Probably the first European premium SUV, the Land Rover Range Rover has a very rich history that travels back in time for 48 years – and almost half a century has been compressed in a two-minutes clip for our enjoyment.
One of the most competent SUVs in off-road still in existence, the Range Rover is no spring flower, it’s the continuous evolution of almost 50 years and four generations. Of course, taking the mantle of the flagship means you set the benchmarks – including in terms of first-to-market technologies. The RR was the first SUV with a permanent four-wheel drive system and also the first in the segment featuring ABS. Land Rover also reminds us the “original luxury SUV” was the first model in the segment to feature electronic traction control, an automatic air suspension, and an all-aluminum construction. From way back in 1969 when the prototype ‘Velar’ (‘velare’ means ‘veil’ or ‘cover’ in Italian) appeared, to the luxo-barge SVAutobiography Dynamic, the animation shows how easily the time passes.
The animation of course is here to highlight the most crucial moments in the model’s evolution, with the latest and greatest being also fastest and most powerful ever. The Dynamic has a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine with 550 horsepower (405 kilowatts) and 502 pound-feet (680 newton-meters) of torque for a 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) acceleration time of 5.4 seconds en route to a maximum velocity of 155 mph (250 kph). Not bad for over two tons, and off-road capabilities. By the way, since its inception, the Range Rover has yielded more than 1,700,000 sales across the planet and is featured in 170 markets today.