Describing the Range Rover as the best car in the world is no exaggeration. The sheer breadth of the capabilities of the third-generation Rangie (as it is affectionately known) was truly awesome. Developed by BMW in the late ’90s, it set new SUV standards with air suspension, voice-activated satellite navigation, the heave of a hot hatch, and the mountain-climbing tenacity of Sherpa Tenzing.
The most expensive and popular Range Rover ever, the L322 was a 4×4 that felt like a Bentley and was the car that helped make Jaguar Land Rover one of the most admired and innovative car companies on the planet.
A SUPERCHARGED SUV
Supercharged versions gave fierce performance and the title of “The Fastest 4×4 by Far.” Jaguar-sourced alloy V8s were 4.2 liter at first, giving 395 bhp, and later enlarged to 5.0 liter, pushing out over 500 horsepower. Different grille and side vents told everyone you had a supercharger up front.
THE FRUGAL 4X4
4.4 TDV8 versions could better 30 mpg (12.7 km/l).
Massive heated screen had automatic rain-sensitive wipers.
Decorative side grilles broke up the huge slab-sided flanks.
Brakes were Brembo four-wheel discs.
On-road ride was serenely smooth.
Lush leather, cooled seats, a heated steering wheel, touch-screen TV, virtual instruments, and an eight-speed automatic gearbox all came as standard. The interior on top Autobiography models was as palatial as a Rolls Royce.
S P E C I F I C A T I O N S
MODEL Range Rover (2002–)
PRODUCTION More than 200,000
BODY STYLE Five-door SUV.
ENGINE 3.0–5.0-liter, straight-six V8.
POWER OUTPUT 286–503 bhp.
TRANSMISSION Five- to eight-speed automatic.
BRAKES Four-wheel discs.
MAXIMUM SPEED 130 mph (209 km/h) (supercharged)
0–60 MPH (0–96 KM/H) 6.5 sec (supercharged)
0–100 MPH (0–161 KM/H) 14.2 sec (supercharged)
A.F.C. 19–30 mpg (8.0–12.7 km/l)