The aftermarket continues to surprise us. Hot new vehicles that have justor maybe soon willhit the showrooms already have a cache of tuner parts available for them. Case in point is the Range Rover 4.4. It's all-new, powerful, superbly luxurious, and still capable of clawing through the ugliest of terrain (or the Neiman-Marcus parking lot). Yet that still wasn't good enough for Hamann Motorsport, which felt this Rover needed even more power and pizazz. Since Hamann gained its reputation as a top BMW tuner, extracting more juice from the Rover-badged BMW-sourced 4.4L DOHC V-8 proved a no-brainer.
Despite the fact that the Range Rover delivers an admirable 324 lb-ft of torque, Hamann went searching for more cubic inches. Its HM50 stroker kit replaces the factory crankshaft, rods, and pistons with more heavy-duty components that punch the displacement out to an even 5.0 L. Also included are more aggressive camshafts and a high-flow air-filter assembly. Custom exhaust headers and a free-flowing exhaust system replete with quadruple-pipe stainless-steel tips also are available for the new Rover. Hamann claims the 5.0L engine combo is good for a dyno-tested 360 hp78 more than stockand a stout 384 lb-ft of torque. On the street, the power increase translates to a 1.1-sec reduction from a stock Range Rover's 0-60-mph time, according to Hamann.
If you want more style with your speed, Hamann can provide it. Its PG3 22x10.5-in. five-spoke wheels wrapped in 285/30ZR22 tires make the otherwise large 18- or 19-in. (depending on model) factory wheels look strangely miniscule by comparison. More aggressive suspension and performance braking goods currently are in the development pipeline.
Interior upgrades were kept to a minimum in the form of an airbag-compatible sport-style steering wheel, machined aluminum footrest and pedals, and specially stitched floormats with the Hamann logo. No word yet on an aftermarket body kit, but we'd bet something's in the works.
A Hamann HM50 engine conversion will set you back a not-so-cool $21,500, but you'll have the satisfaction of knowing your upscale British luxo-ute is really ready to rumble. After all, it's only moneyand you've got your reputation to protect.