LEAKED: 2011 Range Rover confirmed to receive new 4.4-liter diesel engine

Range Rover Sport Autobiography Limited Edition
Range Rover Sport Autobiography Limited Edition

The 2011 Range Rover will be available with a new 4.4-liter V8 turbodiesel engine that replaces the old 3.6-liter V8 previously used, according to a letter apparently sent by the automaker to German dealerships.  The letter, sent to WCF anonymously, states that the diesel-powered model will cost €3,000 (£2,540) more than the current model in Germany, which puts the cost at about €88,900.

Buried deep in the letter is the vehicle's release schedule, which says the press embargo on the Range Rover will be lifted on June 17, with the release of the model's full pricing.  A media event in London celebrating the 40th anniversary of Range Rover will take place on July 1, followed by the August 5 release of details and pricing related to the Discovery, Freelander, and Range Rover Sport.  These models will be revealed on August 28 at the Moscow Motor Show.

Sales of all four models will begin in Germany on October 1.

The V8 engine on the model is 15% more powerful, producing 308 horsepower (230 kW, 312 PS), and up to 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque, a 10% boost.  Mated to an eight-speed transmission, the SUV runs up to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds on its way to a 208 km/h (129 mph) top speed.  Using 10.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, or approximately 23 miles per U.S. gallon, the engine will produce 264 grams of CO2 per kilometer.  This corresponds to a 10% reduction.

Range Rovers will still be available with the same 5.0-liter V8 supercharged engine.  This engine will be mated to the same six speed transmission currently available.  This model will cost €500 more than the 2010 model year, in Germany.

Fans of Jaguar, now owned by Tata, will notice the same gear selector on the diesel as that of the Jaguar XF and XJ on the Range Rover, also owned by Tata.  New on the model are the colors Baltic Blue and Fuji Alaska White, replacing both Buckingham Blue and White.

Range Rover released the information to dealers to start pitching the 2011 Range Rover to new customers who might be disappointed to find out that the 2010 SUV is sold out.

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theporscheguy theporscheguy
Can't polish a turd....nice looking unit. POS to drive and own, unless you love spending time at the dealership for warranty work, and of course if you love a unit that depreciates more than anything else on the road. Boo Land Rover, boo.
May 28th, 2010 7:31pm
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sideskraper sideskraper
LOL comment considering your user name.
May 28th, 2010 9:55pm
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norther norther
i think i know a car that depreciates more than a LR. it's a citroen (of course they dont have big suvs.. and they're like plastic toy cars) but still... rangies are nice. it's too bad they dont have the succes of german suvs and...other about this new engine. they get a nice torque figure out of it, but comparing it to audis 4.2 tdi, it kinda sux.
May 30th, 2010 11:56pm
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eddie eddie
These new diesels are awesome. No smell, min noise, excellent power and less maintence with long service life.
May 28th, 2010 7:26pm
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trekkerbin trekkerbin
May 28th, 2010 11:06am
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About time to replace that old diesel V8
May 28th, 2010 12:32am
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Bristol411S3 Bristol411S3
Old? It was new of about two years ago, wasn't it? Not sure why there is a picture of a Range Rover Sport, as I thought this article related to the proper Range Rover. I am guessing this is just a current model upgrade rather than a replacement. Will we see the same V8 diesel in the XJ I wonder...?
May 28th, 2010 12:43pm
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sideskraper sideskraper
The Lion Diesel engine is about 6 or 7 years old. Not a bad engine at all really. The evolution of the Lion V8 is to 4.4L and was originally intended for Ford's F-150/etc although I'm sure Land Rover's cars figured into the plan. I would think this is the engine that they're planning on putting in.
May 28th, 2010 5:41pm
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