Merry Christmas to ME! My dad knew I liked this car and he wasn't driving it as much as he used to since buying a Porsche Cayenne about a year ago, so he gave it to me for Christmas! Wow! He helped me out when I got my M3, but he gave me the Range Rover outright. It seems like a formality, since I was putting just about all the miles on it anyway, and I was the one washing and detailing it anyhow!
Quoted from rsportscars.com:
A Superior Blend of Performance and Luxury:
The Range Rover Supercharged is the best-performing and best-handling vehicle that Land Rover has ever built. Designed to complement the renowned Range Rover - which continues as the company's flagship - the Range Rover Supercharged is a completely new vehicle, a more compact, more agile and more performance-oriented SUV.
It combines invigorating dynamic ability with outstanding comfort and refinement. Land Rover calls it a 'sports tourer'. This reflects its ability effortlessly to cover long journeys quickly and comfortably, and yet also to deliver sharp handling and exhilarating performance. Its on-road prowess is complemented by class-leading off-road capability.
The SUV uses a 390 bhp Jaguar-derived supercharged V8 engine and has a top speed of 140 mph, electronically limited. It is the fastest and best-accelerating vehicle that Land Rover has ever made.
"The Range Rover Supercharged is an additional, fifth nameplate for the Land Rover brand," says managing director Matthew Taylor. "It competes in the growing performance SUV market, but is different from all rivals.
Refined, High-Performance Engine
The Range Rover Supercharged model uses a 4.2-liter supercharged 390 bhp V8 engine. Derived from the renowned engine used in Jaguar performance models, it has been specially developed for Land Rover needs. Maximum torque is 410 lb-ft, and power and torque are fed, full-time, to all four wheels through a ZF six-speed 'intelligent shift' automatic gearbox. The transmission features sport programming and Land Rover's Command Shift, which offers manual control of gear changes. Low range is electronically selectable 'on the move', for tough off-roading.
Tuned For On-Road Performance, But Class-Leading Off-Road
The new Range Rover Supercharged is the best "driver's vehicle" that Land Rover has ever made. The company's new and unique Integrated Body-frame structure, first seen on the Discovery 3/LR3, has been tailored for the Range Rover Supercharged. To reinforce the vehicle's sporty character, and improve agility, the wheelbase is 14 cm (six inches) shorter. The fully independent, air-sprung suspension has also been tuned for exhilarating on-road performance. Minimum body-roll and maximum driver feedback were priorities. Double wishbone suspension front and rear - as typically featured on the world's leading sports cars - is used.
A new Land Rover technology, Dynamic Response, further reduces roll and improves handling. This computer-controlled active anti-roll system senses cornering forces and then acts to reduce lean. It's one of the key reasons why this powerful SUV has the agility and handling of a much smaller sporty vehicle.
In keeping with its "driver's pedigree", much work on the chassis tuning of the Range Rover Supercharged was undertaken at the Nürburgring race circuit in Germany, in addition to the extensive and rigorous on-road and off-road Land Rover development program. On the supercharged version, four-piston race-bred Brembo front brakes help give superb braking ability.
Packed With Technology
The Range Rover Supercharged is one of the most aerodynamic of all SUVs. Although packed with recognizable Range Rover cues, it is stylistically different in many ways. The windscreen is more steeply raked, the roofline is lower and sloped, the glass is flush fitting, the characteristic Range Rover bonnet castellations have been smoothed away and the vehicle sits lower.
Despite its comparative lowness, it is still a roomy SUV, offering space and comfort for five people. Premium materials - including leather, wood and metallic finishes - are used extensively. The cockpit is designed around the driver, and is more enveloping than other Land Rovers. The high and sweeping centre console helps the driver reach across to the controls, rather than down to them. The seats are sporty and supportive.
It is also the most technologically advanced Land Rover to date. Apart from Terrain Response, Dynamic Response and a host of other advanced powertrain and traction controls, the Range Rover Sport features Adaptive Cruise Control (its first Land Rover application), bi-xenon adaptive front lighting and the latest generation satellite navigation, both on- and off-road.
(This was actually my folks family car when I was growing up. The picture above and the ones in it's album are of cars I found online that are very similar to the actual car. My dad traded it in on a new, downsized Impala wagon with the 9C1 Police package drivetrain and suspension in 1977. The car DID NOT have the custom wheels as seen in the picture. It rolled on the factory steelies with the factory wheel covers and whitewall tires.)
Ah, memories. Memories of riding backwards, looking at the world going by in the wrong direction in this car's rearward-facing 3rd seat. Memories of idiots driving behind us at night with their high beams on. memories of getting violently car sick back there on long trips... On the other hand, there were some GREAT memories to go along with those, thanks to my dad being a closet hot rodder and the fact that this car came equipped with a 4-barrel 427 big block with dual exhausts. To this day my dad can't back down from an honest stoplight drag if he feels like 1) the other guy needs to be put in his place and, 2) if he feels he can take him. I don't remember him ever backing down from a showdown with this big ol' grocery getter!
I have so many fond memories of that car. It was that car which really told me that my dad was a hot rodder at heart. He was an accountant who went to work every day in a suit and tie with a starched white shirt and the requisite black-framed glasses and a pocket protector. (Today, he's retired and has lost the suit - except for church on Sunday - but he still has the glasses and pocket protector!) He traded a maroon 327/Powerglide '66 Bel Air wagon on the Kingswood Estate in about August of '69, and the two cars were like night and day. I remember one time on a straight stretch of 2-lane back road, we were driving along at about 10 over the speed limit, just the two of us, when a guy in a jacked-up green El Camino with mag wheels, side pipes and an L-88 scoop decides he wants to pass. Well, that wasn't a good idea as far as my dad was concerned! He put his right foot down to the mat and that wagon JUMPED! 50 up to 100 in less time than it takes to read about it! The Elky never did get past us. Imagine how embarassed Joe Hot Rod in the El Camino must have been to get dusted by an accountant in a wood-sided wagon with whitewalls and standard wheel covers!
The car got it's name from my parent's habit of naming their cars in alphabetical order. First, there was "Archie", a 1960 Corvair 500 coupe, which was followed by "Boris", a black '62 Biscayne 2-door sedan. Then came "Caspar", a burgundy '66 Bel Air 3-seat wagon. The "Dragon Wagon" got it's name not from it's performance but rather it's dark green paint. Later on, in 1977, the car was replaced by a new Police-Spec Impala wagon painted Firethorn Red. Naturally, that car became "Eric the Red"!
2007 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged Specifications
Brakes F/R: ABS, vented disc/vented disc
Tires F-R: 275/40 R20
Driveline: All Wheel Drive
Type: Supercharged V8
Displacement cu in (cc): 256 (4197)
Power bhp (kW) at RPM: 390(291) / 5750
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM: 410(550) / 3500
Redline at RPM: n.a.
Length × Width × Height in: 188.5 × 75.9 × 71.5
Weight lb (kg): 5671 (2559)
Acceleration 0-62 mph s: n.a.
Top Speed mph (km/h): 140 (225) - electronically limited
Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km):
Physical Size: Bloody HUGE!
Engine Size: 427 c.i.d.
Horsepower: Plenty for even a car this big!
0-60: 5+ seconds, but under 6 (I timed it a couple of times on my wristwatch when my dad was really getting after it... )
1/4 Mile: Damn quick for a big @&& wagon!
No factory options listed.
427 c.i.d. Engine
Turbo Hydramatic 400 Automatic Transmission
Rearward-Facing Third Seat
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