The latest Range Rover may be the most controversial one yet, with its under-the-surface changes, huge weight loss, and bolder styling. But does the 2013 Range Rover perform as well as its predecessors? Motor Trend technical director Frank Markus finds out on the latest episode of Ignition, which takes him through the tough terrain of Morocco.
The day begins with some heavy rain, which leads the Land Rover representatives to let some air out of the tires for increased traction. Markus first hits the sand dunes to test the Range Rover’s Sand mode. The editor finds the central gauge cluster display useful, as it gives you an idea of the terrain by showing what the differentials are doing. Moving on to the rocky section, Markus notes the difference in the vehicle’s throttle response when switched to Auto mode.
Once back on the highway, Markus sees the acoustic laminated glass in action and compares the noise level to that of the ultra-quiet Mercedes-Benz S-Class. In addition to its off-road capability and luxurious cabin, the new Range Rover also offers compelling performance for the class. The SUV’s new aluminum structure sheds some 400 pounds from its overall weight, which helps the Range Rover hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds with the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8, and 5.1 seconds with the supercharged engine. Both carryover engines receive a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
After hitting a few more trails, Markus shares his thoughts on how the new Range Rover stacks up. Watch the full episode below to find out if this Rangie is the best one yet. For more on the 2013 Range Rover, check out our First Drive here.