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Range Rover - the dirty limo!

February 25th 2013 13:49
There is an old automotive industry joke: What is the difference between a Range Rover and a Hedgehog?

On the Hedgehog the pricks are on the outside!

Cruel perhaps but when it first appeared in 1970, the Range Rover was marketed as a utility vehicle which provided a comfortable driving experience with exemplary manners both on and off road. Complete with vinyl floors and seats, the Rangie only came with a 3.5 litre V8 to carry the pigs to market.

As always with British Leyland, things moved slowly as a turbo diesel engine or a five door version where over a decade down away.


Range Rover
2013 Range Rover


Things have changed, the once in a decade new generation Rangie has arrived and for all intents and purposes it just happens to be a limo which is capable of crossing a desert, mountain, river or anything you might just lay in its path.

British car magazines are calling it as good as the Rolls Royce Phantom at around third of the price, while here in Australia the price differential is closer to five times different. A new Phantom lists at around $1.2 million while a new 2013 Vogue lists around $230,000. Definitely sounds cheap compared with the Phantom but when a new top of the line Landcruiser Sahara can be bought around $120,000 Autoloud thinks he knows which one makes more sense.

Classic Range Rover
Classic Range Rover



The answer is easy, make mine the original Range Rover in late spec five door with an upgraded 4.6 litre with automatic gearbox and Iíll keep the $200,000.
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