The 2013 Range Rover benefits from a brand new aluminum platform that sees the big SUV weigh in some 700 pounds less than the previous version, aiding both performance and fuel economy. There is also a load of technological upgrades including a new Terrain Response system, for those Range Rover buyers that actually plan to go off-road, and despite being lighter the new model is also bigger than the one it replaces.
The $83,500 starting price nets you a 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. A supercharged version of this engine is also available, delivering 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic.
The 0-60 times come in at an impressive 6.5 seconds and 5.1 seconds, respectively, while top speeds register at 130 mph and 140 mph. EPA-rated fuel economy figures are expected to be announced closer to launch.
A luxury-laden Range Rover Autobiography model will also be offered once again, with the starting price of this particular model coming in at a staggering $130,950.
Interestingly, Land Rover chose to show off its new Range Rover for the first time in the U.S. at a special presentation in the home of one of its top clients. The reveal was held at the 30,000 square-foot home on the former Frick estate in the prestigious Alpine suburb of New Jersey. It boasts five floors of 12 bedrooms, 19 bathrooms, an indoor basketball court, movie theatre, 11-car garage, 4000-bottle wine cellar and an elevator.
The new Range Rover now heads to the 2012 Paris Auto Show for its official world debut.
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