The Range Rover Evoque may be classified as a chic SUV, but that certainly doesn’t mean that it can’t be turned into an off-road monster that isn’t afraid to get down and dirty when the situation calls for it.
This is the Evoque Desert Warrior 3, an off-road race car that will be on hand for the yearly festivities of Bonfire Night. One look at the Desert Warrior 3 and you immediately understand why its named as such. The satin black paint finish and the corresponding aerodynamic modifications lend its part to distinguish this beast from the normally posh Evoque.
The Desert Warrior 3 was also fitted with a new set of 16-inch Comp.omotive Atacama Rally Raid wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich Desert Race G series tires, thus enhancing the SUV’s menacing look and improving its rideability when running roughshod on the off-road terrain. Improved handling was also taken care of by eight new Reiger coilovers.
Under the hood of the Desert Warrior 3 is a 3.0-liter diesel engine that carries 275 horsepower and an astounding 630 pound-feet of torque while mated to a six-speed sequential transmission. That power would probably be more had it not been for an FIA restrictor.
The real rub with the Desert Warrior 3 are the special features it carries. Find out what they are by clicking past the jump.
Another day, another cool tuning package from Kahn Design. Based on the Land Rover Range Rover, their latest RS300 Cosworth package features the typical exterior and interior upgrades found on their British luxury lineup, but this time, there’s a little more juice as well.
The RangeRover was painted in a sleek Santorini Black exterior paint finish that was then accentuated by an elegant RS300 styling package that includes a lower bootlid spoiler, RS front grille and mesh, fixed side steps, and Kahn privacy tinted glass. There are also a series of Cosworth specific elements like stainless steel entry sill plates, bonnet and tailgate branding, a numbered carbon engine cover, and an enamel tailgate logo. The last piece of the exterior kit is a new set of 22" Kahn Cosworth RS wheels.
The interior has also been updated with an RS center arm rest in black perforated leather with white stitching, a Cosworth time clock, Cosworth vented foot pedals in machined aluminum ,and a Cosworth speedo and rev counter. This minor interior upgrades are combined with the usual option for expressing the owner’s individuality within their vehicle’s cabin.
Under the hood, the LR-TDV8 4.4-liter engine has received an arrangement of alterations to the supercharger and ECU programming so it now delivers an impressive 350 HP, up from the standard 313 HP.
Back in 1993, the Land Rover Defender was the first “Land Rover” branded vehicle to grace the U.S. soil as a new model since 1974. The Defender was ultimately a victim of government regulations, as the 1998 rule changes that required fitting all passenger vehicles with dual front airbags and side-impact protection enhancements caused Land Rover to pull the model from the U.S.
Well, now we have confirmation that the Land Rover Defender will indeed make its way back to the U.S., per an Automotive News interview with Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover. The model will arrive in 2015 and will be based on the DC100 Concept SUV that we saw at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Since its debut is still three years away, it will probably look nothing like the Defender that currently roams the streets of the UK.
What’s more, this new SUV will be ready and in the U.S. as soon as 2015 and will become the entry-level model for Land Rover, just under the all-new Evoque Pure. Speth also noted that the Defender will be priced below $42,000, but did not provide any hint as to what the price range may be.
There was also no mention of the engine that Land Rover will plop under the new Defender’s hood, but we have a pretty secure guess that the 2.2-liter diesel engine in the current UK Defender will not make the journey across the pond. Diesel-powered vehicles, sans large trucks, rarely ever make a big splash in the U.S. It may even borrow a V-6 from its sister company, Jaguar, or possibly a slightly detuned version of the Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0-liter engine.
We’ll keep an eye out on what’s happening with this upcoming rebirth of the Defender and let you know what other information we can dig up.
When Thibault Devauze was just an intern at Land Rover, he was handed a big job of designing a crossover SUV to rival the likes of the X6 and the Bentley Continental GTC — an eclectic set of rivals, huh? The project had only a few real rules: make it luxurious, make it a coupe, price it above €100K, and give it the biggest, baddest engine that Land Rover had to offer.
With these guidelines and the base chassis of the Range Rover Sport Supercharged, Devauze came up with the LRGT Concept. After six weeks of designing and sketching, Devauze and two modelers came up with the first ever CAD images of his brainchild. Since then, he has used that model to come up with final results of the concept that, according to his claims, are still on the table at Land Rover.
This model is pegged to sit at the top of Land Rover’s Range Rover lineup. It boasts Lad-Rover’s famed front end with a slight twist, as it rakes rearward more than most current Land Rover SUVs, sans the Evoque. As you stretch over its shallow-raked, hood you come to a roofline that dives into the back end of the crossover. Around the back end you get a pair of circular taillights that cap off a sleek rump and pair of oblong tail pipes are integrated in with the rear bumper.
From the side profile, you find an awesome reverse-wedge design that just seems to fit perfectly with the sharp upper beltline and the massive pair of doors designed to replace the typical 4-door SUV setup.
The driving force under the hood of this massive 4,850 mm (190 –inch) long x 1,995 mm (78-inch) wide x 1,510 mm (59-inch) wide 2,095 kg (4,618-pound) crossover is Land Rover’s supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 540 PS (532 horsepower) and 725 Nm (534 pound-feet) of torque.
From the looks of it, this appears to be the big brother of the Evoque, but we’ll find out in the coming years if this is a production concept or just another one that will be filed away for future model design.
Another Friday, another cool tuning package offered by the guys over at Kahn Design. Their latest RangeRover package drapes the SUV’s body with Santorini black metallic paint combined with Vesuvius orange accents, including but not limited to the roof and a thick stripe on the hood. It also throws in an aerodynamic package and new interior modifications.
The aerodynamic package includes a lower front bumper lip extension, an RS front grille with 3D mesh, a grille insert in Vesuvius orange, exhaust side vents in matte pearl grey and body color, and Kahn enamel wing shields. Additional features include brake calipers finished in Vesuvius orange, RS vented front wheel arches with integrated front air dams, front wheel arch LED light strips, and door handles in matte grey. Then there’s the aforementioned painted floating roof and bonnet stripe.
For the interior, the tuner added RS Vesuvius style diamond quilted and perforated black leather with a Vesuvius orange trim. The package also includes vented food pedals in machined aluminum and a Kahn Vesuvius speedometer, as well as a new clock bezel surround finished with Swarovski diamonds, door panel tops in quilted and perforated leather with orange stitching, and plenty of carbon fiber.
The package is offered with a 3.0 SDV6 engine that delivers a total of 256 HP at 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 442 lbs-ft at 2,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a new ZF 8HP70, eight-speed automatic gearbox and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.4 seconds.
Land Rover USA has just added a new entry-level model to its Evoque line-up. The new Evoque Pure and Pure Plus versions will be priced at $41,995 for the five-door Pure version and at $44,995 for the Pure Plus coupe version.
The most obvious change on the new Pure model is its aluminum alloy roof which replaces the panoramic laminated glass roof standard on other Range Rover Evoque models. For the interior, the upgraded model gets a new upholstery combination of genuine leather and Dinamica synthetic suede. Everything else remains pretty much unchanged.
Like the entire 2013 Evoque line-up, the Pure versions will also get the new optional Range Rover Park Assist that helps make parallel parking easier. When the driver selects Park Assist, this system will analyze the position and size of the space. If it is deemed suitable (it only needs to be 1.2 times the length of the Range Rover Evoque), the wording "Space Found" will appear on the display screen. At this point, all the driver has to do is to follow the on-screen commands and manage the transmission selection, the accelerator, and brake pedal, while the Park Assist handles all steering actions. Pretty easy, huh?
The Land Rover Discovery 4 entered the 2012 model year with significant engine improvements, as well as a new exterior and interior look. Along with those changes, the British company has announced the addition of a very cool Black Design Pack which creates a striking new modern look for the Discovery 4 and complements the metallic paint finishes of the car.
Since it’s called the Black Design package, we expected a few added black elements and Land Rover delivered with a gloss black grille and fender vents, gloss black door handles and mirror caps, gloss black Land Rover and Discovery 4 badges, and satin black extended roof rails. Customers can also choose between a new set of 19" 7-Split Spoke or 20" 5-Spoke all-black painted wheels.
Under the hood, customers will get the usual 3.0 liter LR-SDV6 engine that delivers a total of 256 HP, a 3.0-liter LR-TDV6 diesel with 211 HP, or a 5.0-liter LR-V8 with 375 HP. All of these engines will be combined with either a ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission or a ZF 6HP28 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Range Rover Evoque has been stealing the show for the past year or so, but come 2013, the new Landrover Range Rover will be back in the saddle showing off its svelte aluminum body while still maintaining its offroad capabilities.
As promised, the new generation Range Rover is lighter, stronger, and more refined. Land Rover mostly focused on reducing the SUV’s total weight, and thanks to a revolutionary all-aluminum monocoque body structure combined with weight savings throughout the chassis and driveline, the new Range Rover is now 350 kilos (771 lbs) lighter than the outgoing model.
The new Range Rover will be offered with a choice of two diesel engines, plus a V8 supercharged with 510 HP. However, a diesel hybrid will join the line-up later in 2013.
The fourth generation Land Rover Range Rover will go on sale at the end of 2012. On the British market, prices will start from £71,295, or about $114,000 at the current exchange rates.
UPDATE 10/02/2012: Land Rover USA has announced prices for the new Range Rover unveiled in Paris. On the US market, the standard LR4 will be priced at $49,950 and the LR4 HSE at $54,175. Price includes $850 destination and delivery.
More on the 2013 Landrover Range Rover after the jump.
Famed UK tuner Kahn Design has a new program for the Range Rover and for this one, they’re getting some assistance from a reliable friend: engine tuner Cosworth.
So yeah, there’s more than just cosmetic changes on this new Kahn-tuned bad boy.
Comprising of an exclusive body package that includes a Kahn Copper Metallic finish, Kahn’s magic touch was evident from the get-go. Among the added components are a number of parts finished in the RangeRover’s body color, including the rear diffuser, the RS front grille surround insert, door handles, and door mirrors. From there, Kahn installed an RS extended large upper roof wing, an RS front grille with a 3D mesh, an RS quad oval exhaust system, RS vented front and rear wheel arches with integrated front air dams, and RS vented rear, brake calipers finished in copper. Finishing off the exterior modifications are LED daytime running lights on the front wheel arches, a privacy tinted glass, Kahn enamel wing shields, and a new set of 22" satin black RS wheels with orange pin striping.
Moving to the interior, Kahn Design really went full throttle in putting a luxurious touch on the SUV. The diamond quilted center glove box is the first indication that the interior has been poshly dressed up. The center console has been finished in carbon fiber, while the clock bezel surround has been finished in Swarovski Diamonds. From there, the vented foot pedals have been machined in aluminum while the front and rear seats have been quilted and perforated in ivory leather with contrasting stitching. Meanwhile, the floor mats have been finished in black charcoal and the interior facia trim has a 3D Carbon finish. Kahn illuminated door entry sill plates in stainless steel round out the package, as does the Kahn orange rev counter, speedo, time clock, and fascia inserts.
Under the hood, Cosworth picked up the paces with a performance upgrade of the SUV’s 5.0-liter supercharged engine, increasing it from 500 horsepower to 555 horsepower and 600 lb/ft of torque and subsequently, improving its 0-60 mph time to just 4.5 seconds.
Really, if you’ve seen their past programs, having a British SUV on that list feels a little out of place. But to their credit, they were able to build a program that boasts of impressive improvements on the Evoque’s multitude of engine options.
The base model, which carries a 2.2-liter turbo diesel ED4 or TD4 engine, B&B was able to use its Stage 1 performance kit to increase the SUV’s output from the standard 148 horsepower and 280 lb/ft of torque all the way up 177 horsepower and 332 lb/ft of torque. If the Stage 1 program isn’t enough for you, the German tuner also has a Stage 2 kit, which boasts output even further, hitting 197 horsepower and 350 lb/ft of torque.
From there, B&B turned its attention on the 2.2-liter SD4 diesel engine. Just like the base model, this engine trim is treated to two performance programs, Level 1 package that boasts the output from 188 horsepower all the way up to 227 horsepower and 354 lb/ft of torque while the Level 2 package hits all the right notes to 241 horsepower and 369 lb/ft of torque.
Finally, there’s the top-of-the-line 2.2-liter turbocharged engine that already comes with 240 horsepower in production guise. But thanks to B&B and its Stage 1 kit, that output hits 268 horsepower while the Stage 2 kit bumps it up even further to 282 horsepower. And finally, there’s also a Stage 3 kit that gives the Evoque 295 horsepower. This program, in particular, nets the SUV a new 0-62 mph time of just 6.5 seconds with a faster top speed of 143 mph.
Calling it like we see it, B&B Automobiltechnik managed to give Evoque owners not only variety, but impressive aftermarket engine improvements.