Spies hanging out at the Nurburgring in recent months have reportedly been watching a Range Rover flying around the track. It’s rumored that Range Rover’s supercharged engine is getting redefined to keep up with high-performance rivals from BMW and Porsche.
Currently, the supercharged Range Rover makes 400 hp versus the naturally-aspirated engine which makes 305 hp. Supercharging forces air into the engine and passes it through twin intercoolers which cool the air before it enters the chamber, giving drivers more power instantly, even at low rpm’s. (Turbocharging also boosts power, but not so much at low speeds. Plus turbocharging has a higher heat output and increases emissions.)
Onlookers claim the Range Rover prototype had a distinct supercharge whine emanating from the engine bay. According to earlier reports the prototype was sporting a new 5.0L V8 engine and its output figure is rumored to be around the 500hp mark. Torque levels will be in excess of 500ft-lbs. They are guessing this because this engine is claimed to be the same unit destined for the upcoming Jaguar XKR-R super-coupe.
Visually, you’ll know its the new model by its lower ride height and sporty quad exhaust pipes. Though officials are yet to confirm the car, rumor has it the production version will carry ‘R’ badging.
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