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News has apparently leaked from an advisory letter from Land Rover HQ in the UK to German Dealerships, that the 2011 Range Rover will be made available with a 4.4-litre V8 turbodiesel engine, which replaces the current 3.6-litre V8, itself an outstanding powerplant in every respect.

The letter also states that new Range Rover will sell for €88,900 or €3,000 more than the current model.

Further down the page mentions the vehicle’s release schedule, which says that the press embargo on the range Rover will be lifted on June 17, with disclosure of the model’s pricing and specifications.

It goes on to say, there will be a media event in London on July 1, marking the 40th anniversary of Range Rover, before the release of specifications and prices on the Discovery, Freelander, and Range Rover Sport.

All will be revealed at the Moscow Motor Show on August 28, and sales of all four models will commence in Germany on October 1.

The new 4.4 litre V8 diesel is 15 percent more powerful producing 230kW and up to a whopping 700Nm or a 10 percent boost in the torque department.

The six-speed transmission has been replaced by a new eight-speed, while top speed is 208km/h and the 0-100km/h sprint comes up in 7.6 seconds.

Fuel consumption is a commendable 10.2 litres/100kms and CO2 emissions are just 264g/km, meaning a 10 precent reduction in that area.

The 5.0 litre V8 Supercharged model will still be available, but I’m betting that this new V8 diesel narrows the gap between the two models considerably, and that’s despite the slight performance advantage of the former, which uses the same six-speed transmission as currently used on this model.

Interestingly, but not surprising, is that Range Rover will share the same gear selector as found on Jaguar’s XF and XJ models.

Apparently the information was released to dealers so they could start offering perspective buyers a spot in the order book, given that the 2010 Range Rover is sold out.

CarAdvice spoke with Land Rover Australia’s Public Affairs Manager, Tim Krieger this morning.

“I can only say that it’s speculation at this stage,” said Mr. Krieger. “However, we can expect to see the 2011 Range Rover on sale in Australia early next year.”

Frankly, we can’t wait for this new new V8 Diesel, it should be a cracker and even better if they drop it into the 2011 Range Rover Sport.




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