In 40 years of production, Land Rover has only carried out a full redesign of the Range Rover three times — until today. This is the 2013 Range Rover (4th generation), a 21st century update on the classic British off-roader meant to make it even more of an all-wheel-drive Rolls-Royce.
The biggest changes aren’t with the aesthetics; the new Range Rover features a monocoque body and all new aluminum suspension components which makes it 39-percent lighter than the steel predecessor used from 2002-2012. That is upwards of 900 lbs in weight savings – depending on the trim level – thanks to the unibody design.
Take the 2013 Range Rover equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 for example. The naturally-aspirated SUV will probably weigh in at around 5,200 lbs which is 700 lbs less than the 2012 model. It is also expected that the supercharged V8 powerplant (510-hp) will return alongside the 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine (375-hp). It’s not expected that the powerplants will have any performance gains for the 2013 model year. It will however, featured an eight-speed ZF transmission, tossing out the previous six-speed automatic.