Offering 272bhp and a mountainous 472lb-ft of torque – more than a Ferrari 599 – the new Range Rover TDV8 is 54% more powerful than the TDV6 unit it replaces. As well as offering increased performance – the 0-62mph time is cut by four seconds to 9.2 seconds – the new V8 has the same fuel economy as the old engine at 25.1mpg combined.
Range Rover also claims significant gains in refinement, with noise levels in the cabin reduced by 75%. It also claims improved braking and handling.
As with the rest of the 2007 model year range, the TDV8 gains better interior storage space, a redesigned centre console, electronic parking brake and improved switchgear and stereo.
The range goes on sale later this year, with prices ranging from the mid-£50,000s to the mid-£60,000s.