2013 Range Rover supercharged V6 will join Australian lineup

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.

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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.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.