Range Rover to get 4.4-liter, 308-horsepower diesel

For 2011, Land Rover's Range Rover flagship will reportedly receive a new and improved 4.4-liter diesel V8 - but not for North America.

European Range Rovers will reportedly soon receive a 4.4-liter diesel V8 to replace the lineup's existing 3.6-liter V8, according to a letter sent to German Land Rover retailers.

The new V8 coincides with the Range Rover's 40th anniversary and it is apparently set to be unveiled during an event for European media in London next month.

Boasting 308 horsepower and 516 lb-ft. of torque, the new V8 is considerably more powerful than the outgoing engine, but its biggest improvement is its 10 percent reduction in fuel consumption, down to about 23 mpg. It also emits a reasonable 264 g/km of CO2 - an impressive figure for a large, powerful SUV.

Land Rover says the new model will sprint to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds before topping out at 129 mph.

To go with the new powertrain, the Range Rover will apparently eschew its current traditional gear lever for the pop-up and rotate knob seen on Jaguar's XJ and XF.

The 4.4-liter diesel will add a 3,000 euro premium to the current model, putting the cost of entry around 88,000 euros. It's unexpected that the diesel will make it to North America.

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