Land Rover has remapped the SDV8 fitted to L405 Range Rovers and L494 Range Rover Sports to give 546lb ft and a fuller torque curve between 1700 and 2300rpm, and uprated the torque convertor for the ZF 8HP70 eight-speed automatic gearbox with a twin-spring damper. The upshot is said to be quicker in-gear acceleration from fifth to eighth gear, giving overtaking, towing and off-road performance a boost.
Power output is unchanged (335bhp at 3500rpm), as is combined fuel consumption (32.5mpg), CO2 emissions (229g/km), 0-60mph acceleration in 6.5sec (LWB, 6.6sec) and 135mph top speed (Sport, 140mph).
For the first time since the current Range Rover’s launch in late 2012, it’ll be available with the 19-inch wheels stated as an option back then. A split-five-spoke design, they’ll be finished in Satin Dark Grey. Or, for Long Wheel Base models that aren’t destined for serious off-road use there’s now a 22-inch wheel option. The smallest wheel size for Range Rover Sport is still 20-inch.
2015 model year Range Rovers will be available to order from July 16, with UK buyers able to order the super-luxury Range Rover Autobiography Black Long Wheel Base from August.
Other spec tweaks include an Evoque-style fixed panoramic roof option, InControl Apps and Wi-Fi option, plus new colours including Aruba Silver.