2018 Range Rover LWB is a Posh & Pricey ‘English Elephant’
Newest version of extended-length Range Rover offers ample space & more power for a price as high as the mountainous peaks it can reach.
Over the last several years, luxury SUVs have become such hot sellers that automakers who have never made them before have gotten in on the action. Names such as Levante and Cullinan are now part of the automotive lexicon. Those brands that are new to the market segment have a lot to learn about luxury SUV customers. Land Rover, on the other hand, has decades of knowledge about them. Its entire portfolio caters to high-end utility vehicle buyers. In this Roadshow video, host Emme Hall shares some of the most notable features of LR’s flagship model, the 2018 Range Rover LWB.
As its name implies, the LWB model is longer than a standard Range Rover. At 17 feet long, it’s an enormous vehicle with a 123-inch wheelbase that offers seven more inches of rear legroom than its shorter sibling.
A supercharged 5.0-liter V8 with 518 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque connected to an eight-speed automatic gets all of that mass up to speed. According to Land Rover, the model Hall tests can hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. Although Hall doesn’t find the full nav screen in the gauge cluster to be as cool as Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system, it does give her an easily legible view of the route ahead. If that route includes off-road driving, the RR is ready for it with an air suspension that increases ground clearance by three inches in its maximum off-road height setting. Wading depth tops out at nearly three feet.
The long-wheelbase 2018 Range Rover is available in three forms: Supercharged, Autobiography, and SVAutobiography. Hall’s Supercharged tester carries a base price of $108,895; as equipped, it has a sticker price of more than $126,000. She calls her evaluation vehicle an “English Elephant.” We’ve never heard of that breed, but we’ve seen plenty of its kind around us. We have a feeling we’ll continue to do so for decades to come.