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2011 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

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2011 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

2011 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

Photo © Jason Fogelson

The Bottom Line

Land Rover's flagship has new power under the hood, and more is better. Take a 5.0-liter V8, strap on a supercharger, and you've got the potential for greatness -- or disaster. Luckily, Range Rover Supercharged handles all that power with grace, elegance and confidence. Possibly the best off-road and on-road SUV on the planet right now.
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Pros

  • Luxury and elegance in one package.
  • Go-anywhere off-road features.
  • 510 hp.

Cons

  • Pricey.
  • Not great on gas.
  • Jealous neighbors hate you.

Description

  • Base price $94,615 ($106,065 as tested)
  • Engine: 5.0 liter supercharged V8
  • Horsepower: 510 @ 6,000 - 6,500 rpm
  • Torque: 461 lb-ft @ 2,500 - 5,500 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic
  • Cargo: 74.2 cubic feet Luggage: 35.1 cubic feet
  • Length: 195.8” Width: 87.2” (inc mirrors) Height: 73.9” Ground Clearance: 9.1” (std); 11.1” (off-road) Wheelbase: 113.3”
  • Curb Weight: 5,891 lbs
  • Fuel Economy: 12 mpg city/18 mpg highway
  • Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles basic

Guide Review - 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

The Range Rover Supercharged is back for 2011, and the best just got better. There are plenty of reasons to love Range Rover Supercharged, but I'll just give you 510 of them -- and those are the ponies living under the hood. A few years ago, the idea of a 510 hp engine was a fantasy entertained by drag racers, not by luxury vehicle owners. The remarkable thing about Land Rover's new engine is not that it is so powerful, but that it is so refined. It feels like you can deliver each of those 510 horses individually, so precise is the electronic throttle control on the Supercharged. Click Land Rover's Terrain Response knob to one of the special off-road settings (Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand, Rock Crawl), and the throttle, transmission and air suspension settings are tailored to the road conditions you identify. The combination of great on-road manners with amazing off-road capability is what makes the Supercharged so great.

Luxury is a big part of the Range Rover story as well. The interior of the vehicle is beautifully upholstered and trimmed with real wood and metal -- no cheap plastic need apply. I love the ergonomics of the Range Rover. Everything's in the right place, and all of the touch points are delightful to the touch.

If I could improve anything on the Range Rover Supercharged, it would be fuel economy. But with all that power on tap, and nearly three tons (5,891 lbs) of vehicle to move about, I don't know how that could happen. I suppose that the $94,615 base price ($!06,065 as tested) helps to self-select owners who can afford the gas. Range Rover Supercharged is not an impulse buy for most of us.

There are cheaper ways to get around town and country, but few four wheel conveyances are as rewarding. The 2011 Range Rover Supercharged delivers all of the potential that those 510 horses promise.

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