Range Rovers, however, have always sported burly engines. What makes the latest Range Rover so special is how it handles. Thanks to a world-first all-aluminium monocoque construction, as well as various other weight reductions, the SUV is 420kg lighter than its predecessor, which is obviously an important factor when it comes to handling and performance.
But that’s not the only trick that the new vehicle has up its sleeve. By dramatically reducing the amount of body lean during cornering, its Dynamic Response system transforms vehicle handling and occupant comfort. The latest two channel system is capable of controlling the front and rear axles independently, allowing it to be tuned to deliver increased low-speed agility, along with enhanced control and stability at speed.
The Adaptive Dynamics system, featuring continuously variable dampers, is a standard feature on all new Range Rovers, providing the optimum balance of ride and control by offering infinitely variable damper settings between soft and firm extremes.
The Adaptive Dynamics system monitors vehicle movements at least 500 times a second, reacting to driver or road inputs virtually instantaneously to give greater control and minimize body roll, providing a composed, flat ride. The system will even sense off-road conditions, and optimize damping accordingly.
Land Rover’s Terrain Response system is also back. It works pretty much as it always has, though it now has an “auto” setting. While you can still select the terrain you want, you can also let the system do its own thing, adapting as the terrain changes.
Inside, the Range Rover is as plush as ever. Every surface is covered in leather and soft-touch materials and, overall, finishes are top notch. Most noticeably, though, the interior is now simpler and more minimalist. Around 50% of the previous model’s switches have been removed, creating a cabin that is definitely more elegant.
The latest Range Rover is incredibly impressive. It manages to combine elegance and excellent on-road performance with good off-road ability, something that not many vehicles can do. What 4×4, after all, can do 250 km/h, yet still has low-range gearing and around 300mm of ground clearance. Not many.