2013 Range Rover supercharged V6 will join Australian lineup

Brett Davis

Land Rover Australia has announced it will introduce the 2013 Range Rover LR-V6 supercharged petrol to the lineup during the final quarter of this year. The new engine will replace the 5.0-litre V8, offering similar performance with improved fuel economy.

Comprising of a 3.0-litre supercharged V6, the quad-cam LR-V6 produces 250kW of power and 450Nm of torque. It features an all-aluminium construction, spray-guided direct injection (SGDI), variable valve timing, and cross-bolted main bearing caps for added reliability and refinement.

Despite being force fed, the engine’s compression ratio is at a relatively high 10.5:1. This helps with efficiency, power response, while also reducing emissions compared with the V8 it replaces. The boost is provided by a Roots-type twin vortex supercharger.

Matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the SCV6 is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 7.4 seconds. Even though Range Rover hasn’t revealed fuel economy figures, the new model produces 15 per cent less emissions than the V8.

Being an off-road machine, the Range Rover V6 offers all of the rugged credibility of the other Range Rover models, including a tilt angle of up to 45 degrees, a wading depth of 900mm, and a towing capacity of 3500kg.

Like all Range Rovers, the interior is filled with all of the latest luxuries and technologies that you would expect, such as a leather upholstery, a comprehensive multimedia interface, and loads of electric adjustments and settings.

Prices for the new model are yet to be announced, however, it is expected to fall between $180,000 and 200,000.

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