New Range Rover with More Photos!

Do you want to see more pictures of the new Range Rover? Here it is :)
You may check my previous post for information about the new Range Rover.

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Finally the New Range Rover with James Bond Inspiration, my 1000th Post

New Range Rover is my 1000th post in my blog.

New Range Rover is recently revealed to public in the Royal Ballet School, Richmond Park, London. New Range Rover looks like the combination of Evoque and the present Range Rover in term of exterior, therefore I didn’t like that much. It looks good, unfortunately not ground-breaking.

(The press event of the new Range Rover reminded one thing, James Bond. Because, the new Range Rover came out from the water like Bond girls coming out form the sea. Range Rover’s product placements in James Bond movies might have influence. Dr. No: Ursula Andress, Die Another Day: Halle Berry.)

However, the technology underneath the new Range Rover increased the bar higher. The present model was not able to offer the technologies you may find in German SUVs, especially in terms of safety systems. New Range Rover now offers; Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assistfeature enables to complete stop and available at low speeds, Intelligent Emergency Braking (with Advanced Emergency Brake Assist) brakes the vehicle if the upcoming traffic is too close or the driver is not responding to a potential collision (This is a great function and it is enough to buy the new Range Rover), Blind Spot Monitoring, Dynamic Response active lean control, another great feature is Reverse Traffic Detection warns driver for potential collisions during reversing and this is another must have feature as the Range Rover is big and may hard to reverse for some drivers and lastly Surround Camera System with T junction view feature.
Now the interior features of the new Range Rover (Now Range Rover offers the same luxury like in Mercedes S-Class); soft door close, power upper and lower tailgates for boot, cooler compartments, electrically deployable towbar, Land Rover classic Meridian audio system, 8-inch central screen , voice control, multi-massage seats and Executive Class rear seat (Two individual seats) and LED ambient lighting. And I hope that Range Rover’s navigation screen and instrument panel’s screens are improved and faster CPU is available, so go around the menus will be faster.
And the best bit, I like is the leather covered gear knob :)
New Range Rover 310 kg lighter and features new engines. V8 Supercharged produces 510 PS and reach to 100 kph (62 mph) 5.1 seconds (0.8 faster than previous one) and %9 more efficient.  3-lt diesel engine TDV6 produces 258 PS and 4.4-lt SDV8 diesel produces 339 PS. And SDV8 is %22 more efficient than the previous model. And I hope that 4.4-lt SDV8 will not ruin the weight balance.

And price starts from £70,000 and end up at £100,000!

Finally, the Range Rover may look quite similar to previous model but it is obvious that Land Rover realised the risk of new Bentley SUV and improved the technology and interior way beyond my expectations. Now Range Rover is ready for the Bentley SUV and compete with German SUVs way better than ever.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mercedes Unimog

Mercedes Unimog! Forget Range Rover, ignore Mercedes G-Wagoneven don’t mention Toyota Land Cruiser. Mercedes Unimog is the king of off-road. And many people never heard of Unimog, however they saw it many times.
Unimog is the four-wheel commercial vehicle of Mercedes. However, Unimog has a unique design and character since it was first built. Unimog always had the pick-up design, huge wheel and enormous off-road capabilities. For me, it is the best for off-road! Therefore, nearly whole countries in the world prefer Unimog for emergency services.
Recently, Arnold Schwarzenegger bought a $250.000 Mercedes Unimog to replace his super-efficient Hummer H1. Firstly, it is good to hear that Arnold realised that Hummer H1 was useless and secondly, it is not good to see that Arnold will be turn Unimog into pimp my ride car. And I really wonder what Arnold will do with Unimog? Provide public services such as; clearing snow in California, towing vehicles, towing trains, moving heavy items, cleaning road with special extension. Whatever Arnold tries to do with Unimog, there is a limitation! Unimog cannot do more than 120 kph (75 mph)
After Arnold’s move, I am definitely sure that, many Hollywood star will replace their Range Rover and Mercedes G-Wagon for an Unimog. But keep in mind, Unimog is huge!

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New Fiat Panda 4×4

The new Fiat Panda 4×4 pictures are revealed recently and I can say one thing about it, Panda 4×4 looks way better than the normal Panda. The normal Panda does not offer a distinctive style, however Panda 4×4 is totally the opposite. Therefore, I wanted to mention about it.
New Panda 4×4 is offered with permanent four-wheel drive and electronic differential locks. The engines are 0.9-lt petrol with 85 PS and 1.3-lt diesel with 74 PS. Panda 4×4 offers six-speed manual gearbox with the first gear designed to act as a low-range for off-road terrain. I think new Panda 4×4 is not a bad option for going around off-road with these specs!

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Range Rover Evoque vs. Mini Countryman

Range Rover Evoque vs. Mini Countryman. I should have written about them long time ago. But I didn’t and I really don’t know why. Last year, around these times, Land Rover revealed the Evoque and just before that, Mini revealed the Countryman.

Many people like me, assumed that Mini Countryman is going to be a rival for Evoque and they will eat their market share. However, this did not happen. Countryman has its own customers and Evoque has its own customers.

Since the beginning, Range Rover Evoque represented as a posh, show-off oriented and expensive. This strategy was good and was bad. Because, some people do not consume products that are too popular and perceived as a symbol of wealth. And some people love to consumer products that show their wealth.
However, with Mini Countryman things were a bit different. Mini did not engage with any celebrity or tried to promote Countryman as a something posh or show-off oriented. So, they did not turn into complete rivals.

But that is not the real reason. Evoque and Countryman have a huge gap among each other and that is called, price tag. A fully loaded Evoque can go up to £55,000 and Countryman can go up to £33,000. As you can see, there is a £22.000 of gap!

Honestly, I really love the design, driving experience of Range Rover Evoque and I would really want to own one. But £55.000 for a such a small car is too much from my perspective. And when I consider Mini Countryman for £33.000. It may be expensive but it is not that expensive. And also, Mini offers the same technology from BMW. With Countryman, you may order some of the features that are available in BMW. And that’s plus either.

I am not saying Evoque is not good or anything else but it is expensive. Actually, Evoque is targeted for people who will not say it is expensive.

In the end, Evoque and Countryman are really good cars. Evoque offers very good off road capabilities, Land Rover technology, high quality production and great design. Countryman offers off road ability, enjoyment of Mini, go-kart feeling, high quality and unique character. If I dismiss the price tag, just buy the one that matches with your personality. I think this is the best answer for the comparison.
Mini Countryman is offered with 1.6-lt petrol engine with 98 PS (One) / 122 PS (Cooper) / 184 PS (Cooper S); diesels are 1.6-lt  90 PS (One) / 112 PS (Cooper) and 2.0-lt 143 PS (Cooper S)

Range Rover Evoque is offered with 2.0-lt petrol engine with 240 PS and 2.2-lt diesel with 150 PS and 190 PS.

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Goodbye, Range Rover TDV8

Range Rover will be replaced soon in couple of months. These probably the last photos of the present Range Rover.
This model is on market for nearly ten years and received facelift for four times. The first facelift of Range Rover was the replacement of the BMW Td6 turbo diesel with 3.8 TDV8 turbo diesel and interior was revised. Later on, another facelift changed the interior again and replaced the instrument panel with a LCD one, it was around summer 2009. And recently, 3.8 TDV8 was replaced with 4.4 TDV8 and lots LED lights became available. 
In my opinion, I always like the first product. Exterior and interior were better than today, despite the lazy BMW Td6 engine.
This Range Rover Autobiography is powered by a 4.4-lt TDV8 diesel, 313 PS and 700 Nm of torque coupled with 8-speed automatic gearbox. Only needs 7.5 seconds to reach 100 kph (62 mph) and top speed of 210 kph (130 mph)


New Honda CRV from UK

New Honda CRV is revealed to market recently and it is made in UK! Honda CRV is on sale since 1995 and made the impressive appearance on 1998. Since that time, Honda CRV replaced couple of times and CRV had to compete with new vehicles on the market.
Even though, Honda CRV was never in my must buy list but many people bought it. So, CRV is a good car to own, many people cannot be wrong. My only concern with the CRV is the design. Honda CRV never looks appealing to me ever. I am really sorry but no charm at all.
Hopefully, Honda introduced a CRV that looks charming and looks like a proper SUV. The change in the new Honda CRV is not limited with the design, CRV also offers new technologies! Electric power steering, new all-wheel drive technology with much faster reaction time, hill start and descent control, adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation braking system.
However, the engines are not that charming in the new Honda CRV. Only 2-lt petrol and 2.2-lt turbo diesel are available. When you compare with VW Tiguan, Nissan Qashqai or any other competitor, Honda has a very limited engine range.  2-lt petrol engine produces 155 PS and 192 Nm of torque. 2.2-lt turbo diesel produces 150 PS and 350 Nm of torque. With optional five-speed automatic gearbox that is quite old fashion as well.
New Honda CRV looks good, improved but needs more.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed: Mercedes ML 63 AMG Photos

Mercedes ML 63 AMG is the most powerful model of Mercedes M-Class and recently, Mercedes revealed the new M-Class. This made us to wait for the new ML 63 AMG! And finally I saw ML 63 AMG with my own eyes!

Similar to SL 63 AMG, ML 63 AMG does not look very aggressive like old days. I really don’t know why they decided to change the design philosophy for the ML 63 AMG! I really loved the previous aggressive look of the ML 63 AMG.

I still could not get use to new ML’s rear look. I guess, I would love to drive ML 63 AMG but too conservative design places an obstacle between the ML 63 AMG and me.

Technical details are here!

5461 cc
Bore x stroke
98.0 x 90.5 mm
Compression ratio
10.0 : 1
386 kW (525 hp) at 5250 rpm
410 kW (557 hp) at 5750 rpm*
Max. torque
700 Nm at 1750-5000 rpm
760 Nm at 2000-5000 rpm*
Engine weight (dry)
204 kg
Fuel consumption, NEDC combined
11.8 l/100 km
CO2 emissions
276 g/km
Efficiency class
Acceleration 0-100 km/h
4.8 s
4.7 s*
Top speed
250 km/h**




Goodwood Festival of Speed: Land Rover Discovery 1.000.000 th

Land Rover Discovery’s 1.000.000 th model travelled from Biringham, UK to Beijing, China in 50 days by covering 12.800 KM (8000 MLS). And that Discovery 4 was in Goodwood Festival of Speed, with the dust as well. The Discovery 4 did not have the memory seats, it would be a bit uncomfortable not to have this function for a long journey. However, interior was perfectly clean despite 12.800 KM!


Goodwood Festival of Speed: BMW X6 M50d

Goodwood Festival of Speed featured the BMW’s most lunatic diesel engine, trio turbo 3-lt diesel that creates 381 PS of power and 740 Nm of torque. This lunatic engine was inside a BMW X6 and it was right hand drive.
I saw BMW X6 M50d model during February with partial camouflage but I didn’t have chance to take a picture. Now, here it is! This X6 M50d would definitely offer the best driving experience with its three turbos! 381 PS of power and 740 Nm of torque will make your day!