Bigger, stronger, more capable and faster than previous Land Rovers, the Range Rover's landmark design almost single-handedly created the booming market in four-wheel drive off-roaders, and was greeted with universal acclaim on its arrival in 1970, remaining the class leader ever since. A simple and rather angular body style with much more load-carrying steel than previous Land Rovers, many skin panels are aluminum alloy pressings.
When initially released the Classic Land Rover, as enthusiasts and dealers alike call it, power came from a de-tuned version of the light alloy 3500cc Rover V8, also used in the Morgan Plus 8. The car was, and still is, one of the more luxurious cars available, although it has always been built with off-road capabilities foremost in mind. The Land Rover Range Rover was only available in 3-door format upon its release in 1970, until a 5-door model was offered in '81. Engine options through out the Classic Range Rover's history include 3.9L petrol, 4.2L V8 petrol, 2.4L turbo-diesel and a 2.5L TDI.
After 25 years in production Land Rover released the Mk2 Range Rover, or P38A as enthusiasts know it. With a new Rover V8 or a BMW 2.5L diesel, revised interior and bodywork and the introduction of some exclusive limited models; the Anniversary Edition, the Range Rover Bordeaux, the Range Rover Westminster, the Holland and Holland edition and the David Linley designed Range Rover Linley. The car continued to sell well and Land Rover began officially exporting the car to the States and building a dealer base there (previously Range Rovers were only available in the U.S as grey imports)
2003 saw the release of the third generation Range Rover, the L322 or 'New Range Rover'. This saw the car move more up market still, especially the range-topping Range Rover Vogue. Land Rover also moved the car in a slightly new direction, with the release of the more road based Range Rover Sport, although even the Sport has excellent off-road capabilities.
The Land Rover Range Rover has stood the test of time and continues to sell extremely well. It is a car that is at the top of its game both in the off-road market and in the luxury tourer market. A truly great British brand