By Mark Hacking
A collection of cars for burning up the roads, these new models represent a potent mix of heart-stopping performance and heart-wrenching design.
2013 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged | $99,950
Most people who drive the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged will have no idea what they have on their hands. That’s because most people drive on perfectly paved roads. But the genius of the Range Rover is the way it can transition from ultra-luxurious urban cruising machine into rough-and-tumble off-road superstar.
The fourth-generation version of this icon has been redesigned and re-engineered from the ground up. Credited as being the world’s first SUV with an all-aluminum body, the new Range Rover is 39 per cent lighter than the outgoing model. This translates into a weight savings of up to 420 kg, depending upon the individual model chosen.
The supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine (510 horsepower; 461 lb-ft of torque) is linked to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. With its lightweight body and all that power and torque, the Range Rover Supercharged boasts a 0-100 km/h time of around five seconds, better fuel efficiency and effortless performance overall. Also, it could climb a sheer rock face if it had to.