Many automakers are swapping out V6 and V8 engines for smaller, turbo- or supercharged engines because they tend to get better gas mileage without much of a sacrifice in power. Land Rover is joining this trend with the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover. When it goes on sale this summer, the base 2014 Range Rover will have a supercharged V6 engine in place of the current 375-horsepower V8.
One of the main differences between the outgoing 5.0-liter, V8 engine and the supercharged V6 is power and speed. The new 3.0-liter, supercharged V6 makes 340 horsepower, down 35 from the old V8, and Land Rover says the 2014 Range Rover reaches 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. That’s six-tenths of a second slower than the base 2013 Range Rover.
Land Rover is keeping its 510-horsepower, supercharged V8 engine, and for the 2014 model year, both supercharged engines will have an eight-speed automatic transmission. Despite the extreme power difference between the supercharged engines, Land Rover says one of the main draws for the V6 is gas mileage. With the added benefit of a stop/start system, which reduces idling, the V6 engine has a predicted 16/22 mpg city/highway rating compared with the outgoing V8’s EPA-estimated 14/20 mpg and 13/19 mpg rating for the supercharged V8.
Turbocharged and supercharged engines are becoming popular, with producers of turbocharged engines such as Honeywell projecting that about 25 percent of new vehicles in the U.S. will have turbocharged engines by 2017, but some organizations are disappointed with the technology. Consumer Reports says that not all turbocharged engines live up to their fuel economy estimates and some have slower acceleration than expected. Car reviewers haven’t tested the 2014 Range Rover’s new engine yet, and the EPA hasn’t released official fuel economy estimates, so we can’t say if the 2014 Range Rover’s supercharged V6 will be a seamless replacement for the outgoing V8.
Car and Driver will miss the 375-horsepower, V8 engine for its refinement and power, but says that with the addition of the supercharged V6, America is falling in line with Europe and China, which are already prioritizing smaller, turbocharged engines. “The new entry-level Range Rover is just the latest example of the trend toward downsized, super- and turbocharged engines in the high-end luxury segment. ... Our advice is to enjoy the six-cylinders as long as they last.”
Pricing information for the 2014 Range Rover hasn’t been released, but the 2013 model starts at $83,545.
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