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Volkswagen Group Green Lights Bentley’s SUV Project

By Jens Meiners

A Bentley SUV will go on sale in 2016, but it likely won’t look like this early design proposal of the EXP 9 F concept.

It’s official: the Bentley SUV will happen. Today, Volkswagen Group chief Martin Winterkorn declared that the long-rumored off-roader—previewed by the unfortunately styled EXP 9 F concept at the 2012 Geneva auto show—will go on sale from 2016. British Prime Minister David Cameron’s presence added a political dimension to the announcement, highlighting Bentley’s investment of more than £800 million, roughly $1.2 billion, which will see the SUV built in Crewe and generate 1000 jobs in the U.K.

No further details were provided, but Bentley did say, however, that the new model “will be a thoroughbred Bentley” and “the most luxurious and most powerful SUV in the market.” The SUV moving to production will be a late triumph for Wolfgang Dürheimer, the recently dismissed head of Audi’s R&D program, who was Bentley’s CEO when work on the SUV model commenced.

Echoing Dürheimer’s remarks of last summer, Bentley maintains that the reaction of customers to a Bentley SUV has been “extremely positive.” Nevertheless, the vehicle will receive a complete makeover; design chief Luc Donckerwolke is in charge of a comprehensive restyling that will address some of the concerns about the model’s design.



What we know is that the Bentley SUV will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB architecture, originally designed by Audi and to be shared with the next generation of Audi Q7, Volkswagen Touareg, and Porsche Cayenne. It will be available with a range of powertrain options that will include a hybrid, a V-8 diesel, and a twin-turbo W-12. Competition will come from the likes of Range Rover, an upcoming Jaguar SUV, and top-drawer versions of the Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q7. Perhaps most interesting will be the dynamic between Bentley and Lamborghini, as Audi CEO Rupert Stadler announced that the Italians’ Urus SUV project will arrive on showroom floors roughly at the same time as Bentley’s SUV. Just how the VW Group plans to position two similar models with such historic badges and astronomical sticker prices will be fascinating to say the least.

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Spy Shots: Land Rover LR4 getting facelift and interior refresh

By Brandon Turkus

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Land Rover is preparing a slight freshening of the its seven-passenger, mid-range LR4 (known outside of North America as the Discovery 4). The LR4/Disco 4 is currently the second oldest model in the Land Rover range, besides the mostly forgotten LR2/Freelander, and while it’s still a competent entry, its age is beginning to show.

This refresh should allow it to soldier on until a replacement can be built, which logic would dictate is to be called LR5/Discovery 5. Until then, the current SUV gets the typical batch of headlight tweaks, along with a freshened front bumper. The side mirrors are new as well.

On the inside, we can also expect a long-awaited upgrade to the infotainment system. Jaguar and Land Rover have both struggled in this regard, so here’s hoping the new system offers an improvement.

The big news for the LR4 will come under its hood. Jaguar Land Rover as a whole has already phased out the excellent but thirsty 5.0-liter V8, with the only holdover being the supercharged variant. That means the V8 LR4 is not long for this world. Look for it to be replaced by the same supercharged, 3.0-liter V6 that’s offered as a base engine in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. As with the Jaguar XF we tested, ZF’s eight-speed automatic would likely harness the V6’s power.

Expect to see a refreshed LR4, likely before the end of 2013.

Land Rover LR4 getting facelift and interior refresh originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ETC: Convertible 2013 Range Rover Autobiography is safari luxe

By Jonathon Ramsey

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The idea of a convertible SUVs remains attractive enough that manufacturers are still trying to figure out how to make it work – case in point, we recently heard that Range Rover continues to debate production of the Evoque convertible. On that note, the folks at Newport Convertible Engineering, lately of Acura TL convertible fame, have given us a look at what a 2013 Range Rover Autobiography looks like with its top removed.

Unlike the Evoque convertible concept, there’s quite a bit of structure left above the shoulder line. It still looks like one of the nicest ways to see lions, tigers and bears from a safe distance, or take a tour of the Champs-Elysée or Tokyo’s Ginza district.

For now, the issue with every topless SUV that isn’t shaped like a box is what they look like with the top up, and the convertible Range doesn’t escape the quandary unscathed; the only two that do escape are the Jeep Wrangler and Land Rover Defender, because they’re shaped like boxes. As a second vehicle for your rain-free third home in Scottsdale or South Africa, however, it could be the thing.

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2013's Best Luxury SUV: Land Rover 4th Gen Range Rover Review

By Ariel Adams, Contributor

The fourth generation Range Rover is the best at what it does. To begin a review article by announcing that something is the “best” is pretty ballsy even for my standards. So let me qualify that a bit. If your definition of a fantastic high-end sport utility vehicle is one that includes both superlative on and off-road driving, then we are on the same page because that is what I am talking about. There are a lot of sport utility vehicles in the luxury arena that I think are fantastic. Audi, Lexus, Mercedes, BMW, and Porsche all make pretty sweet rides, but they are designed more like lifted cars than softened trucks. True sport utility vehicles are first and foremost all-terrain cruisers meant to travel where roads don’t go. Most of today’s higher-priced SUVs will roll with grace along highways but cough uncomfortably when asked to tread across mud and rocks. Land Rover‘s whole philosophy is to be good at both.

From: http://www.forbes.com/sites/arieladams/2013/04/11/2013s-best-luxury-suv-land-rover-4th-gen-range-rover-review/

Review: 2013 Land Rover Range Rover [w/video]

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

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Legendary, Iconic… And Improved?

It is an undeniable reality that there are only so many adjectives to choose from when describing a given vehicle. Here are two that tend to be both overused and misused perhaps more than any other: legendary and iconic.

Forgive us for regaling you with these descriptors yet again, but when it comes to the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover, there simply aren’t any words in the English language that can be applied to this sport utility vehicle that are as accurate and forceful as legendary and iconic. And what’s especially impressive about our use of these adjectives is that they apply equally well when discussing the Range Rover‘s off-road capabilities as they do its position as a status symbol.

This marketplace position, however laudable and desirable it may be, presents a unique problem: How do you redesign a legendary SUV to be better, faster and stronger while maintaining its posh image? The boffins at Land Rover think they’ve nailed the art of the redesign, and we spent a week with the 2013 Range Rover to find out for ourselves if you really can mess with success and come out the victor.

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Report: Range Rover Evoque convertible unlikely to see production

By Jonathon Ramsey

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From the time when all we had were rumors of a Range Rover Evoque convertible, to the grainy spy shots of said topless SUV in some English alley, to the time it rolled out on the floor of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, nothing could keep people from asking, “Is this really happening?”

To be fair, there were a number who asked in anticipation, enthused about the prospect of getting both a commanding driving position and wide open sky in a more toothsome package than the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. Nevertheless, the number wasn’t enough to recommend the concept for production: A report in Car and Driver says the prospects aren’t “as bright as we were led to believe when the crossover cabrio debuted,” and that instead an Evoque with a panoramic roof that opens is a better bet.

Elsewhere in the rapidly evolving Land Rover line-up, platform harmonization and more cowbell aluminum is the way forward. From the recent use of four platforms supporting six vehicles, there will soon be only two: the EUCD architecture for the LR2 and Evoque; all else will be built on a modified version of the D7 platform created for the new Range Rover. That puts not only variants like the Chinese-market long-wheelbase Range Rover in the aluminum game, but also models like the next Defender and LR4. That latter model is expected to bow next year, the Defender might need more time while the design department moves on from the DC100, which wasn’t warmly received.

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Report: Over $20,000 in 'irreplaceable' trophies stolen from Goodwood

By Chris Paukert

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A band of thieves is being blamed for a brazen nighttime theft of 33 historic trophies from the Goodwood estate, where the Festival of Speed and Revival are held. According to the Telegraph, at least four burglars drove up to the Earl Of March’s 12,000-acre estate on Monday night in a Range Rover, whereupon they broke a window at the Kennels Clubhouse (above, upper left) and smashed four cabinets to gain access to the trophy collection.

The trophies are valued at £15,000 – over $22,700 US – but are essentially priceless because they cannot be duplicated and some have significant historic and sentimental value. One of the stolen pieces includes the Mobil Oil Trophy, awarded in 1931 to the Earl’s grandfather for a race at Brooklands.

An estate spokesperson fears the trophies may be sold for scrap, as they figure to be very difficult to sell. A reward has been set up for the return of the trophies and local police are asking for help from anyone who may know anything about the burglary.

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Land Rover to Use All-Aluminum Unibody for a Number of Upcoming Models

By Jens Meiners

Land Rover is refining its lineup with fresh styling, high-tech platforms, and downsized engines. This strategy is becoming visible in the brand’s new lineup, which includes an entirely new Range Rover and an equally new Range Rover Sport. What’s somewhat less visible, however, is the streamlining that’s taking place within the brand’s platform portfolio.

Up until recently, the brand used four different platforms: the Ford-derived EUCD platform for the Land Rover LR2 and the Range Rover Evoque; a standalone platform for the ancient Defender; an integrated body-on-frame platform for the LR4 and the Range Rover Sport; and a standalone platform derived from the first-generation BMW X5 for the now defunct, third-gen Range Rover. In the near future, Land Rover will keep the Evoque and the LR2 on their current platforms; every other model will use a variations of the new, lightweight D7 platform launched with the new Range Rover.

We’re hearing that this architecture will accommodate an upcoming long-wheelbase version of the Range Rover, which is likely to be unveiled in 2014. The LWB Range will be tailored specifically to the Chinese market, but there is a historic precedent: The first-gen Range Rover also was offered in long-wheelbase form. Land Rover has confirmed a diesel-hybrid for the Range Rover, and we hear it will be based on the brand’s 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel. It likely won’t be offered in the U.S., however, even though its consumption could shame the gasoline-hybrid offerings by other automakers.

Land Rover DC100 concept.

In addition to the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models already introduced on the new D7 underpinnings, this platform will serve as the foundation for two new vehicles: the next-generation Discovery/LR4 and the next-generation Defender. We understand the the LR4 will continue to move upmarket and that it will revert to the Discovery moniker next year, when we expect the new model to arrive.

The next Defender, however, is perhaps the most difficult challenge for Land Rover to tackle. The current model, essentially the same vehicle that was launched in 1948, is an automotive icon with a rugged appeal matched by few other vehicles on the market. It was last sold in the U.S. market in 1997; it carries on dutifully in Europe and elsewhere.



For more than a decade now, Land Rover has been discussing whether it’s worth continuing to update the Defender in order to meet today’s safety and emissions standards. Consistently strong customer demand has provided the anwer so far: a resounding yes. The DC100 concept, first shown at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show and intended to test the waters for a successor, was strongly disliked by the target group, and …read more
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New York: Range Rover Sport evokes a little bit more lust for 2014

By Seyth Miersma

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Land Rover has substantially updated the appeal of its middle-child Range Rover Sport at this year’s New York Auto Show, giving the model a new look, a new powertrain and an optional new third row. Functionality abounds.

As we outlined yesterday, the 2014 Range Rover Sport can now be had with a 340-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, for an opening price of $63,495 in SE trim. Start ticking options boxes on the Range Rover website, and you’ll end up with a 510-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8 mill at the heart of your $93,295 Range Rover Sport Autobiography. No matter how lushly you specify your Sport, however, you’ll now have the ability to haul two more small children (or unhappy, normal sized adults) in the optional foldaway third-row seating.

We’ve got live images of the 2014 Range Rover Sport, fresh from the floor of New York‘s Javits Center, for your approval. Browse at your leisure or scroll down for a second pass at the Land Rover press release.

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2014 Range Rover Sport Photos and Info: Nearly Half a Ton Lighter and Packing Eight Speeds [2013 New York Auto Show]

By Ron Sessions

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport” is quite a mouthful, but the lengthy moniker hasn’t disadvantaged the British luxury sport-utility in the marketplace. In fact, the Range Rover Sport was Land Rover’s top seller in the U.S. last year, finding more Yankee buyers than any of its other four models (Evoque, LR2, LR4, and Range Rover) by significant margins. In fact, the Range Rover Sport single-handedly outsold the entire Jaguar brand in the U.S. in both 2011 and 2012.  READ MORE ››

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Official: 2014 Range Rover Sport drops 800 pounds, adds V6 and third-row

By Jonathon Ramsey

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The last in line is not nearly the least, as evidenced by the 2014 Range Rover Sport, which is being unveiled to what we’re sure will be the delight of New York audiences. The middle child in the Land Rover Range Rover line-up, our initial impression is that, in terms of exterior design, it might have succumbed to the anonymity of middle-child-dom, losing the strength of its character for having to wear a couple of hand-me-downs from its bigger Range Rover sibling and a ton of hand-me-ups from its smaller Evoque sibling.

In front and in back it looks like a larger Evoque, with the Range Rover‘s tapering blade lights and LED day-time running lights. It shall be known by its twin-bar thematic elements such as the two-bar grille, the strakes in the side vents and the two vents on the hood. It’s also got a faster windscreen angle and is more aerodynamic throughout, returning a coefficient of drag of just 0.34 for a vehicle that is 2.5 inches longer than before. The wheelbase has also been stretched by a huge seven inches.

Still, it’s a comprehensive rework. It’s new aluminum structure deletes 800 pounds of heft, and it weighs about 100 pounds less than a similarly equipped Range Rover. As with bigger bro, the Sport gets either the 340-horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged V6 or the 510-horsepower 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that are fitted with stop/start tech. Both run through a ZF eight-speed transmission, and power is put to the ground through a single-speed Torsen differential or an optional two-speed transfer case with low range.

Commanding that increased off-road capability is the Terrain Response 2 system and its new Automatic setting. It has more articulation to play with, the brand new aluminum suspension worth 21.2 degrees of articulation – and the emergency off-road high setting gets higher while the access height goes even lower.

The interior wears more soft-touch materials; features a smaller, thicker steering wheel; more sculpting and padding in the front seats and individual seating for rear occupants. With all that extra space between the wheels, the back-seaters can get inside more easily, and the “Ta da!” feature in the new Sport is a power-operated third row option for “occasional use.”

Prices will begin at $63,495 for the Range Rover Sport SE and its 3.0-liter supercharged V6, then go to $68,495 for the HSE, $79,995 for the Supercharged that puts the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 underhood, and $93,295 for the Autobiography. All of those prices include the $895 destination charge.

Even with all that, we haven’t begun to tell you about its new features, so have a seat and a drink while you enjoy the exhaustive press release below. We’ll have live pictures coming soon from the floor of the New York Auto Show.

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Video: Range Rover covered in coins is so money

By Seyth Miersma

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Conspicuous consumption is a vice that wealthy Americans have down to a science, but it’s safe to say that the richest members of the Middle Eastern elite have elevated it to an art.

The latest example that we’ve seen of said artistry is a Range Rover that has been elaborately festooned with coinage from some of the most oil-rich nations of the region. The work has been done by an outfit called Coins Car – we’re hoping there’s some witticism there that just doesn’t translate into English – and has seen some 57,412 coins adhered to the surface of the SUV. Following the flag markers, we see that coins from Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia have all been represented, and with United Arab Emirates getting more real estate than the rest of the crew.

Scroll down for a 360-degree video look at the Coins Car Land Rover, or take a moment to browse the gallery of images plucked from the company’s Facebook page.

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Quick Spin: 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged

By Malcolm Hogan

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As one last hurrah for the current Range Rover Sport model, the 2013 model carries its finely aged design well yet still touts its historic off-road go-anywhere on land prowess. The Range Rover Sport embodies a road-going presence that puts itself into a desirable category among fast-moving cities without the much need for using its in-tact off-road capabilities. The latest version, just before the introduction of a redesigned model, still has what it takes to turn heads and transport its precious cargo on and through just about any navigable terrain you can throw at it.

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Exuding luxury appointments in its finely crafted interior, the 2013 Range Rover Sport takes the normal Range Rover up a notch in the visual excitement and fun factor categories. The visual sports appeal of the Range Rover Sport does not end with is finely chiseled body or leather-laced cabin, it carries into the drivetrain with a 5.0-liter V8 boasting 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque in the HSE trim, while my Supercharged trimmed test vehicle gets a supercharged version of the V8 allowing you to play with a full deck in the form of 510 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque.

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The sport really shines through the Range Rover Sport Supercharged getting more than enough all-wheel-drive power to scoot the tall-statured SUV to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. In the handling department the Range Rover Sport Supercharged puts forth its best effort of the optimized air-suspension system. The trick suspension system, quite characteristic for Range Rover models considering how off-road capable they are, has a full array of settings. Starting off in normal mode the suspension is dialed in for paved roads and highway travel. A Dynamic mode tailors the chassis for better throttle response, advanced 6-speed automatic transmission shift mapping and tighter handling by putting the dampers into an aggressive setting. The Terrain Response System’s other settings adapt well to rock, gravel, snow, mud and dirt at the turn of the selectable dial on the center console.

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Being that the suspension is height adjustable, you are able to manually dial in the vehicle height from a low-riding access height, which is available at low speeds in preparation for parking to give the driver and passengers easier access. The normal height is automatically selected should you drive off while in access height. You will want the system to select the normal height as the suspension travel is diminished giving the Range Rover Sport a bouncy and uncomfortable ride while at access height. Also selectable at low speeds, is the higher settings of the air suspension and Terrain Response System, raising the Range Rover Sport several inches for optimal ground clearance.

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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Spied Completely Uncovered!

By Alexander Stoklosa

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport (spy photo)

What It Is: A completely undisguised 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, presumably caught during prep for a photo shoot. These photos appeared on AutoMonthly from a source who deleted the photos soon after they hit the web. The Sport is Range Rover’s mid-size SUV, and unlike the top-dog Range Rover, which was just redesigned for 2013, it is geared toward the sporty end of the tall-wagon spectrum. READ MORE ››

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Land Rover Teases The 2014 Range Rover Sport: Video

By Kurt Ernst

The headlight of the 2014 Range Rover Sport

The headlight of the 2014 Range Rover Sport

The all-new Range Rover has been a huge hit among critics, who’ve generally praised the SUV for its improved performance, better refinement and increased fuel economy. Within the Range Rover lineup, the best selling models carry the Sport badge, meaning that any redesign must continue to give customers what they expect while advancing the product line forward.

We’ll know all about the 2014 Range Rover Sport models (including HSE and Supercharged variants) when the New York Auto Show opens at the end of March. Until then, Land Rover has given us this teaser video of the Range Rover Sport being loaded into a container for shipment to New York. It’s hard to spot detail (aside from the headlight and bright copper paint), but this much is clear: like the Range Rover redesign on which its based, the 2014 Sport won’t be a radical departure in styling from the current model.

While engine details are still pending, we’d expect the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, good for 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, to carry over into the new range. The same is true for the normally-aspirated 5.0-liter V-8, found in HSE models, which should deliver 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. Look for both fuel economy and handling to be upped compared to the previous models, too.

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Spy Shots: Are you the 2014 Range Rover Sport?

By Steven J. Ewing

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Less than 24 hours after Land Rover released its first video teaser of the upcoming 2014 Range Rover Sport ahead of its New York Auto Show debut, it appears someone has already spilled the beans. The image you see here comes from the VMax 200 Facebook page, and it clearly shows what looks to be the new Sport hanging out in a garage.

Design-wise, the new Sport appears to borrow heavily from the smaller Evoque crossover while still having plenty of cues that tie it to the all-new Big Daddy Range Rover. The two-tier grille mimics the three-tier one of the larger Range Rover, and the headlamp and taillamp clusters (what we can make out, anyway) follow similar design cues, but parts of the front fascia are clearly reminiscent of the pretty little Evoque, as are the rocker panel flares that remind of the three-door model. Unlike its costlier Range Rover sibling, there are no vertical faux side vents embossed in the door skins – instead, there’s a small fender vent above the front wheels with a pair of matte silver strakes to give directional thrust.

Land Rover has not yet released any details about the 2014 Range Rover Sport, only saying that it will be the company’s “fastest, most responsive and most agile vehicle to date.” Stay tuned for the official unveiling on March 26.

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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Headed for New York [2013 New York Auto Show]

By Alexander Stoklosa

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Land Rover has announced that it will debut the latest Range Rover Sport SUV at the 2013 New York auto show. The new Sport arrives hot on the heels of Land Rover’s all-new 2013 Range Rover, and as before, promises to be a lower, trimmer, uh, sportier take on the classic Range Rover formula.



It isn’t presently clear how closely related the new Sport will be to the new, non-Sport Range Rover, whose aluminum body is claimed to be significantly lighter than its predecessor’s. (The outgoing Range Rover Sport essentially was a shortened Land Rover LR4 with sexier sheetmetal.) Besides announcing the new Sport’s New York reveal, Land Rover also released a preview video for the SUV that shows a very Range Rover–like headlight. Look for more details to surface closer to the show at the end of this month.

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SxSW, 2014 Range Rover Sport Teased, Lamborghini CEO Surprised: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, Lincoln unveiled an MKS sedan for the livery market and rumors spread about a possible four-cylinder 2015 Ford Mustang. Infiniti announced the 2014 QX60 Hybrid and Range Rover teased the 2014 Range Rover Sport. All this and more in today’s car news, right here on The Car Connection. Infiniti announced the 2014 QX60… …read more
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Geneva: Hamann builds the Range Rover of Barbie's meth-filled dreams

By Steven J. Ewing

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Pink, mirror-finish paint. Or as Hamann says, “a color that exhibits nothing more but self-confidence.” Basically, tuning company Hamann has created a vehicle that looks like it comes as part of the “Sex, Drugs and Rock N’ Roll” Edition Barbie play set.

Its official name is the Mystère, based on the new-for-2013 Range Rover, and it’s as ugly as it is shiny. As for the, um, body enhancements, Hamann created a four-part widebody kit out of carbon composite, adding 80 millimeters to the SUV‘s width. And by the way, don’t just assume you know the full depth of the car’s ugly from this fancy front three-quarter view. Have a good hard look at the nose, dead-on. Now you get it.

Hamann says that the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 has been fine-tuned and enhanced, but no power numbers are given. As for ride and handling, we can only imagine that it’s significantly worse than the stock Range Rover, what with the car sitting a full 40 millimeters lower to the ground, now riding on 23-inch wheels wrapped in 305/30-series rubber.

We weren’t able to get a look inside, but we can only imagine what’s been done to the Rangie’s interior. Hamann says the “in-house upholstery department can fulfill all your designer wishes” with a wide range of carbon, aluminum, leather, alcantara, double clear coat and stainless steel finishes.

Perhaps our favorite part about the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is seeing what the random coachbuilder companies roll out for our viewing pleasure, and this Hamann Mystère is a truly exceptional piece of show candy. Click through the high-res image gallery to take it all in, and scroll down for the official press release.

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Quick Spin: 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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Truth be told, I have always considered the Range Rover Sport to be something of a poseur in the Land Rover lineup, but there’s one big reason this SUV is so popular in chic cities like New York and Miami – it has the boxy, instantly recognizable looks of a classic Range Rover but with a sportier demeanor. In fact, if sister marque Jaguar ever does get around to building an SUV (as has been rumored for years), I have the feeling it will have the ride quality, performance and handling similar to the Range Rover Sport, albeit with a greater on-road emphasis.

Coming in at just under $80,000, the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is no easy financial pill to swallow, but even now, with its replacement waiting just off-stage, it’s just hard to say anything that bad about an SUV that is equal parts off-road, luxury and performance. Land Rover has kept the Sport fresh with a mess of small tweaks (new wheel and interior color options, etc.), and we thought spending a week with this generation would be a fine sendoff before the all-new 2014 model arrives.

Driving Notes

  • First and foremost, the performance of the Range Rover Sport Supercharged is a result of the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 under the hood cranking out 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough power to get this almost-three-ton SUV to accelerate from 0-60 in just 5.9 seconds, which is not too far off the pace from a Porsche Cayenne S. Moving that kind of mass takes a lot of fuel, and the engine isn’t afraid to suck down the octane – I averaged just over 11 mpg for the week in mostly city driving.
  • My biggest disappointment with this Range Rover was how flat and uninspiring the exhaust note sounded (especially knowing how great the supercharged Jags sound using the same engine).
  • It’s very unlikely you’re going to see a Range Rover Sport tackling any serious trails, but that’s not because it can’t. While most Range Rover Sport owners likely consider off-roading to consist of splashing through big puddles in NYC or kicking up sand blown onto Miami Beach’s Ocean Drive, the Sport is no less capable off-road than its brethren thanks to its height-adjustable suspension and Terrain Response System. There’s even an off-road screen that lets the driver know the articulation of each wheel, whether the differentials are locked and the angle of the front tires.
  • Terrain Response takes the guesswork out of off-road driving by providing five simple modes that are all accessible at the push of a button (yes, the days of locking hubs and manual transfer cases are long gone for most modern off-roaders). Purists might take issue with this system – or similar ones used by Jeep and Ford – but it’s hard to argue with the simplicity and user-friendliness that Terrain Response provides. Most of the Terrain Response settings …read more
    Source: FULL ARTICLE at Autoblog