2013 Land Rover Range Rover
Our first driving impressions this go around focus on one of the most status-defining vehicles ever, the thoroughly re-worked, and re-thought 2013 Land Rover Range Rover.
Billed as the first SUV using an all-aluminum unibody, the new Range Rover drives as if a huge weight has been lifted off its still recognizable shoulders. And, it has, some 700 pounds of structural mass is now history.
But purists need not worry, there’s still plenty of Rover DNA infused throughout. Starting with the carryover 5.0 liter V8 mated to an 8 speed ZF automatic transmission. Naturally aspirated models pump out 375 horsepower, while supercharging blasts output to 510.
While that’s the same as last year, two additional gears aid the weight reduction in boosting on-road performance as well as fuel economy. Overall efficiency grows by about 10%.
Ben Davis: Less weight and better gearing makes this new Range Rover more capable off-road too. Add a revamped Terrain Response 4X4 system, more ground clearance, and a big increase is wading depth, and you have one almost unstoppable status symbol.
Back on pavement, we found the new Range Rover to also be a more capable family hauler, thanks to the addition of nearly 5 inches of rear legroom, and a simplified, more elegant dash scheme. The premium leather, no stranger to Range Rover, somehow feels even better.
It is truly rare when a vehicle can look and feel at home almost anywhere four wheels can get you. But after over 40 years, and now entering its fourth generation by showing utility rivals how to go on a diet, the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover keeps its place as one of the world’s most aspirational SUVs. And, if you are so inspired, prices start at about $84,000.
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Price: Starting at about $84,000.