Posts from ‘Land Rover’
I don’t eat fish. I mention this because I recently snapped a picture of Consumer Guide’s test Audi SQ5 next to a fish shop. But Don’s Dock, a kitschy seafood restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois, exudes an irresistible old-school charm that invites photography, and paying customers.
2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE
Class: Premium Midsize Crossover
Dates tested: 4/06/2015 – 4/13/2015
Miles Driven: 673
Fuel Used: 35.4
This wasn’t your ordinary press preview.
First, the global launch of Land Rover’s new entry-level vehicle took place in Iceland… in January. And as one might expect of a country bordering the Arctic Circle in the middle of winter, it wasn’t exactly balmy there.
2014 Land Rover LR4 HSE Lux
Miles Driven: 159
Fuel Used: 8.0 gallons
Driving mix: 40% city, 60% highway
What’s in a name? Sight unseen, would you be more likely to let Thurston Howell III borrow your comb, or some guy that goes by Gilligan? Would your sandwich taste better as croquet monsieur et gruyere, or as a ham and cheese?
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE
Dates tested: 1/13/2014-1/20/2014
Miles driven: 396
Fuel used: 11.8 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 15.8 mpg
Land Rover has long held a rather oxymoronic position in the SUV market: that of an exceptionally capable and rugged off-road machine with the trimmings and performance of a luxury sedan.
By Don Sikora II
I learned to drive in a 1977 AMC Hornet. It was a very basic car, and one of the few options it had was an automatic transmission. Like almost every automatic at the time it was a three-speed unit, basically American Motors’ version of Chrysler’s highly respected TorqueFlite automatic. That was back in the mid Eighties.
Jaguar took the wraps off its most powerful sedan ever at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The 2014 Jaguar XFR-S boasts a 550-horsepower 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission. The British maker says the car will go from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and achieve an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph.
Engineers tightened the front and rear suspensions by 30 percent. A new rear subframe is necessary to handle the high levels of torque running to the rear wheels. Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system monitors and counteracts body lean, which is especially useful when carving tight corners. Large ventilated disc brakes bring things to a halt.
Also on display at the 2012 LA Auto Show was the 2014 Jaguar F-Type. Originally unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, the F-Type is a 2-seat convertible powered by either a supercharged V6 or V8 engine.
Land Rover is also a part of the Jaguar family, and the purveyor of high-end off-roaders showed its redesigned 2013 Range Rover. Billed as the first all-aluminum SUV, the new “Rangie” weighs some 500 pounds less than its predecessor. This should translate into much improved fuel economy—up to 5 mpg in both the city and on the highway.