Range Rover: a winner from London to Sydney, Paris to Dakar
Prior to the Range Rover’s release in 1970 ‘all-terrain’ was the almost exclusive domain of noisy, low-geared, harsh-riding and uncomfortable 4x4s, as characterised by its Land Rover stablemate. However, the Range Rover’s supple four-coil suspension, powerful V8 engine, permanent four-wheel drive, four-wheel disc brakes and plush car-like interior caused a seismic shift in automotive cross-country travel - including motor sport.
Here was a new breed of vehicle, the progenitor of the modern luxury SUV, which could not only tackle the toughest tracks and off-road obstacles with unprecedented levels of occupant comfort. It was also an outstanding long-haul tourer that could cover vast distances with admirable ease regardless of weather and road conditions.