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Range Rover


Range Rover

The original luxury off-roader was launched in 1970 to massive acclaim from the world's press. Not only did it have more agility off road than the Land Rover, thanks to long-travel coil springs instead of leaf springs front and rear, it had much better road manners than anything else in its class, plus it looked and felt almost limo-like inside. At first it was only available as a two-door, but the impracticalities of this soon showed, and by 1981 all models had four doors. The underside was brutally strong, using a separate ladder-style chassis which protected all the major components. Telescopic shocks sat up front while the rear had self-levelling Boge units, and disc brakes were used all around. The engine was the all-aluminium Buick V8, for which Rover had bought the rights back in the 1960s, and it offered the perfect combination of lightweight and plenty of torque.

Range Rover Specifications

Top speed:99 mph (158 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):12.9 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:215 ci (3,528 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:130 bhp (97 kW) @ 5,000 rpm
Max torque:205 lb ft (277 Nm) @ 3,000 rpm
Weight:3,864 lb (1,756 kg)
Economy:17 mpg (6 km/I)
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