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Land Rover has done it again! This time with the Range Rover Sport, Land Rover has broken the land speed record for crossing one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. It’s no secret that despite their relative softening over the years, Land Rovers are still synonymous with land exploration. That’s what its cars are meant to do and what better place to explore the limits of the 2014 Range Rover Sport than to attack the desert of the Arabian Peninsula.

The Range Rover Sport completed the journey in record time, setting the fastest average speed of 50.87 mph in the process. The starting point for the record run was Wadi Adda Wasir in Saudi Arabia, and the challenge was to cross the "Empty Quarters" over to the border with the United Arab Emirates. The Land Rover team crossed the vast expanse of the desert in 10 hours and 22 minutes, covering a distance of 527 miles.

Moi Torrallardona, Dakar Rally veteran from Spain, was at the helm of the Range Rover Sport. With years of off-road experience under his belt, Torrallardona was the perfect man for the job.

“Desert driving requires a unique combination of speed, finesse and technical skill. It is crucial that you tackle the dunes with precision. Knowing the right time to go full throttle and the right time to slow down, takes experience and clear judgement,” said Torrallardona.

“This unique way of driving requires a vehicle which has the same skillset - it must be both incredibly fast but also agile, responsive and well planted. The Range Rover Sport is exactly that. It is massively capable and is truly the best tool for conquering the desert,” he added.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Range Rover Sport

Kahn Design again pulls out all the stops with its latest Land Rover Discovery . Equipped with the twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter, V-6 diesel and a whole host of upgrades, this Discovery is truly unique. Another made-to-order example of Kahn perfection.

Outside the seven-passenger SUV, Kahn has added an aggressive aero package that includes a 3D mesh grille, beautiful gun-metal grey 22-inch wheels, vented front and rear air dams, stainless steel entry sill plates, and brake calipers finished in liquid red. LED light strips and privacy glass finish off the look.

As with each Kahn creation, the interior receives a great deal of attention. The plain Land Rover seats are gone. In their place are these exquisitely quilted and perforated leather seats for all seven passengers. The same leather treatment is given to each door’s armrest and atop the dashboard gauge cluster.

Swarovski diamonds encompass the center clock bezel while diamond-quilted leather covers the glove box. Vented aluminum brake and gas pedals ride above the unique floor mats, while a colored rpm gauge keeps close tabs on the 3.0-liter diesels spins per minute.

Even with all the modifications, the Discovery 4 still retains all those legendary Land Rover go-anywhere capabilities. Land Rover’s Terrain Response system includes five different settings for challenging obstacles and harsh climates. The four-corner air suspension provides a sporty ride while hitting the pavement and can be raised for tackling tougher territory.

Overall, the Kahn Design Discovery 4 offers enough style and bespoke luxury to suit those with finer tastes, as each vehicle is custom built for each buyer.

Click past the jump for more pictures and info on the Land Rover Discovery 4

Onyx Concept is coming to the SEMA Auto Show and its bringing its long anticipated program for the Range Rover that will no doubt get its fair share of attention in Las Vegas.

The company’s CEO, Trevor Musgrave, has made no bones about his excitement for the flagship Range Rover Aspen Ultimate Series. Rightfully so, too, considering that the program comes with a comprehensive upgrade that covers the SUV ’s aesthetics and more importantly, its 5.0-liter, V-8 engine.

The exterior upgrades are no less stunning as they are effective. Carbon fiber was predominantly used on the new components, which includes new aero fins, pillars, front air dams, mirrors, and diffusers. Taken all together, it gives the Range Rover a 27 mm (1.06-inch) wider wheelbase .

Those elements come into play when you also take into consideration the engine upgrade Onyx Concept did to the SUV, increasing the output from its 5.0-liter, V-8 engine to an astounding 625 horsepower, 115 horsepower more than the standard 505 ponies the Range Rover has inside its belly.

The program will be showcased at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show together with the Aspen Rogue program, an equally impressive kit that we’re pretty excited to see too.

Click past the jump to read more about the Onyx Concept’s program for the 2013 Range Rover

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At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , Land Rover will unveil a new, special-edition Range Rover Autobiography Black. Only for the U.S. market, this new limited edition comes in a long-wheelbase format only, and is limited to just 100 units, with the first 25 examples coming exclusively in Valloire White pearlescent paint.

The new Range Rover Autobiography Black Edition is all about creating a posh cabin, but the exterior also gets a few changes. These exterior changes include a unique grille and side vents, exclusive taillights, and a chrome accent finish to the tailgate and the front auxiliary vents. The luxury SUV sits on exclusive, seven-spoke, 21-inch wheels with a high-gloss, polished finish.

Land Rover spent most of its time redoing the interior. Inside, Land Rover installed special seats for the front and rear passengers with special cover design. All the seats feature memory and climate control, plus a massage function. The rear passengers also enjoy a 10.2-inch entertainment screens with navigation journey displays.

The new Autobiography Black Edition also features a special, rear center console with electrically deployable tables wrapped in black leather, a chiller compartment and headphone-storage. This super-lux Range Rover also offers lots of leather elements, the choice of ten different colors for the LED lights and a choice of Ebony/Lunar, Espresso/Tan or Dark Cherry/Ivory interior trim.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Land Rover Ranger Rover and to see more of this special edition up close.

Land Rover Defender

It is indeed a sad day as we learn of Land Rover’s plans to end production of the iconic but barely road-worthy Defender .

Automotive News reported that recent sales stats of this lovable truck are in a tailspin during its last years on the market before saying ‘bye bye’ for 2015.

U.S. federal safety, emissions and import duties on small trucks keep the go-anywhere vehicle from roaming our shores with its lack of compliance to such thing as crumple zones and airbags. The one Defender we did get is long gone even in England: the V-8 automatic convertible two-door. Almost all green and very charming, these were the rich-guy Wrangler Jeep of the 1990s.

In the markets where it is sold outside the UK, like continental Europe, 50 years of history is almost a negative feature versus ultramodern crossovers. The Defender’s main problem is that it drives like a ’lorrie’ and is more uncomfortable and thirsty with diesel than one too.

Europeans have simply lost interest in the Defender, with Land Rover selling a mere 561 units in the first eight months of 2013, according to JATO Dynamics.

The historic SUV first saw production in 1983 and was sold within the US in very limited numbers. It was built on both a 90-inch or 110-inch wheelbase and featured a variety of different powerplants - both gasoline and diesel – and body configurations.

The Defender ’s extreme prowess off road and its rarity have earned it a cult following among enthusiasts. Such conditions have kept values for Defenders rather elevated for those in the US – even causing some to enter the country via the black market and away from Uncle Sam’s watchful regulatory eye.

However, there may be a silver lining in losing the Defender . A replacement for the hard-hitting rover is likely in the works and would be built well within the safety standards of governments world-wide and feature amenities buyers no longer consider optional. Power steering, a suspension that absorbs bumps and strong A/C are all features the Defender lacks.

Much of JLR’s cash is tied up trying to resuscitate Jaguar, so the Defender is taking a back seat in the new world of Euro6 and Cafe fuel standards.

"The Defender replacement remains far from ready due to a lack of volume and weak business case," analyst Max Warburton with Bernstein Research wrote in a recent report on Jaguar Land Rover.

Land Rover did show the DC100 concept at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show , but according to Warburton, the project has since been scrubbed.

He says Land Rover is currently mulling over an aluminum-bodied vehicle that would employ the current Range Rover’s underpinnings as a possible Defender replacement.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Land Rover Defender.

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When debating Land Rover models, the Range Rover Evoque is our second favorite after the Range Rover Sport , of course. Apparently we are not the only ones with this particular interest in the British SUVs. Kahn Design also developed quite a passion for the Land Rover models, with most of its designs being based on various Range Rovers.

As we close out another Thursday, Kahn provides us with yet another wonderful Range Rover update, but this time, the design firm opted to customize the Evoque . And this Evoque is all about the color black. Everyone knows that black is the color of elegance, so the new Black Label kit transforms the Evoque into one classy rig.

Khan is typically all about the look and feel and doesn’t spend much time tinkering under the hood, and the Black Label is no exception, leaving the 240-horsepower, in-line four-cylinder engine unchaged.

Click past the jump to read more about the Range Rover Evoque Black Label Edition by Kahn Design.

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For the most part, the 2013 Range Rover Sport doesn’t really need too many updates, since it is already quite the looker and rather powerful straight off of the showroom floor. Also going against it is the fact that the 2014 model is all-new. Despite that, tuners seem to be flocking to this model in recent weeks

The Range Rover Sport received a new upgrade kit from the German tuner, CDC International GmbH. It focused most of its work on updating the exterior and the interior look of the car, but CDC also managed to squeeze a few extra horsepower from the 5.0-liter, V-8 supercharged engine.

To milk the extra power, CDC adjusted the supercharger system via a gear change and an updated control unit. As a result, the Range Rover Sport now delivers a total of 580 horsepower and 695 Nm (512 pound-feet) — up from the standard 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque.

The tuner also installed a new stainless-steel exhaust system equipped with a valve system that helps further improve the incredible sound delivered by the V-8 engine.

Click past the jump to read more about the Range Rover Sport Nighthawk by CDC International.

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AS each week closes out, Mo and the folks at KAhn design roll out another fine example of the designer’s customization skills. This time, Kahn based its upgrade on the Land Rover Defender , and Kahn describes it as "a unique interpretation of an iconic vehicle." We couldn’t agree more.

As per usual with Kahn, the new Chelsea Wide Track package includes only exterior and interior updates, and the Defender is a good canvas for this, since it has never been about speed or power. Kahn took to task updating the look of the rugged Defender , and to enhancing its notorious off-road capabilities.

For this, Kahn added in a new aerodynamic kit with new front and rear wings, hood and side vents with mesh stainless steel, stainless-steel mesh for the front grilles,military-style headlights, and Kahn badges on the wing and tailgate.IT’s subtle, but it manages to give the rugged defender a refined look; kind of like putting an unshaven Clint Eastwood in a Armani suit.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Defender Chelsea Wide Track by Kahn Design.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport R-S

The first rumors about a more powerful Range Rover Sport started to surface at the beginning of 2013 when the British magazine AutoCar reported that confirmation came from a Land Rover insider. Since then, we’ve caught it testing a few times, and today we have images from its latest testing session on Nurbugring.

Compared to the previous times that we’ve caught it, this time the prototype is singing its favorite tune through a new quad-tailpipe exhaust system, and there is also a nice space between these pipes for a diffuser.

On the front bumper, there are massive air intakes and there are some new heat extractors on the hood to help keep that hulking V-8 good and cool. There are no official details on the type of engine that these intakes and vents are keeping cool, but rumors suggest that the new R-S version could get a supercharged V-8 putting down a healthy 550 horsepower.

Expect the new Range Rover Sport R-S to hit a dealers in 2014, shortly after the Range Rover Evoque R-S .

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Range Rover Sport R-S.

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It looks like the British design firm, Kahn Design, is really in love with the new-generation Land Rover Range Rover , as it has announced quite a few new upgrades for it in the past few weeks. The latest one was announced at the end of August , and it featured a sweet satin-matte-black exterior paint.

Today the designer released the first details on a new, RS600 package. It will be unveiled at the end of 2013 and, as usual, it will all about updating the aesthetics of the luxury SUV. Kahn will also reveal a special-edition model called the "Black Label Edition" in early 2014.

The upgrades include a new aerodynamic kit, with new front and rear spoiler and vents, a specially prepared wheel arch kit, and a set of upgraded wheels. For the interior, the designer offers its customers the possibility to express themselves in any way they see fit.

Click past the jump to read more about the Range Rover RS600 by Kahn Design.


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