The world's most capable luxury sport utility vehicle received multiple enhancements for the 2007 model year. Even before the upgrades, the Land Rover Range Rover flagship stood at the pinnacle of SUV refinement and capability.

With the addition of Terrain Response as standard equipment and a redesigned interior cabin, well, it must be lonely at the top because the 2007 Range Rover is standing alone at the top of the mountain. And by the way, it is quite capable of climbing mountains and roads and mud and sand and rocks and just about anything else for that matter.

Not only will the Range Rover get you there, on- or off-road, you're going to travel first class.

OK, it costs as much as a house, but boy, what a house. Available in HSE and S/C (supercharged) trim lines, the five-passenger 2007 Land Rover Range Rover is as elegant as it is capable.

A naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 305 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque powers the HSE.

S/C models are powered by a supercharged 4.2-liter V-8 that produces 400 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with CommandShift and adaptive mapping.

The permanently engaged four-wheel drive transfer case is equipped with two speeds and an electronic center differential.

Using a dial in the center console, the patented Terrain Response system allows the driver to select one of five chassis and powertrain systems that best suits the driving conditions - general driving, grass/gravel/snow, sand, mud and ruts, or rock crawl. Throttle response, automatic transmission operation, electronic differentials, anti-lock brakes, the air suspension, traction control and hill descent control all click into synch to give any driver the confidence to traverse challenging terrain. Last year I had the opportunity to take the Range Rover rock climbing in Moab, Utah, and was absolutely blown away by its capability. It traversed passes that I didn't any vehicle capable of.

On regular highways, the four-corner independent suspension with extra-long wheel travel, air springs and automatic leveling provides an outstanding highway ride.

I was very pleased with the interior enhancements that improve both comfort and safety. We're talking first class accommodations for both the front and rear seating areas.

By the way, I thoroughly enjoyed the Premium 14-speaker, 710-watt harman/kardon LOGIC7 digital surround-sound audio system with Sirius satellite radio.

While the list is too long to name all the standard features in this limited space, I have to mention the voice-activated navigation system which also incorporates a rear camera to aid in backing up. If you have the bucks, I highly recommend the Land Rover Range Rover for a test drive.

Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 15 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association and the Midwest Automotive Media Association. Comments may be sent to Neal at

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