Land Rover Owner International December 2007|
|Good on you, Sport - We speak to one of the men responsible for making the Range Rover Sport such a big success.|
The Sport of kings
|Publication||Land Rover Owner International Spring 2007|
|The Sport of kings - Thoroughbred Range Rover Sport has had its gene pool enriched by German suspension and tuning experts, Matzker. Mark Saville finds out how.|