Land Rover Range Rover
Range Rover Mk1 Series III
1 Jan 1990
A 3.9-litre version of the 3.5-litre V8 saw power and torque jump by about 20 per cent to 134kW and 304Nm respectively.
Anti-lock brakes (ABS) became available on Vogue models, there were stronger and more efficient gearboxes, better braking performance on all models, improved ventilation and refinement levels, more comfortable seats, a bigger fuel tank and new instrumentation graphics.
All models – Standard, Vogue and Vogue SE – featured power steering, air-conditioning, power windows, central locking, a driver’s seat height adjuster, rear wiper and heated windscreen washers.
The slow-selling turbodiesel model was discontinued in December ’90. The limited edition CSK (from July ’91 35 in total named after RR creator Charles Spen King) featured firmer suspension tuning for improved on-road manners.
It also heralded the range-wide availability of anti-roll bars and cruise control.
For ’92 there was improved audio systems, new colours and the introduction of electronic air-suspension and traction control on the new Vogue Plus and SE models. The base model RR was deleted.
In July ’93, the range-topping LSE introduced the long-wheelbase (2743mm, or 106-inches, mostly to rear seat passenger legroom) body style, air-suspension, traction control, leather upholstery, a sunroof, ABS and cruise control.
To help maintain sales in the face of newer Japanese and American rivals, LR released the limited-run RR Sherwood (from 1992 50 in total fitted with a CD player, cruise control and leather upholstery), RR Vogue SSE (from June ’94 50 built included anti-lock brakes, cruise control, leather trim, sunroof and trip computer) and Classic (from 1994 100 in total specification level same as SSE).
Even though the all-new Mk2 RR of mid-95 replaced it immediately in Australia, the final Mk1 model ran concurrently with the newer model until late ’96 in the UK.
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