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Big diesels muscle in on luxury SUV market

 

Introduction here at month’s end of Range Rover’s new V8 diesel highlights a wider availability of big-capacity turbodiesels in luxury SUVs, a market until recently dominated by powerful petrol engines.

Introduction here at month’s end of Range Rover’s new V8 diesel highlights a wider availability of big-capacity turbodiesels in luxury SUVs, a market until recently dominated by powerful petrol engines.
Volkswagen set the trend with its 5.0 litre V10 in the Touareg, offering 230kW and 750Nm of torque. The Land Rover engine, a development of the recent Jaguar V8 diesel, tops at 200kW with 640Nm of torque. Lurking in the background, maybe for 2008, is Audi’s killer twin turbo diesel V12: 375kW and 1000Nm.
Like the VW’s, Land Rover’s motor offers performance that equals or betters equivalent V8 petrol models, with significantly better fuel consumption. Land Rover claims around 11 litres per 100km on the combined fuel cycle.
In the UK, diesels now comprise 92 per cent of Land Rover sales and demand for the TDV8 saw demand for diesel Range Rovers up by 145 per cent in the final quarter.

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