Land Rover recently unveiled the new-generation Range Rover, but we haven’t heard anything about the more powerful Range Rover Sport. Well, the model is now back into the picture, as our spy photographers managed to catch it during its cold-weather testing in the Arctic Circle.
To help you differentiate it from the standard Range Rover, Land Rover made the Sport version slightly wider and lower, with a more sloped roofline.
Under the hood, Land Rover will borrow its engine lineup from Jaguar, meaning we will see a choice of both diesel and gasoline engines, with the 510-horsepower supercharged V-8 engine from the Jaguar XK-R at the top of the lineup. Land Rover also announced it will use lots of aluminum in the Range Rover Sport’s construction, making it a lot lighter than the current version.
Expect the new Land Rover Range Rover Sport to be unveiled in September at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
It will be a while before Land Rover unveils the new-generation Defender onto the market, and to be completely honest with you, we hope they won’t change much about it, because the Defender has that certain something special that makes it really cool.
It looks like the guys over Kahn Design understood agree with us and they have unveiled a sweet Military Edition that updates the look of the Defender in such a manner that it does not affect the spirit of this legendary off-road machine.
The aerodynamic kit includes lightweight wide wheel wings with integrated vents, side vents with mesh, bonnet vents with mesh and Kahn prototype wing blades. The tuner also installed vented headlight surrounds, clear taillight lenses, clear front light lenses, crosshair headlights and numerous Kahn badges. On customer’s demand, the tuner can also replace the standard windows with special bulletproof glass that will increase your protection.
For the interior, the tuner decided to add in comfortable bespoke seats, and colors and materials of your choosing.
The last piece of the puzzle is a set of 8-by16-inch wheels finished in matte black.
Land Rover knows that they have a gem in the Range Rover Evoque. With over 100,000 models sold in its first full year of sales, the Evoque’s popularity is only growing by the day.
So what better way to add more spike on that popularity than to release a special-edition Evoque that gives a completely fresh color scheme to the British SUV.
We don’t know about you, but this Sicilian Yellow Edition Evoque looks downright amazing. The ultimate compliment that you can throw at a car is your desire to buy one after just one look. We admit that the moment we saw this special-edition Evoque, that’s what immediately came into our mind.
Then, we remembered that we don’t have the disposable income to buy one so our fascination for it will probably remain within these pages for the time being. But if you’ve got the funds, we don’t see why you can’t look at this Evoque and not wish to have one in your garage soon.
No Friday could pass without seeing a new tuning kit from Kahn Design. The latest one they have announced is the RS300 Cosworth Edition offered in a very cool Bali Blue paint finish and based on the Range Rover SUV.
The new RS 300 Cosworth package will include a 10-piece body kit featuring an extended front lower lip spoiler, exhaust side vents, an RS front grille with 3D mesh, exhaust side vents in matte pearl grey, door handles in matte pearl grey and front wheel arch LED light strips.
Kahn also installed a new quad exhaust system in stainless steel and privacy tinted glass while a new set of wheels, sized 9.5 x 22 up front and 10 x 22 at the rear, rounds out the exterior set-up.
For the interior, the tuner added quilted and perforated leather, a clock bezel – billet with Swarovski diamonds, a Cosworth time clock, a Cosworth speedo in blue, a Cosworth rev counter in yellow and Cosworth vented foot pedals in machined aluminum.
Under the hood, the updates include an arrangement of alterations to the supercharger and ECU programming so the SUV’s engine now delivers a total of 300 HP.
The British tuner, Kahn Design, has unveiled a new aesthetic kit for the Range Rover Evoque. This shouldn’t surprise you, considering Kahn is unveiling a new kit each Friday. The new Evoque RS250 kit is painted the most famous color used by Lamborghini: Green Pearl.
The exterior kit includes the usual updates that Kahn offers up, meaning a new front and rear bumpers, larger air vents, new side skirts, and a lower boot lid. The Evoque’s Green Pearl color is combined with gloss black on the chin spoiler, the rear diffuser, front grille vents, side vents and the racing stripes on the hood. The car sits on a set of 22-inch Kahn RS-XF wheels that are complemented by brake calipers finished in black.
The interior will offer up the same black-green combination. The front and rear seats will be offered in black leather and Alcantara with center in Green Pearl. The dashboard also features Alcantara with Green Pearl contrast stitching and the same combination continues on the center glove box, transmission tunnel, speedo and rev counter and dashboard. However, as usual, Kahn Design will offer its customers the possibility to express their own personality by choosing from a wide range of colors and materials.
Just in time for the holidays, Land Rover has released a special edition version of the Freelander 2, called the Black and White Edition. Makes for a nice holiday present, right?
Although there aren’t any performance enhancements, the Freelander 2 Black and White Edition differentiates itself to standard models of its kind through a list of aesthetic and aerodynamic enhancements, beginning with two color options that are based on the name it’s been given: Santorini Black or Fuji White.
Other enhancements include a gloss-black front grille, door handles and side vents. The SUV also has privacy glass, heated side-view mirrors, exclusive LED running lights and rides on a set of 17-inch split-spoke alloy wheels. Inside, the Freelander 2 Black and White Edition comes with Ebony black cloth upholstery, power windows, 60-40 folding rear seats, eight-speaker audio system, seven airbags and Bluetooth connectivity.
Whether you opt for the front-wheel-drive or the four-wheel drive variant, both versions come with a 2.2-liter diesel engine, although the former has a 2.2-liter eD4 whereas the latter has a 2.2-liter TD4 diesel. Both versions produce 148 horsepower. The both engines come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but you can opt for a six-speed automatic on the TD4 engine. The front-wheel-drive model squeezes out a respectable 47.1 miles per gallon and emits 158g/km of CO2. The four-wheel-drive model returns 45.6 miles per gallon and 165g/km of CO2.
All in all, Land Rover is building 600 units of the Freelander 2 Black and White Edition and have priced he eD4 model at £22,495 ($29,415) while the TD4 model retails for £23,495 ($30,700). We do not expect to see this model in the U.S., unfortunately.
The new-generation Land Rover Range Rover is already receiving its second tuning kit — the first one came from Lumma Design — courtesy of Hofele Design. Hofele’s package has been dubbed "Royster GT 500" and updates the exterior and the engine of the SUV.
Under the hood is where we are most impressed, as the tuner added a power kit that can be applied to all the engines in the lineup and will increase their respective output by about 20 percent. For the 4.4-liter V-8 engine, for example, the final output number ends up at 410 horses and 531 pound-feet — up from the engine’s standard 339 horsepower and 442 lb-ft.
On the exterior Hofele added an additional front spoiler, new designed door panels with "bubbles," and painted the front grille and the new rear apron diffuser in matte black. There is also a new exhaust system with 4-tube stainless steel tailpipes in the style of "interlaced double oval,” plus a set of "Reverso II" wheels sized 9-by-20 inches and 10-by-22 inches. The tuner also installed an electric lowering module that can lower the car by up to 40 mm (1.5 inches) at speeds up to 50 mph.
For the interior, customers will get "Bi-Colour" leather in "Star-Light" design combined with lots of decorative elements.
According the Hofele, this upgrade is quick and easy to install, and requires no major modifications. It will be launched in February or March of 2013. Stay tuned for pricing!
Friday has come and gone, but we definitely did not forget a weekly tradition. No, we don’t have an office toga party to celebrate the weekend. We are talking about Kahn Design and its tradition of releasing a new body kit each Friday.
Today the tuner unveiled the Range Rover Sport Mille Miglia Edition — a tribute to the famous Mille Miglia open-road endurance race which took place in Italy from 1927 to 1957. This special edition is based on a 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 3.0 SDV6 HSE and adds a sharp styling package that makes the Rover look better than ever.
The styling package includes an extended front lower lip spoiler, a new front grille with 3d mesh, carbon tailgate trim and privacy tinted glass. The SUV will be offered with a set of 22-inch RS 600 wheels combined with RS vented front and rear wheel arches with integrated front air dams and brake calipers in red.
On the inside, the package adds lots of leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and, most importantly, a clock bezel surround finished with Swarovski diamonds. As usual Kahn Design is offering its customers the possibility to express their own personality when comes about stylizing this special Range Rover.
Land Rover recently released the new Range Rover and Lumma Design has already developed a CLR R body kit for it. The first body kits will be available in April 2013.
The body kit includes a new front spoiler with a large vent in the center and an integrated cup spoiler sword. Lumma Design then made the SUV 50 mm (1.96 inches) wider on each side by adding wider wheel arches on the front and rear axles and extending side skirt panels.
The front grille has also been remodeled and the hood is now made from carbon fiber. The last pieces of the aerodynamic package include a new carbon-fiber rear bumper and diffuser, full-carbon tailpipe deflectors, and an extended roof spoiler with additional brake lights. The car sits on a set of 22-inch wheels wrapped in 315/30R22 tires.
This Lumma Design kit also includes an upgrade to the Range Rover’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine in the form of a new stainless-steel exhaust system, which bumps the horsepower from 510 to 540. The exhaust system boasts a throttle control system to adjust the amount sound escapes the muffler. Lumma is still working on this package and promises a 560-horsepower kit is on its way. Also in the works are packages to cover the diesel engines.
To add a sportier look and feel, the tuner installed a special sport suspension module that lowers the car’s ride by 40 mm (1.57 inches).
It looks like Land Rover has big plans for the next eight years. Apparently, the company plans to unveil no less than 16 new models and we have the entire list of those models to share. This list comes courtesy of Autocar, who has featured the upcoming models divided into three categories: luxury (Range Rover), leisure (Discovery/Freelander), and utility (Defender).
The first category includes most of the new models like the new Range Rover model and its Sport variant, the Evoque XL and an Evoque Cabrio version, and a new baby Evoque. For the second category, Land Rover plans to offer a new Discovery plus a Luxury version, a Freelander “Super” Seven-Seater and a “Super” Five-Seater, plus a new baby Freelander featuring the same size as the Evoque.
These vehicles all sound rather promising, but we’ll just have to wait and see if they all really debut as planned.