by David Donde
O ne has to ask, what is the point of the full size Range
Rover? In the world of neatly categorized vehicles, the
Range Rover is a bit of an anachronism. SUV? too big
and too capable for that? 4x4? hardly the rugged
muddy type. Grand Tourer? a little large and lacking
rapier like handling finesse. No, it is the world's big,
luxurious, pampering and very fast bus. The Kombi for
the affluent if you will. Big, grand, big, powerful, big,
luxurious and well, did I mention it? Big.
SPECS As for the luxury, this was the beast that started it all.
Range Rover was the upmarket option that presented
when 4x4's were exclusively for the military farmers
and adventurers. Then the Queen of some island
bought one and the iconic design went mainstream.
For several years there it developed into an ungainly,
big, opulent and expensive 4x4 that guzzled huge
amounts of fuel but didn't go particularly quickly.
Then things changed with the current model, it took
on the design cues of its ancestors and taught the
automotive world how good an interior could be. And
all was well in the world.
• Displacement (cc):
• Power (kW) at RPM:
• Torque (Nm) at RPM:
• Fuel Consumption:
• Top Speed:
4999cc 375kW @ 6000pm
14.9 Litres per 100km
208km/h As for the subject of our test, the big one. The one with
the big Supercharged V8 petrol engine and so many
standard items that there are absolutely no options
available… It is big. It does use vast amounts of fuel, it
does go quickly, achieving the ton in 6,2 seconds
without fuss, and it is very opulent. It even handles
remarkably well for a car this big and tall. Road
imperfections are smoothed away by an extensively
developed and well resolved air suspension. This is the
Oligarchs choice of transport for good reason. If you
have to ask how much fuel it uses or how much it
costs, you certainly are not the target market.
It is a triumph, what with its extensive infotainment
systems, safety systems, convenience features,
engine outputs and lashings of luxury, but there are
some quirks. For instance the keyless start. As with