For all of you Rugby lovers out there, Land Rover Austin has a special treat in store just for you!
JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations team has built a one-off Defender that will take the Webb Ellis Cup, which is the trophy given to the winner of the Rugby World Cup, on an intrepid 100-day tour of England and Ireland.
This oil-burning yet rugged Defender will be able to tackle any obstacle it comes across during its 9,000-mile tour thanks to a winch on the front bumper, aluminum skid plates, a modified air intake, roof-mounted spot lights and 16-inch off-road tires. Other modifications include the addition of side and rear steps and an expedition rack. All told, the off-roader took nearly 6,000 hours to design and build.
Starting with a long-wheelbase Defender 110, Land Rover engineers cut out the sheet metal between the C- and D-pillars and replaced it with a one-of-a-kind trophy case. A purpose-designed tablet application lets the driver lock and unlock the cabinet, control the lighting and ensure the temperature inside remains at precisely 77 degrees Fahrenheit, which eliminates fogging.
This six-speed manual Land Rover has not made any mechanical modifications, meaning the Defender is powered by a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that makes 120 horsepower at 3,500 rpm and 265 lb-ft. of torque at 2,000 rpm.
The Defender will kick off its tour of England and Ireland on June 10th and it will be showcased at around 300 events over the course of the summer. The tour will end on September 18th, but the off-roader will continue to transport the Webb Ellis Cup from game to game during this year’s Rugby World Cup.
Land Rover Austin is here to fill you in on the new, Nürburgring-tuned version of our Range Rover Sport called the SVR, which stands for Special Vehicle Racing. This highly desirable luxury SUV is one of the first products being dished out by Land Rover’s new Special Vehicle Operations arm.
The most powerful vehicle to ever come from Land Rover, the SVR produces a colossal 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque, which is a boost of 40 horsepower and 41 lb-ft compared with the regular Range Rover Sport Supercharged. The SVR’s supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 gets its extra muscle from a recalibrated ECU, more boost from the supercharger, and larger intakes for the intercoolers. The SVR will hit 60 mph in a mere 4.5 seconds and has an impressive top track speed of 162 mph.
The SVR-exclusive Estoril Blue paint is both sporty and elegant, and the new front end treatment is equipped with a unique bumper that increases airflow to the intercoolers and the 15-inch front brake rotors, which are pinched by six-piston calipers. A deeper spoiler reduces lift and is removable to allow the SVR to go off-road. At the tail end, the SVR gets a revised bumper with four exhaust outlets for maximum growl effect.
Inside the cabin you will find four individual, figure-hugging bucket seats that hold you in place no matter the ferocity of the drive. Like the rest of the cabin, they are trimmed in plush leather and offer plenty of comfort.
John Edwards, Managing Director of Land Rover Special Operations, said: “The Range Rover Sport SVR is a natural progression beyond the core vehicle’s outstanding on- and off-road capabilities and leading-edge design. It’s exhilarating performance will satisfy a particularly demanding customer set.”
The all new Range Rover Sport SVR is flying the flag for the new range of high performance JLR products, and if the rest of the herd is as eye popping as this blue beast, then Land Rover and Jaguar enthusiasts alike are in for quite a treat.
All of us here at Land Rover Austin are excited to announce that ALG, the benchmark for forecasting future vehicle values, announced the winners of its 15th annual Residual Value Awards, with Land Rover taking top honors for Premium Brand and Mainstream Brand!
The award was presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show during ALG’s Residual Value Awards. The event recognized vehicles in 26 segments that are forecast to retain the highest percentage of their Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) after a three-year period. This year’s recipients were chosen from 2015 model year vehicles on sale that have shown strong value in their competitive segments.
ALG was proud to award the 2015 Range Rover Sport with “Best Premium Brand” and “Best Midsize Utility Vehicle – 2 Row” for the 2015!
“With models like the Range Rover Sport, we are seeing vehicles on the dealer lot for just 13 days on average – far below the industry’s 65-day average, and Land Rover models are in such high demand that they are selling above MSRP – a remarkable achievement that’s only possible with manufacturer restraint and a tightly controlled supply chain.”
“Residual value is important for automakers and consumers because it’s a complete indicator of the vehicle’s future value, accounting for quality, durability and brand desirability among other factors,” said Larry Dominique, president of ALG and executive vice president of TrueCar.
Forecasts of residual values are also important because they are the basis for many lease programs. Financing companies that write leases use those forecasts to determine how much of a vehicle’s value has to be paid for over the month of a lease.
Land Rover earned its first-ever win among premium manufacturers because of “having consistently delivered a stream of hot, new vehicles for which customer demand far outweighs supply,” the statement by Dominique said.
If you would like to get your hands on this luxurious, highly capable and award winning vehicle, then we invite you to come see us here at Land Rover Austin and we will gladly get you “roving.”