Driving Report: Range Rover LWB The long-wheelbase version in the test

The long-wheelbase version in the test

You want to build not only the best SUV in the world. The new Range Rover, the British also aimed at the established luxury saloons. That you can keep up there quite, they underscore now with a new long-wheelbase version. Impressive is not only the format.

Chauffeured limos They know them from the posh Beverly Wilshire hotel in the heart of Los Angeles. After all, Hollywood celebrities goes from us. And anyone who diagonally opposite holding in Rodeo Drive for shopping at Cartier & Co, who still comes after a jump to the bar in the hotel that the whole world knows since "Pretty Woman". A Lincoln Towncar therefore appreciating not look here, a long S-class standard and also a Bentley or Rolls-Royce can be on the right of way to impress anyone. But as the dark Range Rover pulls up, amazed even not bad, the guys from valet parking. Not because of the extra 20 centimeters that can be hardly recognized at first glance. But because suddenly gets out a chauffeur and gallantly opens the car door. Because this is not a normal Range Rover, but the new long-wheelbase version, the straight Downtown at the fair celebrates its world premiere and roll here on the first test drive through Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

© Land Rover enough legroom for a waltz, recliner as in the business class desks for folding, a refrigerated compartment in the center console and an infotainment system, from which the airline could still some learn a lot. With two inches more space in the rear penetrate the British a little further into the world of the rich and famous and wants to back its claim to leadership in the comfort rating. If one believes Brand Manager John Edwards, the new Range Rover is not only the best SUV in the world. He can compete with Bentley & Rolls and is therefore virtually predestined for the use of a chauffeur. Only he was the English for it so far appears to be a little too tight, although it has never actually really been lacking on space in the rear.

Therefore, the ship is now thick with its full 5.20 meters in the right of way, yet still appears surprisingly dainty. In the first place US models like the Cadillac Escalade and the Chevrolet Suburban are again greater a number. Secondly, the design team has the Stretchkur concealed so well that you have to look very closely in order to come out the long version. For safety's sake, therefore a discreet plaque emblazoned with a big " L " under the gills on the front fenders.

© Land RoverMit to two inches more space in the rear penetrate the British a little further into the world of the rich and famous . Is he or is he 's not? This question is at the latest then unnecessary if James with black hat and white gloves opens the rear car door and the view of the lush Fond falls: Sufficient legroom for a waltz, recliner as in the business class desks for folding, a refrigerated compartment in the center console and an infotainment system, from which the airline still some could learn a lot - because of congestion on Sunset Boulevard can sometimes take an hour or longer. And when you finally reached your destination, you go from a high seat so nobly down as from a throne and does not have to laboriously produce peel under a limousine roof - much more elegant on the red carpet you can therefore hardly ancestors.

As the big Range Rover actually travels that one wonders at the best driver. The will know. And can a sure sing a song about how curves with such a huge car through the car park or shunted without scarring in the hotel driveway. Seen from behind that acts in any case enormously effortless and as disconnected from the world. The otherwise at full throttle clearly present 5.0-liter V8 is like wrapped in cotton wool and can be heard even when kickdown barely. The air suspension embeds an on air and ironed out even the nastiest nicks in the American roads smooth. And with the 83 kilos of extra weight the engine has no trouble. Firstly, it is important for more than 2.3 tons now also no longer present, and secondly to remain at 510 hp and 625 Nm more than sufficient reserves. Not for nothing also creates the Range Rover LWB the sprint in 5.4 seconds and has a fantastic in the right setup with up to 250 km / h over the highway.

© Land RoverUnd when you finally reached your destination, you go from a high seat down so nobly like a throne . While Land Rover sees the largest markets for the perhaps most spacious luxury sedan in the world, of course, in China, in America and in the East. But the German dealers grant the Colossus in a tuxedo a few chances and run the new top model in its price list. Available with the V8 petrol engine, an eight-cylinder diesel or diesel hybrid, it's there in the spring for about 10,000 euros surcharge on price 130000-137000 euros in the prestigious " Autobiography " equipment. And who waits until the autumn, gets the more luxurious " Autobiography Black " package with even softer leather and even more luxury. Then, however, the price climbs to an impressive 170,000 euros, bringing the Range Rover in this category approximates the competitors from the lowlands of the limo driver.

Nevertheless believes Land Rover that every 20th range buyers ordered the long-wheelbase version in Germany. It is quite possible that under the terms of the guys from the Beverly Wilshire also Messrs Wagenmeister the Adlon in Berlin or at the Bayerischer Hof in Munich a little amazed kommen.Technische data - Range Rover V8 LWB Four-door, five-seater SUV luxury, Length: 5.20m, Width: 1.98 meters Height: 1.84 meters, wheelbase: 3.32 meters, Trunk size: not specified 5.0-liter supercharged V8 petrol engine, 8-speed automatic, 375 kW / 510 hp, max. Torque 625 Nm at 2500-5500 U / min, Vmax 250 km / h, zero to 100 km / h in 5.4 seconds, average fuel consumption of 12.8 liters / 100 km, CO2 emissions 229 g / km, price approximately 137,000 Euro. Brief characteristics Range Rover LWB Alternative for long Mercedes S-Class, the Bentley Flying Spur and the private Fits: CEOs, city princes and the landed aristocracy When will he come: in March / April Looks good: before the Grand Hotel, on the posh shopping street and in the gravel driveway of the estate. What is to come: the more classier Autobiography Black Edition