The Auto Channel
The Largest Independent Automotive Research Resource
Official Website of the New Car Buyer

Ultimate Range Rover Forged from Land Rover-Holland & Holland Partnership

16 November 1999

Ultimate Range Rover Forged from Land Rover-Holland & Holland Partnership
        December Production Scheduled For Special-Edition Range Rover

    LANHAM, Md., Nov. 16 -- Land Rover and its equivalent in the
gunmaking/sporting apparel business -- the British firm Holland & Holland --
have collaborated to create one of the most exclusive Range Rovers ever
produced: the 2000 model year Holland & Holland Range Rover. Holland &
Holland, like Land Rover, is a name synonymous with adventure and style. The
company was established in 1835 and is still famous today for its handcrafted
firearms and elegant outdoor apparel. Land Rover and Holland & Holland
customers share an affinity for adventurous, affluent lifestyles.
    Unveiled at a gala ceremony on the eminent Holland & Holland Shooting
Grounds at Northwood, Middlesex, England, the Holland & Holland Range Rover
will be a special-edition model. Initial production plans call for only 400
units to be produced and, of those, a mere 125 to arrive on American shores.
The price, when officially announced, is expected to be in excess of $75,000.
Production will begin in December.
    "Range Rover customers in the U.S. have shown an interest in special-
edition models," said Howard Mosher, president and CEO of Land Rover North
America, Inc. "This partnership is a perfect fit, as Holland & Holland and
Land Rover are legendary brands steeped in traditions of adventure, British
style and exquisite craftsmanship. The detail work on the Holland & Holland
Range Rover is like nothing we've done before and is very much in line with
what makes a Holland & Holland firearm so distinct."
    Each Holland & Holland Range Rover represents more than 30 hours of
handcrafted finishing work at the Land Rover Special Vehicle facility in
Solihull, England. The vehicle's interior is dressed with exquisite dark-brown
Bridle leather seats piped with Walnut leather. The steering wheel, knee
bolsters, glovebox door and grab handles are also trimmed in this fine Bridle
and Walnut leather. French/American high-grade, low-sheen, gunstock-grain
walnut veneer -- similar in appearance to the wood used to make Holland &
Holland firearms -- is placed throughout the cabin, adorning the instrumental
panel fascia, the centre console and all four doors. The walnut veneer on the
doors is decorated with metal inlays that simulate the fine engraving found on
every Holland & Holland firearm.
    Blue/black chrome metal resembling the signature metalwork of a Holland &
Holland firearm is used to trim the cabin. This chrome metal is also used to
create the Holland & Holland nameplate that appears on the vehicle's tailgate.
Chrome sill plates accent the base of each door opening and the vehicle is
painted a striking Tintern Green. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels with Tintern
Green accents complete the vehicle's appearance.
    The Holland & Holland Range Rover comes fully equipped with a Land Rover's
JAMES (Journey Assistance & Mapping Exploration System) navigation system and
a 12-speaker, 300-watt harman/kardon(R) sound system that includes a
separately amplified dual-driver subwoofer, a six-disc CD auto-changer and
steering-wheel-mounted volume, station and track/disc selection controls.
Comfort and convenience features such as an automatic, dual-zone climate
control system with pollen filtration, an electrically heated windshield, 10-
way power-adjustable, heated front seats with memory and a sophisticated
security system with perimetric and volumetric capacity are also standard

    As strong and capable as a Land Rover should be:
    The special-edition Holland & Holland Range Rover features the full
complement of technology and guts that helps every Range Rover navigate the
world's most extreme terrain. And the vehicle still manages to be more
luxurious, comfortable and capable on-road than many high-end touring sedans.
Range Rovers are built with reinforced, boxed-steel ladder-style frames that
ride atop a standard Electronic Air Suspension (EAS) system, which replaces
conventional coil springs. The EAS system employs a computer controlled air
compressor and four heavy-duty air springs -- one mounted at each corner of
the vehicle -- to provide Range Rover with five discrete ride-height profiles
that can be either manually or automatically selected. This system gives the
vehicle a total height adjustment range of up to 5.3 inches. The air springs
are part of a sophisticated suspension system that incorporates forged-steel
radius arms, an anti-roll bar and a Panhard rod to locate the front axle. The
rear axle is located by composite trailing arms and a Panhard rod.
    As with all Range Rovers, the special-edition Holland & Holland model is
equipped with permanent four-wheel drive. The system-comprised of three
differentials, a two-speed transfer gearbox, a center viscous coupling unit
and standard four-wheel Electronic Traction Control (4ETC) -- is in constant
operation and provides exceptional maneuverability on all surfaces. For
stopping, Range Rover's four-channel ABS monitors each wheel individually 250
times per second and, when active, can cycle the brakes up to 10 times per
second. This advanced ABS system is designed to even tell the difference
between on- and off-road surfaces, thus optimizing stopping performance in all
    The Holland & Holland Range Rover is motivated by a 4.6-litre V8 engine
that turns out 222 horsepower at 4,750 rpm and 300 pound-feet of torque at
2,600 rpm. Eighty percent-240 pound-feet-of peak torque is available between
1,400 rpm and 4,500 rpm. Power is sent to all four wheels through an
electronically controlled, ZF four-speed automatic transmission, equipped with
a locking torque converter to provide prompt, smooth gear changes.
    For added versatility, Range Rover's transmission offers two shift
programs for High Range and two more for Low Range settings. In High Range,
Normal and Sport Modes are available. Sport Mode allows the transmission to
downshift sooner and upshift later for more assertive performance. Normal and
Manual Modes can be selected in Low Range. Manual Mode shifts the vehicle to a
selected gear and holds that gear during precise off-road maneuvers. A 3.27:1
low-range reduction gear provides Range Rover with exceptional engine braking
for climbing down steep grades or over large obstacles.
    The Holland & Holland Range Rover, like all new Land Rover vehicles, is
backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, a 6-
year/unlimited-mileage corrosion perforation limited warranty and Land Rover
24-Hour Road Recovery(SM) service. Information pertaining to the location of
Land Rover retailers can be obtained by calling 800-FINE-4WD or logging on to
    Land Rover North America, Inc., established in 1986, imports Range Rover
and Discovery Series II vehicles manufactured in Solihull, England, for sale
in the U.S. and is a wholly owned subsidiary of The BMW Group, Munich,