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Land Rover Range Rover

The Range Rover is a long running luxury vehicle for the Land Rover company. The first Range Rover prototype was built in 1967 with a finalized design in 1969. The Range Rover was introduced to the public in 1970. When it was introduced, the Louvre, a famous museum in Paris, exhibited it as ""an exemplary work of industrial design"".

The first generation is still considered a classic of SUV design. The popularity of the Range Rover has continued; the vehicle is still produced today.

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About the Land Rover Range Rover

The Range Rover is known for its long history of innovation and exemplary design from the first generation to the current one. No single SUV was more influential in the luxury market for so long.

The Range Rover is not without its critics. Poor CO2 emissions and high fuel consumption makes the Ranger Rover one of the worst vehicles to drive if you’re at all concerned for the environment.

Land Rover Range Rover Features

The 2012 Range Rover is available in three models: the HSE, the HSE LUX, and the Supercharged.

The HSE model is the base, starting at $80,275. Underneath the hood is a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that puts out 375 horsepower with a 375 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed transmission using the CommandShift system controls the engine. A Hill Descent Control is also standard. All of the vehicles share driver and passenger airbags as well as curtain and thorax airbags.

The HSE LUX, starting at $84,645 has better trim than the HSE model. Oxford leather is used for the seats, new colored door handles, Range Rover branded wheel caps, and body-colored side grills make this model all flash. The 19-inch seven-spoke alloy rims are increased to 20-inch ""style 8"" rims.

The Supercharged Range Rover starts at $95,670. Those wheels are upgraded again, this time to 20-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels called the ""Style 11"". Twenty-inch diamond turned style 14 and style 19 are available as option. The engine on the Supercharged is upgraded as well, hence the name. A 5.0 supercharged V-8 engine produces 510 British horsepower. The engine can get even the heavy body of the Range Rover moving at 140 miles per hour tops, with a 0 to 60 of 5.9 seconds. Command Shift gives you better gear response.

The Autobiography is a limited edition version of the Supercharged. Inside is the same engine but the trim features on the interior are greatly refined. Semi-aniline leather seats, full leather facings on the door panels, and a veneer trim consisting of 14 wooden pieces make a luxurious interior.

Land Rover Range Rover Evolution

The first generation Range Rover wasn’t sold in the United States until 1987. The car went through many changes since.

The first generation model was introduced in 1970 in Britain. It was seized upon by wealthy denizens of the island leading to the Range Rover’s introduction in the U.S. The first Range Rover was a body-on-frame design. It used coil springs, four-wheel drive, and four disc brakes. Inside, the first Range Rovers had vinyl seats and plastic dashboards, bucking the idea that luxury meant leather.

Under the hood, the first models had a 3.5-liter V-8 that originally produced 135 hp. In 1984, Lucas fuel injection improved performance to 155 horsepower. In 1990, the 3.5 liter was increased to a 3.9-liter, and a 4.2 was introduced in 1993. Turbodiesel engines ranging from 2.4 to 2.5 liters were also made available starting in 1988.

The first generation was also used as service vehicles in airfields, including the Carmichaels International six-wheel Fire Tender. These models had a water pump attached to the front of the vehicle to put out airport fires.

The second generation was introduced in 1994. These vehicles had an updated Rover V-8 engine in 4.0 and 4.6-liter variations. The second generation ran between 1994 and 2001.

The third and current generation was introduced in 2002 and is still made today. Range Rover Sport and Evoque models were introduced during this generation as well. The Sport has increased engine output.

The Range Rover is one of those luxury status symbols the public hates to love. It’s hard to argue that the Range Rover is a fine vehicle. The engine combined with the mechanics makes the Range Rover suitable for both on and off-road driving. The plush interior screams class and luxury. If you are in the market for a superior SUV and aren't concerned with the environmental impact, go for a Range Rover.

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