Reports have emerged that the all-new 2014 Range Rover will replace the naturally aspirated 5.0 liter V8 engine with a supercharged, 3.0 liter V6 variant.
Range Rover’s decision is likely to raise some eyebrows, but the choice to downsize the vehicle’s engine is consistent with the company’s mission to create a sleeker, lighter Range Rover that is both (relatively) fuel efficient, and economically friendly. The new V6 is rated at 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, numbers that fall notable short of the 375 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque by its V8 predecessor. Range Rover fans need not fret about the performance of their beloved vehicles. The 2014 Range Rover is a fair bit lighter than the earlier models, helping to mitigate any new power deficit.
Of course, the best part about the smaller engine is the improved fuel efficiency. With petrol prices skyrocketing, all automakers (even luxury makes like Land Rover) are focused on increasing their vehicles MPGs. The 2014 Range Rover are expected to rate 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway compared to the 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway of the old, V8 model.
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