Vesuvius may remind some people of the Italian volcano that destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in AD 79, but in the automotive world, it reminds us of Project Kahn. A few years ago, the British tuner created a tuning kit for the Range Rover Sport called the Vesuvius which provided a duo-tone exterior paint job, as well as other tweaks to the exterior and interior. This package has led to a special edition 2012 Vesuvius Edition Sport 300 that, according to the tuner, "erupts with elegance." The price for this special edition is £69,875 - or about $115,000 at the current exchange rates.
The special edition Vesuvius is painted in the same metallic black with "Vesuvius" matte orange roof stripe and bonnet stripe as found on the original package. The color combination extends to the black rubber sidesteps with an orange edge, the quad exhaust system finished in black, the front extended lip spoiler in orange/black, a grille insert in orange, and Kahn RS22" black alloys with orange stripe.
The lava and dirt color combination doesn’t end there as the tuner has showered the interior of the Range Rover with a new bespoke black/orange RS leather sports interior with front and rear seats, a steering wheel with Vesuvius orange stitching, and quilted door panels. Project Kahn also refined the vehicle with machined vented foot pedals and Kahn exterior and interior branding.
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is entering the 2012 model year with updates made to both the exterior and interior, but more importantly, more power and reduced emissions. The model comes equipped with a new ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox with rotary gear shift selector and paddle shift and, for the first time, gets a Dual View touch-screen. The Autobiography and Limited Edition get revised interiors and an enhanced design.
"The enhancements to the 2012 Range Rover Sport will ensure this car retains its position as one of the most economical and dynamic high performance SUVs on the market today. With greater levels of diesel engine efficiency, lower fuel emissions and exciting new features, the Range Rover Sport continues to live up to its reputation for power and refinement," said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport.
Project Kahn is doing their part in helping out the many victims of the recent natural disasters in Japan with their new special edition Range Rover Sport "Miyagi." This new special edition gets both exterior and interior modifications and will be auctioned off in order to help the people of Japan.
For the exterior of the Miyagi, Project Kahn has added a brand new bespoke front bumper with fog lamp surrounds in billet steel finish, a rear bumper replacement with exhaust diffuser, side skirts, matte black side vents with double mesh, and rear quad stainless steel exhaust system by Cosworth. It also includes bespoke 22” RS Cosworth wheels.
For the interior, the new Miyagi model receives bespoke quilted leather for the front and rear seats, a new glove box, and a new dash board. This will be combined with a shock of electric blue on the speedometer, rev counter, and clock.
In total, 10,872 people died and more than 387,000 people were forced from their homes by the disaster, including around 74,000 children. Project Kahn is hoping the victims of this disaster will receive the support from all of us, including the lucky owners of the Range Rover Sport Miyagi.
America’s Independence Day is just around the corner - it’s July 4th, in case you didn’t know - and instead of celebrating the day with the typical fireworks and barbecues, Project Kahn is hoping Americans will take kindly to their new "Patriotic" package based off of the 2011 Kahn Range Rover Sport. The British tuner hasn’t done much to the original tuning package, but is offering it with red, white, and blue exterior paint options.
Aside from the patriotic tri-color palette, Project Kahn’s version of the Range Rover Sport comes with a new lower front bumper and a rear low valance. Customizable options include a floating or striped roof - painted in a color, style, and even flag of your choice. For the interior, the tuner is offering a never-ending array of color options, including our good ol’ stars and stripes. Customers can even opt for a diamond studded clock bezel. The package also includes personalized door handles, LED strip lights in the front arches, rubber side steps, calipers, rear spoiler, rev counter, speedo, time clock, stainless steel door entry sills, and a quad exhaust system.
As for the engine, Project Kahn has provided a Cosworth engine upgrade that produces 300 HP with Cosworth branding.
This tuning package isn’t anything to write home about, but if you have the extra cash and want to show off your patriotism in the parking lot as well as poolside, then we guess this is one way to go.
Aznom may not be a first-name tuning company in the eyes of many, but you can’t deny the fact that these guys are making a lot of headlines these days. Fresh off their works on the Audi A1 and the Abarth 500C, the aftermarket company has released their latest project: the Range Rover Spirito Divino.
Based on the 4.4-liter TD V8 engine with 313 horsepower Range Rover Vogue SE, the special edition SUV doesn’t look the part of a tuned up vehicle, but all you need to do is go take a look at the luggage compartment at the back to see where Aznom, together with wine publication Spirito DiVino, worked their magic.
What used to be ample compartment space at the back has been turned into a wine cabinet. Two, in fact. The specially built compartment has two air-conditioned cabinets that are capable of carrying as many as 12 bottles of wine. On top of that, there are two custom trunks inside the Range Rover covered in the leather seats and carrying five bottles of red wine with a matching set of wine glasses. To keep up with the ’wine’ theme of the car, Aznom dressed up the bodywork and the interior with a wine-colored finish, complete with clear-contrast piping on the seats.
To ensure that the cabinets are in tip-top condition, Aznom also gave the Range Rover a recharging system courtesy of either a dedicated solar panel or a cord unit that can be plugged into an external outlet.
All of these elements combined make this the perfect ride for just about any Wino. Let’s just hope that none of these wine aficionados take a drink while sitting in the driver’s seat - or anywhere in the car for that matter.
British tuner, Project Kahn, has done it again. The company has announced the limited edition RS300 Afzal Kahn based on the Land Rover Range Rover SUV. The model comes equipped with Cosworth technology, a 10 piece body kit, and a pretty impressive interior update.
The body kit includes two piece front bumper spoilers, a satin front mesh grille, a front bumper A-frame, door handles, color coded side sills and rear apron, and Cosworth stainless steel door entry sills. The final touch for the exterior has been given by a new set of 20" RS wheels.
For the interior, the limited edition RS300 adds perforated and quilted RS front and rear seats with Cosworth logos, quilted center glove box and instrument binnacle, RS gear shift with contrasting stitching, Cosworth blue dials and time clock, Cosworth numbered conversion plaque, a hand crafted Cosworth enamel boot badge, and Cosworth front and rear lettering.
The Range Rover Sport has been subjected to countless tuning upgrades and aftermarket companies seem to have taken great joy in continuing this plight. The latest tuning company to take a stab at upgrading the luxury British SUV is Unichip, which recently released their latest ECU upgrade for the 3.0-liter TDV6 version of the Range Rover Sport.
As part of their program, Unichip’s new ‘U-connect’ and Uni-Q piggy back ECU remapping allows the Range Rover Sport’s engine to have a substantial turbo boost, resulting in the spike in engine output. After running a series of dyno tests with Range Rover Sport’s newly remapped ECU, it was determined that the SUV saw an increase in overall power, from the standard 260 horsepower all the way up to 281 horsepower at 3,031 RPM and 525 lb/ft of torque at 2,241 RPM. Despite the added power on the SUV, its combined 30 mpg fuel economy rating remains largely unaffected, thanks to the increased low speed torque and the refined ECU remapping.
All told, Unichip’s ECU upgrade for the Range Rover Sport comes at a cost of £423.15, which is about $683.57 based on current exchange rates. It’s a small price to pay for a mighty impressive re-tweaking of the Range Rover Sport’s engine.
British tuning firm Project Kahn is no stranger to working up some awesome aerodynamic and performance upgrades for the Range Rover so it really didn’t come as a shock to us when the British tuning firm released yet another one of its programs for the British luxury SUV.
This time, Project Kahn is calling their new Range Rover program the ‘Diablo’, an SUV that touches on all of our hidden dark sides: cold, calculated, and ready to pounce at any given time.
Project Kahn made sure to give the Range Rover ‘dark’ and mysterious exterior upgrades, including carbon fiber bullet side vents that were given a red finish. The front lower lip was also given the same red carbon fiber treatment as were the rubber side steps, which were also dressed in red. Then there’s the set of 22” RS lightweight wheels with – you guessed it – red lining running the circumference of the wheels. All the red accents on the Range Rover perfectly compliment the gloss black finish, providing the perfect metaphorical two-tone color of the Diablo.
Inside, Project Kahn dressed up the Range Rover with more of its signature luxury digs, giving the cabin a “bespoke touch” with a leather trim that can be personalized according to the customer’s whims and tastes.
Project Kahn has always prided itself on the body kit programs they create for the Range Rover, and the Diablo is no different. These guys are as ‘against the grain’ as any tuning company we know, so we didn’t really expect anything less than unique and different, which the Range Rover Diablo is.
British tuning firm Merdad has been rolling out tuning programs for the Range Rover Sport for quite some time now and it figures that with their popularity getting stronger and stronger, the easy answer would be to continue their roll and translate their latest program for the newest crop of Range Rover Sport models to come out of Land Rover’s production facility.
Not one to be mistaken for anything less than what their reputations are, Merdad gave their new Range Rover Sport program a number of upgrades on both the vehicle’s exterior and interior. Starting on the outside, upgrades made on the program include new front and rear bumper conversions, a new front and two side grilles, including that of the company’s familiar Merdad Lion crest. In addition to these, the program also includes wider wheel arches, new side skirts, a new bonnet with air vents, and a custom-made quad exhaust system.
Meanwhile, the interior has the customary Merdad design touch that features two seats with a middle console on the rear compared to the standard three-seat layout on the rear. Other standard upgrades on the interior include a newly designed steering wheel, new racing pedals, racing dials, and door entrance panels. As is the case with Merdad, the tuning company also allows its customers to put the touches on the interior depending on their tastes and preferences.
Then there are the wheel kits, which Merdad is offering in two variants. One is a set of 22” alloy forged lightweight racing rims designed and built specifically for Merdad. The second variant is a set of 22” alloy forged three-piece five-spoke concave rims made in Japan and also designed and built exclusively for the tuning firm’s collection.
Land Rover is joining the growing number of automakers climbing on the hybrid bandwagon with a new variant for their Range Rover Sport. Called the Range_e, this new hybrid prototype made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week and is the first Land Rover to go this route. The Range Rover Sport attracts the most customers from the widest demographic for Land Rover and thus gave them the best place to start in terms of marketing a hybrid vehicle to the public. Expect more models to debut in the future as gas prices rise and emissions standards are tightened – the only thing we are never going to see go hybrid is the legendary Defender.
Being able to engineer a vehicle with legendary Range Rover off-road capability and improved fuel economy is no small feat. A major issue for large hybrid SUVs is weight; lowering the curb weight of these vehicles often requires taking out vital parts of an off-roaders drive train such as the four-wheel drive components. Land Rover has decided to utilize a diesel-hybrid unit so that a small engine can still produce enough torque to get the heavy vehicle moving and give it enough muscle off-road.
It’s possible that previous ownership by Ford and BMW could have given Land Rover a jump start in the hybrid vehicle market with increased technical know-how, but these products will remain 100% Land Rover. John Edwards, Land Rover global brand director, said: "This system is the first example of a premium plug-in hybrid that also provides the full four-wheel-drive capability that you would expect from a Land Rover. It is an evolution of the production intent diesel-electric hybrid technology which will be launched in our next generation of SUVs and will be available for customers within the next two years."
More details on the Landrover Range_e after the jump.