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Land Rover Range Rover Celebrated Its 50 Years Anniversary On June 17

Yesterday, on June 17th 2020, the Range Rover SUV celebrated its 50th anniversary. On the occasion, the company released a special limited edition – the Range Rover Fifty.

Only 1970 vehicles will be on sale – the analogy of the year of 1970, when the Range Rover was introduced.

The Autobiography trim level serves the basis for the Fifty special edition. Both standard and long-wheelbase body styles are available.

This version has many bespoke features – exterior accents, badging, two unique 22-inch wheel designs, paint choices (Auric Atlas, Carpathian Grey, Rosello Red, Aruba, Santorini Black).

For those who prefer another level of exclusivity, Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) offers three more colors – Tuscan Blue, Bahama Gold or Davos White.

In North America, the only engine for the Range Rover Fifty will be a potent 5.0-liter V8 producing 518 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque.

The price will follow. Expect it will exceed that of the Autobiography trim with the standard wheebase – $131,595. 

How It Was

The Land Rover Range Rover is a pioneer in many areas. The model is the first SUV to receive:

  • a diesel engine in the premium SUV class;
  • all-wheel drive with ABS;
  • disc brakes mounted simultaneously on both front and rear wheels;
  • Electronic Traction Control;
  • an automatic air suspension in 1992;
  • double vision onto the central screen;
  • a solid aluminum body in 2012.

Generations

The first-generation Range Rover Classic was unveiled on June 17, 1970. It has been in production for 25 years. The Classic is a  premium model for daily use – practical, comfortable and agile.

The second generation called P38a arrived in 1994. Land Rover built it at 38a, Solihull factory. The manufacturer focused on versatility and luxurious design elements. A lot was borrowed from the previous generation.

The manufacturer improved driving performance: a 4.6-liter engine enabled acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 9.3 seconds. The top speed was 124 mph (200 km/h).

Besides, the new generation had an elongated wheelbase and electronically controlled air suspension offered as standard for all Range Rovers.

In 2001, Land Rover developed the third-generation L322 with a rigid body and a fully independent suspension. It integrated the SUV’s high cross-country capability and the attributes of a premium sedan.

The fourth generation of 2012 is the world’s first off-road SUV with a body of solid aluminum. Since that time, the brand has introduced plug-in hybrid technologies. In 2017, the Range Rover P400 PHEV appeared.

Source: Land Rover

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