A peek into the lifestyle of the 1%

Range Rovers were introduced back in 1970.   The last one was re-designed in 2002.  So when a new Range Rover is introduced, it’s a pretty big deal.

And the 2013 Range Rover is a pretty big deal.

It’s hard to tell where to start.   The Range rover is one of the most luxurious SUV’s on the market.   What appear to be acres of fine English leather sitting atop one of the world’s most competent, go-anywhere chassis.

We suspect that most Range Rovers will probably spend their lives comfortably nestled in three-car garages…perhaps with a 7-Series or “S” class and a 911 keeping them company, BUT…..

If you had to choose just one….just one vehicle to take you anywhere in the world…from the Sahara desert to the most remote and wild corner of Alaska…and then swing by and pick up Beyonce and Jay Z for a night on the town…the Range Rover could take it all in stride… with nothing more than a car wash.

Starting with a list price of $83,545 including transportation, the new 2013 Range Rover comes with a 5.0 liter, 375 HP V-8 and an 8-speed automatic.

This combination delivers 0 – 60 times of just 6.5 seconds, and a claimed top-end of 130 mph.   And it’ll do it with composed, quiet competence….holding 4 or 5 people in the absolute lap of luxury.

You’ll have triple-zone climate control, a heated power-tilt and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated power leather front seats with memory, reclining leather rear-seats, heated and folding door mirrors….even puddle lights that say “Range Rover”!

Another $13,650 got us an 825 watt, 19-speaker surround sound system, massaging and cooled front seats, a chilled console cooler-box, soft, perforated leather throughout, wood trim, a huge double sunroof, special metallic paint, 20” alloys, auto-surround cameras, blind-spot detection and back-up radar….bringing the total to $96,195.

The Range Rover sits at the high-stakes table, thank you.

But under all the leather and luxury the Range Rover has permanent 4-wheel-drive with electronic traction control, a two-speed transfer case, and a terrain response system with general, snow, mud, sand and rock-crawl settings.

Uptown, or way out of town…..the Range Rover has it handled.IMGP8899


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