2013 Range Rover | new car review

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 by

’s is thought of by many as the ultimate luxury SUV, and an all new one has just been introduced. The 2013 promises to take the stately home on wheels to a whole new level of luxury, refinement and performance.

The 2013 Range Rover is the first SUV to feature an all aluminium monocoque body, which is 39 per cent lighter than the steel body of the outgoing model. Depending on specifications, there are weight savings of up to 420 kilos which makes for drastically improved performance and economy as well as a reduction in Co2 emissions. With a drag coefficient of 0.34, the 2013 Range Rover is the slipperiest Range Rover ever.

Although still instantly recognisable as a Range Rover, the design of the 2013 model differs significantly from the outgoing car. A thoroughly modern looks both inside and out; the 2013 Range Rover comes with reduced wind, road and engine noise and greater leg room for those seated in the rear. In standard specification it will seat five.

There are two familiar petrol engines on offer, a 5 litre V8 with 375hp and 510Nm of torque while the range topper is bestowed a 5 litre supercharged V8 putting out 510hp and 625Nm of torque which is capable of hauling the new Range Rover from 0-100km/h in an impressive 5.4 seconds. Both engines are mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission.

The Range Rover has always been very capable off the tarmac. The 2013 model features Land Rovers latest Terrain Response system which reads the terrain and adjusts the vehicles settings to ensure the best possible off road performance.

An array of safety attributes include driver, passenger, side curtain and thorax airbags, blind spot monitoring, intelligent emergency braking, dynamic stability control, electronic traction control and ABS.

Key specs and prices:

Price: Est. AED420,000 – AED580,000

Engines expected in the Middle East:

5.0 litre V8
Max Power: 375hp
Max Torque: 510Nm

5.0 litre supercharged V8
Max Power: 510hp
Max Torque: 625Nm

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

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2013 Range Rover:  technical Data

5.0L V8 Petrol

5.0L Supercharged

V8 Petrol

Height mm (in)

1835 (72.3)

Width excl. Wing Mirrors / Wing Mirrors Folded mm (in)

1983 (78.1) / 2073 (81.6)

Length mm (in)

4999 (196.8)

Wheelbase mm (in)

2922 (115)

Track – front / rear at ground level mm (in)

1690 (66.5) / 1683 (66.3)

Approach Angle deg

26.0 (standard height) / 34.7 ( height)

Departure Angle deg

24.6 (standard height) / 29.6 (off-road height)

Ramp Breakover Angle

20.1 (standard height) / 28.3 (off-road height)

Wading depth mm


Turning Circle m (ft)

12.3 (40.4)

Drag Coefficient from… Cd



Weight from… kg



Loadspace Volume  litres (cu.ft)

  • Maximum behind row 2
  • Maximum behind row 1
  • Under luggage cover

909 (32.1)

2030 (71.7)

550 (19.4)

Front Suspension

SLA suspension  with twin lower links with air springs/ Adaptive Damping/ passive anti roll bar

SLA suspension with twin lower links with air springs/ Adaptive Damping/ Dynamic Response

Rear Suspension

Integral link suspension with air springs/ Adaptive Damping/ passive anti roll bar

Integral link suspension with air springs/ Adaptive Damping/ Dynamic Response

Brakes mm

380mm ventilated disc front / 365mm ventilated disc rear


Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) rack and pinion

Engine Type

Longitudinal, V8,      32 valves, Quad cam DIVCT (Dual Independent Variable Cam Timing)

Longitudinal, V8,         32 valves, Quad cam DIVCT (Dual Independent Variable Cam Timing)

Four Wheel Drive System

Permanent 4WD via centre differential and optional rear differential

Displacement cc (cu.in)

4999.7 (305.1)

4999.7 (305.1)

Bore / Stroke mm (in)

92.5 / 93.0             (3.64 / 3.66)

92.5 / 93.0              (3.64 / 3.66)

Compression Ratio :1



Max Power PS (kW)

375 (276)

510 (375)

Max Power US bhp



Engine Speed at Max Power rpm



Max Torque Nm (lb ft)

510 (375)

625 (461)

Engine Speed at Max Torque rpm




ZF 8HP70

8-Speed auto

ZF 8HP70

8-Speed auto




CO2 EU Combined



Fuel consumption EU urban /extra urban /combined  mpg (L/100km)

15.7 /29.7 /22.1     (18.0 /9.5 /12.8)

13.7 /28.5 /20.5

(20.6 /9.9 /13.8)

Fuel Tank Capacity litres



Range EU combined miles (km)

519 (835)

482 (776)







Top Speed mph


140 (155-opt)


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