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2014 Range Rover Sport by Startech

2014 Range Rover Sport by Startech

The Range Rover Sport is one of those SUVs that doesn’t really need to a whole lot to grab attention. But if an aftermarket company is willing to give it some added shine, we doubt the SUV will have any complaints about it.

One of the best tuners for Range Rovers happens to be really good at things like this and at the 2013 Essen Motor Show, Startech presented a program that took a pretty long time to build. Then again, with programs of this quality, you can’t short change the time it takes to get it up in full swing.

Designed to further enhance the Range Rover Sport’s already appealing visage, the Startech program comes with a load of new features, the most prominent of which are new body components, including a new front bumper with larger air intakes and hooked up with LED daytime running lights. At the rear, a new diffuser was also installed, as well as a stainless-steel sports exhaust system, adding that throatier response that will be of good use with the performance kit added under the SUV’s hood.

Rounding out the exterior mods is a set of 22-inch alloy wheels and a suspension lowering module that can drop the SUV’s ride height by about 25 mm (0.98 inches).

Meanwhile, the interior’s been spruced up with some fine upholstery material, something the Range Rover Sport deserves. Be it premium leather or Alcantara, the material is nothing but top-of-the-line and complemented nicely by carbon-fiber and exotic-wood trim.

Finally, this program wouldn’t be complete without any performance mods and that’s exactly what Startech did. The tuner equipped the SUV with an SD30 S tuning kit, driving up the output of the Range Rover Sport to 323 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque, which is a nice jump from the stock 258 horsepower and 600 Nm (443 pound-feet) of torque from the stock 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine. This power allows the vehicle to hit 62 mph in 6.9 seconds to go with a top speed of 138 mph.

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2013 Land Rover Defender by Startech

2013 Land Rover Defender by Startech

It’s hard to confuse the Land Rover defender for a modern-day all-road utility vehicle.

The aesthetics pretty much give it away off the bat. But even with the utilitarian façade, the Defender is still capable of getting a luxury treatment. German tuner, Startech, proved that with its latest program for the Defender, which is headed to the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.

The official details have yet to be revealed, but judging by the photos we’re seeing, the Defender definitely looks like its ready to dance at Frankfurt, packed with aesthetic and aero modifications, including a redesigned grille, a new set of LED headlamps and plenty of aluminum accents.

The interior is where the Defender looks to have leveled-up to become a true wonder of luxury. The wooden floors on the rear are a nice touch, as are the premium trims that seem to have been appropriately placed inside the Defender’s cabin.

Plenty of leather and Alcantara were also used inside the Defender, highlighting the contrast in personality the exterior and the interior of this utility vehicle.

More details are set to arrive once the Frankfurt Auto Show opens its doors. But we gotta say, this Startech program really captures our imaginations.

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2013 Land Rover Range Rover by Startech

2013 Land Rover Range Rover by Startech

It’s safe to say that aftermarket companies are coming in droves to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. We’ve already seen some from German tuner Brabus, but now it’s time to turn our attention toward its sister company, Startech.

The German tuner has a number of tuned Land Rover, Jaguar, and Range Rover models to Geneva, one of which is this recently unveiled Range Rover.

While Startech normally leaves the flair to its sister company, Brabus, it certainly put some splashes of it on the Range Rover, particularly on the redesigned front fascia that now includes an integrated spoiler with modified intakes, LED daytime running lights and LED fog lights. The grilles have also been changed to be a little less distinguishable than the cheese grater from the production Range Rover. On top of that, the rear bumper was also modified with a sporty diffuser. Added exterior options include a stainless-steel sport exhaust system, a suspension lowering module, and a new set of 22" alloy wheels.

Inside, Startech went for a more bespoke look with leather and Alcantara treatment on the seats. A choice of exotic wood or carbon fiber trim can are also available while the yachting-inspired load floor adds a sprinkle of class to the cabin’s look. From there, Startech also added illuminated scuff plates and electrically folding rear tables with wood, carbon fiber or leather surfacing.

Moving to the engine, Startech gave the Range Rover its SD 30S package, which pretty much means that the SUV’s 3.0-liter LR-TDV6 diesel engine will see an improved output of 342 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers then translate to a 0-62 mph time of 7.3 seconds with a top speed of 137 mph.

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2012 Range Rover Evoque by Startech

2012 Range Rover Evoque by Startech

If you likes the Range Rover Evoque package unveiled a few days ago by Startech at the Dubai Auto Show, you will like even better the one they have unveiled today in Essen. The tuner went with two different approaches: while the first package was all about white, the second one we find it more appropriate for a sports SUV. And that’s because it combines a black exterior paint with a red roof and wheels. The same color theme has been applied to the interior.

The exterior package includes a new front and rear bumpers, with striking air inlets and the front spoiler and for the rear a new stainless-steel rear muffler. And for an even meaner look and a more dynamic handling the car’s ride has been lowered by about 30 mm. For the interior Startech is offering an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel and aluminum pedals, foot rest and shifter. And as this is also a luxury car the tuner is offering the finest leather and Alcantara in any desired color and with any upholstery design.

Next to these impressive transformations, Startech has also promised that a significant engine upgrade is about to follow. So, stay tuned!

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2011 Range Rover Evoque by Startech

2011 Range Rover Evoque by Startech

The Land Rover Evoque may be one of the most elegant SUVs currently out on the market, but that doesn’t mean that German tuner, Startech, can’t improve on the delectable family mover. Their new program for the delectable Evoque features a few exterior enhancements and high-class interior options, as well as an engine update yet to be revealed. It will be displayed at the 2011 Dubai Motor Show on November 10th-14th.

The new program for the Ranger Rover Evoque can be combined with both the three and five-door Evoque models and starts with an update for the car’s exterior. Startech added new front and rear bumpers, striking air inlets, a new front spoiler, a new rear diffuser, a new rear wing, and new tailpipes for the exhaust system. The car will sit on a new set of three-piece 21" wheels with a new set of sport springs that will lower the SUV’s ride by 1.4 inches. The interior will benefit from the finest leather and Alcantara, wood or carbon-fiber trim sets in any desired color, and a wide variety of surface finishes.

As previously mentioned, Startech has yet to reveal the update provided to the Evoque’s 2.0-liter Si4 turbocharged engine. This engine already delivers 240 HP and a combined fuel economy of 23 mpg with the use of direct fuel injection and twin variable valve timing. It’ll be interesting to see what Startech has done with it.

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2010 Range Rover Sport by Startech

2010 Range Rover Sport by Startech

Fresh off of their tuning package for the venerable Land Rover Defender, celebrated tuning firm Startech has released yet another program for the British SUV brand, this time for the Range Rover Sport. The vehicle was recently revealed at the 2010 Essen Motor Show.

The styling program includes a bevy of new features, turning the Range Rover Sport into a stunning piece of black machinery. Among the exterior features are an aggressive front fascia, a revised rear apron with a new and integrated exhaust ports, a removable section on the rear that allows easy access to the SUV’s trailer hitch. Startech also added LED daytime running lights on the vehicle and outfitted it with a new set of 22” light
allow wheels.

In the interior, Startech also went nuts with the upgrades, putting front and rear inside door panels in all factory leather colors, a new sports steering wheel, stainless-steel scuff plates that have illuminated Startech logos, aluminum pedals, and high-quality floor mats with color-coordinated leather borders. On top of that, the aftermarket tuning firm is also offering a bespoke customization upgrade for those who want their SUVs upgraded to the brim. Included in the bespoke program are items like premium-grade leather upholstery, exclusive and exotic wood trim sets, and rear tray tables, among other things.

Press Release after the jump

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2010 Land Rover Defender 90 Yachting Edition by Startech

2010 Land Rover Defender 90 Yachting Edition by Startech

Startech is going to arrive at the Essen Motorshow with a tuning package for one of the oldest models in the world: the Land Rover Defender. The package is called the Yachting Edition and features a bright white exterior paint job with a premium leather/Alcantara interior dyed navy blue.

While the exterior only gets new running boards with integrated entrance lights and wider tires, the interior gets a complete overhaul. For starters, Startech has found the finest navy blue leather with contrasting seams and applied them to the door and side panels. The same treatment has also been applied to the dashboard, center console, and the Recaro sport seats.

The headliner is made from Alcantara dyed the same color as the leather appointments. The tuner also added an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel, shifter, emergency brake, and reduction gear lever all covered with navy-blue leather and a Yachting Edition plaque on the center console. These additions don’t really add much of a nautical flair until you look down and see the oiled teak stretching the length of the vehicle.

Aside from the aesthetic changes provided to the Defender, the SUV also gets a high-end sound system with an integrated touch screen navigation system.

Press release after the jump.

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Startech Starster Dodge Avenger

Startech Starster Dodge Avenger

STARTECH STARSTER is the name of a new concept car that celebrates its world debut at the Frankfurt International Auto Show IAA 2007, a concept car that manages to bridge the gap between classic old-school and modern designs. STARTECH has developed this concept car based on the new Dodge Avenger.

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2006 Jeep Compass by Startech

2006 Jeep Compass by Startech

The Jeep Compass has arrived and in time for the market introduction of the new compact SUV STARTECH already offers an exclusive customization program.

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2007 Dodge Nitro by Startech

2007 Dodge Nitro by Startech

The new Dodge Nitro stands out in a crowd with its characteristic design. STARTECH presents a complete custom parts and design program that further accentuates the extravagant appearance.

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2006 Startech Dodge Caliber

2006 Startech Dodge Caliber

The Dodge Caliber in all its variations is among the most interesting products on the market. STARTECH offers an exclusive and extensive customization program for all models.

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