The SUV managed to run the 12.42-mile asphalt course in just 12:35.61 at an average speed of 59.17 mph. The record was independently timed and sanctioned by PPIHC (Pikes Peak International Hill Climb).
For those of you who think this is not an impressive result, we have to remind you the Pikes Peaks features 156 corners and goes way up to an altitude of 14,110 feet where the air contains just 58% of the oxygen it does at sea level.
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Our fascination with cars covered in matte is pretty well documented.
Over the past few months, Orlando-based tuner Ultimate Auto has also caught our attention, thanks to a number of aftermarket programs that, quite frankly, have been all pretty impressive.
When you put one and one together, this is what you come up with.
It’s called the Range Rover Celebrity Auto Edition and it’s been dressed in matte red. Wow, indeed.
We’ve seen some Range Rovers get treated to matte black finishes, but a matte red is actually a first. So yeah, Ultimate Auto did it again.
More than just the matte red goodness, the aftermarket company also gave the Range Rover a slew of aesthetic modifications that when added up gives the British SUV a new dimension in terms of how it can be presented.
You would think that giving an SUV as rigid as the Range Rover a makeover would be a Herculean task. Well, Ultimate Auto has just proved that with the right team doing it, it’s easier than you’d think.
Click past the jump to read about what Ultimate Auto did to the Range Rover
Earlier this year, Kahn Design unveiled a very cool RS250 Evoque tuning kit painted in Fuji White. Now the tuner comes back to this package and offers a new unique color: Orkney Grey, combined of course with a new interior upgrade, as only the specialists at Kahn could do. If you are interested, you can also choose the RS250 in any imaginable color.
As usual, the tuner started by upgrading the exterior aesthetics of the Evoque by offering an aerodynamic package that includes new front and rear bumper covers. The car now sits on new 22-inch RS600 wheels in matte pearl grey - a perfect match with the car’s new exterior color.
Updates continue to the interior where Kahn offers up a stunning trim in Alcantara and Vesuvius Orange detail. Alcantara was used for the dashboard and the transmission tunnel and it was combined with the highest-quality leather and aluminum.
Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Evoque RS250 Orkney Grey by Kahn Design.
Next to the Range Rover Sport, the Evoque is one of the coolest models Land Rover has ever sold. Tuners seem to agree with this thought, as we have seen lots of upgrade kits offered for the model ever since it debuted.
Today, we get a look at another one. This kit comes from Prior Design, which is already famous for the wide-body kits it offers for sports cars around the globe. The package it offers for the five-door Evoque is called PD650 and includes a series of elements that will make the SUV look sportier and more aggressive while also increasing its aerodynamic efficiency.
All the parts included with the kit are made in quality Dura-Flex FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic), which provides sufficient flexibility combined with high stability and low-cost painting.
Customers interested in the PD650 kit need to shell out €6,900 (about $8,900 at the current exchange rates).
Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Evoque PD650by Prior Design.
This is a lesson George Michael had to learn in a very unpleasant way. It looks like the famous musician opened a Range Rover’s door and tried to pull it shut again because it wasn’t shut properly. Before he could close the door, he fell out of the car at 70 mph.
The incident happened on a motorway near St Albans and a woman approaching from behind almost ran him over. Katherine Fox said that when she saw him falling from the car she slamed on her brakes and reversed her Mini, so that no other vehicles would hit him.
According to Fox, George Michael had his clothes ripped and there was blood everywhere. Still, when he was transported to the hospital, his publicist Connie Filipello said that the injuries are just "superficial cuts and bruises." Michael’s partner, Fadi Fawaz, also reported the Michael was doing well at the hospital.
Police officers have opened an investigation and a final decision on what happened will be announced the in the upcoming weeks. We’ll keep an eye on Michael’s condition and report back if anything changes, but he seems like everything is going to be fine.
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Back in March, Kahn Design unveiled a cool Chelsea Wide Track tuning kit based on the Land Rover Defender. This week, the tuner has further expanded the kit with a few more options and come with the Chelsea Wide Track Fuji White/ Matt Pearl Grey.
The updates offered for the new package are similar to the ones offered in the previous version, but this time the SUV is painted in a nice combination of Fuji White and Matt Pearl Grey, while for the interior, the tuner opted to combine red leather with black quilted leather and grey Alcantara with silver stitching.
Along with this cool color combination, Kahn also offers up an aerodynamic exterior kit, a new set of wheels, privacy glass and lots of updates for the interior.
Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Defender Chelsea Wide Track Fuji White by Kahn Design.
Land Rover is celebrating its 65th anniversary with a special event that will also include the launch of a special-edition Defender LXV (65 in Roman numerals). Is not a surprise that Land Rover has chosen to base this special edition on a Defender model, especially when you consider it i the best sold model on the company’s lineup with over two million units sold since its official launch.
The new Defender LXV can be ordered in either Santorini Black or Fuji White. Both colors will get contrasting Corris Grey roof, grille and headlight surrounds, plus a set of 16-inch Sawtooth alloy wheels.
For the interior, Land Rover has opted for a unique orange contrast stitching on the seats, steering wheel and center cubby compartment. There are also "LXV" logos embossed on the front headrests. As an option, customers can also get a union flag decal placed on the rear of the vehicle.
The new Defender LXV will be put on sale in August.
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It looks like Kahn Design will make no exception from its general rule: with every new comes another new tuning kit.
Its latest project is based on the standard Range Rover and it is called Santoniri Black RS 600 Kahn Cosworth. If you were wondering what the "600" in the title stands for, we have to tell that this is one of the few times it doesn’t refer to its horsepower.
The kit is based on the LR-V8 Supercharged version for which the tuner is offering an ECU update plus an arrangement of alterations to the supercharger. The result is a power increase to a total of 545 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque (and this is what the RS600 stands for).
Alongside the engine upgrades, the tuner is also offering an aerodynamic kit that includes vented front and rear wheel arches, a lowered front spoiler, Satin Black bonnet and roof stripe, and an RS front grille with 3D mesh. The car will sit on 22-inch RS wheels.
The interior has also been updated with front and rear bespoke seats, floor mats, quilted center glove box, vented foot pedals in machined aluminum, and tailgate center trim in a 3D Carbon finish.
Click past the jump to read more about the Range Rover Santoniri Black RS 600 Kahn Cosworth by Kahn Design.
The new-generation Range Rover Sport is one of our favorite SUVs launched this year. It has a great look, a great presence on the road and four engines to choose from. It looks like Lumma Design agreed with us, as, just a few weeks after the car made its world debut, the tuner came up with a first kit for it.
The kit is part of Lumma’s CLR RS upgrade lineup that also includes models like the M5 CLR 730 RS. The kit includes a new front spoiler, widened fenders and a new front grille. For the rear, the tuner also installed a huge apron that includes a rear diffuser, a new spoiler lip and a roof spoiler.
The new Range Rover Sport sits on a set of wheels sized 22 or 23 inches and painted in either black or polished anthracite. For the interior, the Lumma offers a combination of wood, leather and carbon fiber.
Click past the jump to learn more details on Lumma’s latest design package.
The new-generation Range Rover has been testing ever since 2011 and when the standard model arrived on the market, we knew the Sport version would be just one step behind. The standard Range Rover arrived last September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, but Land Rover chose to swap continents for the Sport version, and introduce it at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
Just like the standard Range Rover, the Sport model will be all about the reduction of weight. For that, Land Rover has paid extra attention to the materials used to construct the vehicle. The most most important addition is an all-new, first-in-class aluminum architecture that helps save an amazing 420 kg (925 pounds).
The new Range Rover Sport will be put on sale in the third quarter of 2013. Customers will have the possibility to choose between four equipment levels: S, SE, HSE and Autobiography.
Update 04/24/2013: Land Rover has unveiled today a new promo video for the new Range Rover Sport — the most dynamic, agile and responsive Land Rover ever. Enjoy!
Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport.