Today I was driving along a country lane and met a Range Rover, this luxurious beast of the road, contained a family along with a rather large dog. It effortlessly moved onto the verge to allow me to pass, and as I drove by I had a feeling of jealousy………..I would like to be able to drive up verges and I want a dog!
The first Range Rover was revealed to the world 46 years ago and is now probably the most successful luxury all terrain vehicle.
In 1970 the first generation of the Range Rover was launched.
The Classic ran from 1970 to 1994, and featured a light weight aluminium V8 Engine, permanent four wheel drive and all round disk brakes. The first generation of the Range Rover lasted 25 years.
Over the 25 years the Classic started to evolve, originally only available as a 2 door with a 4 door version coming in 1981 and an automatic being introduced in 1982. The first diesel range came in 1986 and in 1989 was the first 4×4 to feature anti-lock brakes, another first of its kind came in 1992 with the introduction of electronic traction control and automatic electronic air suspension.
In 1994 the second generation of the Range Rover was brought to us known as the P38a, this model had a more luxurious interior, greater on road ability and off road capability and ran until 2001.
The P38a included the addition of height adjustable suspension and an engine line up with with a 2.5-liter diesel and 3.9- and 4.6-liter V8 petrol units.
The Linley special edition was launched in 1999 and was the most luxurious so far, designed by Lord Linley only 10 models were produced and included a Sat Nav and TV.
2001 saw the L322 launched inspired by yachts, fine furniture and first class airline seating, it was bigger, more spacious and came with significant improvements on predecessors.
Technology was moving forward and the addition of virtual instruments in 2010 as well as dual view displays was a technical breakthrough for Range Rover. Modern engines such as the 4.2-liter V8 Supercharged petrol unit introduced in 2005, the TDV8 diesel engine in 2006, then 3 years later the all-new 5.0-liter V8 petrol engines.
The fourth generation was launched in 2012 bringing enhanced efficiency and dynamics to the range. The model offers petrol, diesel and hybrid including 510PS 5.0-liter Supercharged V8 petrol, 258PS 3.0-liter TDV6 and 339PS 4.4-liter SDV8 diesels and 340PS 3.0-liter SDV6-Hybrid.
In celebration of the 45th anniversary the SVautobiography model was launched 550PS the most luxurious and powerful series by Range Rover ever.
So what’s next a convertible? oh………………………………………..