'Ultimate' Range Rover spotted
The sighting of a stretched Range Rover with four tailpipes hints at the release of a new flagship model combining supercharged power with the ultimate in driver luxury. The heavily-disguised model revealed a long wheelbase with four tailpipes, meaning that the engine under the bonnet must be a supercharged V8, Jaguar Land Rover appears to be aiming for a luxury model, which could be achieved by combining its most potent engine with its most opulent vehicle. The new company flagship could cost around £150,000, with the current V8 503bhp version retailing from £105,840.
The Range Rover LWB (long wheelbase), which is aluminium-bodied, offers rear-seat occupants an extra 186mm of legroom compared to the regular version. Customers can request individual reclining seating, an on-board home cinema system, and bespoke interior design that matches its main rivals: the Mercedes S-Class, Porsche Panamera and Audi A8.
With a market already identified in the Middle East for luxury high-powered luxury British cars, we can expect 2015 to be a fight for market share, with the aforementioned German luxury car manufacturers all offering V12 and V8 versions of their most potent vehicles.
If we base the 'Ultimate' Range Rover's performance on what the LWB can already achieve, we should see the company's flagship model accelerating from 0-62mph in less than 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 140mph.