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					          Range Rover P38 (Model Years 1995-2002) in North America

The Range Rover Classic first went on sale in the United States with the first one sold on March 16th 1987.
Of the 21,225 built Worldwide 1,542 were sold in the U.S. After the successful launch of the Range Rover
in the United States Land Rover started to focus more attention on the replacement model with the code
name “Project Pegasus”.

Land Rover introduces Electronic Traction Control (ETC) or Electronic Traction Control System (ETCS)
and Electric Air Suspension (EAS) or Electronically Controlled Air Suspension (ECAS) with auto leveling
and ride height adjustment is on all top of the line Range Rover LWB models and firmed up plans to
include the air suspension on all new models now known as “Project 38A” or “P38A” since the project
workers were in building “38A” on the Land Rover Solihull site. Range Rover expert James Taylor reports
that the P38A code name was chosen since it would attract less attention than the previous “Project
Pegasus” code name.

BMW announces purchase of Land Rover (and Rover cars) from British Aerospace on January 31 st 1994.
Land Rover completes a new $107 million assembly line for the Range Rover in building 38A on the
Solihull site and begins selling the new 1995 model year “Range Rover P38” in Europe in the last quarter of
the year. It is reported that the total investment in the development and production of the P38A project was
approx. $450 million. In Europe the Range Rover was available with a BMW 2.5L Diesel Engine as well at
the Land Rover 4.0L and 4.6L V8 engines.

1995 Model Year
Base Price $54,625 (Kelley Blue Book) The 1995 Range Rover P38 4.0 SE Model was introduced in the
U.S. in March of 1995 and six months later the (1996 model year) Range Rover 4.6 HSE was introduced.
Weight 4,960 lbs

4.0L (3950cc/241 cubic inches) 190 hp @ 4750 rpm 236 lb-ft torque @ 3000 rpm 90-degree Overhead
Valve (OHV) V8 aluminum alloy heads and aluminum alloy block with dry steel cylinder liners (3.7" bore
x 2.8" stroke) 9.34:1 compression ratio. Five main bearings (bigger than in the 3.9L), hydraulic lifters and
multiport electronic fuel injection. BMW Turbo Diesel engines were installed in the new Range Rover P38
in Europe and other markets, but Land Rover North America (LRNA) did not import any diesel engine
Range Rover P38s to the U.S. 4 speed ZF4HP22-E automatic (the same transmission was used by many
1990‟s BMWs, Mercedes‟, and Volvos) with fluid lockup torque converter and overdrive 4th gear. (1st
2.48:1, 2nd 1.48:1, 3rd 1.00:1, 4th .728:1, R 2.086:1) Like diesel engines Range Rovers with manual
transmissions have never been imported to North America by LRNA. The transmission had a unique H-
gate shifter that incorporated both the transmission and transfer case shifting in to a single lever. 2-speed
Borg-Warner 44-62 transfer case providing permanent four-wheel drive with auto locking viscous center
differential. lock (High 1.216:1 Low 3.271:1) Parking brake was built in to the transfer case. The fuel tank
held 24.6 gallons.

Chassis and Suspension:

Box-section ladder-type frame (with 2.5mm to 4.0mm steel vs. the 2.0mm steel frame used on the Range
Rover Classic). All NAS models have a bolt on Class III towing receiver (vs. the welded on receiver that
was on all NAS Range Rover Classics). Air springs were on all four corners of all Range Rover P38s. The
axels were completely redesigned for the new Range Rover P38. Moving the differential to the opposite
side of the axle forced long time Land Rover owners to remember that the low point of the vehicle had
moved when driving off road. The rear differential had a heavy 4-pin diff carrier (vs. two pin in the
previous RR) to handle the extra strain of the electronic traction control (the front differential got the 4-pin
diff in 1999 when Land Rover added traction control to the front axle). Beam axles with semi floating hubs
located by radius arms and a panhard rod in front, composite radius arms and a panhard rod in the rear, axle
ratio 3.54:1 (the same ratio as the Range Rover Classic, despite totally different differential). The new
Range Rover also has the same 108.1 inch wheelbase as the Classic LWB model (the SWB Classic has a
100 inch wheelbase). Hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers were on all four corners. Power assisted ZF
recirculating ball (15.2:1 ratio) 3.2 turns lock to lock. Four-wheel power disk brakes with four piston
calipers in front and two piston calipers in the rear with pad wear sensors on the front right and rear left
inboard brake pads. All U.S. spec Range Rovers came with five spoke alloy wheels standard and 255/65R
16 tires. Car & Driver reported that the new Range Rover had a .73-g grip limit on the skidpad.


All U.S. models had a one piece molded plastic bumper cover with a front spoiler and integrated driving
lights. All NAS models had a small black lip at the bottom of the spoiler that was not on every model in
other markets. The headlights were halogen with power wash sprayers built in to the headlight windshield
wipers and for the first time in the North American market the lights had replaceable bulbs. All had a
washer and wiper on the rear window that was hidden when not in use. Heated left and right outside power
mirrors with a selectable auto dip reverse feature (The mirrors can dip when reverse is selected). The drag
coefficient of the new model was 0.38 vs. 0.45 for the Range Rover Classic, and .28 for the new Audi A4).
Colors: Alpine White, Ardennes Green, Pearl Metallic, Aspen Silver Metallic, Avalon Pearl Metallic,
Beluga Black ($300 Extra), Biarritz Blue, Pearl Metallic, British Racing Green Metallic, Cornish Cream,
Epsom Green Metallic, Plymouth Blue Pearl Metallic, Roman Bronze Metallic

The only option in 1995 was the Baluga Black paint for $300.

Exterior Accessories offered by the dealers (in the 1995 Range Rover 4.0 SE Vehicle Gear Catalog)
included: Wrap-Around Brush Bar, Center-Grill Brush Bar, Front and Rear Lamp Guards, Running Boards,
Black Plastic Wheel Arch Moldings, Mud Flaps, Roof Carrying System, Trailer Hitch Mounted Sports
Rack Bike Carrier, Trailer Towing Kit, Auxiliary Lights, Car Cover, Engine Block Heater, Tire Pump,
Locking Wheel Nuts and Winter Wiper Blades.


Available Interior Colors:

All had air conditioning; power windows 60/40 split folding rear seats, folding rear parcel shelf/loadspace
cover, cruise control, central locking on all four doors and the fuel door, child locks on the rear doors. Gear
shifter and parking brake handle was rubber. The stereo was made by Phillips. The front seats had three
vertical seams on the seat backs and bottoms and the piping was the same color as the seats.

Interior Accessories offered by the dealers (from the 1995 Range Rover 4.0 SE Vehicle Gear Catalog)
included Floor Mats (carpet and rubber), Waterproof Seat Covers, Load Retention System (cargo nets),
Plastic Loadspace protector, Loadspace anti-slip Mat. Locking Shotgun Box, Dog Guard (the dog guard
with built in shotgun rack was not available for the RR P38), Tool Kit, Locking Security Case, , Sheepskin
Seat Covers. A factory wood kit was available with extra pieces of wood around the window switches, rear
ashtray door HVAC and Radio. A leather covered shifter and parking brake handle was also available as an
optional interior dress up item. The optional leather covered shifter and parking brake handles were a
slightly different design than the leather covered handles that became standard on later model P38s.

1995 Model Year Range Rover Special Editions:
4.0 SE: Only one model of Range Rover P38 was offered in 1995 the first year it was sold in North
America (in Europe the 4.6HSE was available along with the BMW Diesel model in the 1995 Model Year).

The new Range Rover P38 was sold side by side with the 25 year old SWB Range Rover Classic in January
1995 (most of the ‟95 Range Rover LWBs were sold in 1994 and very few were left when the new Range
Rover was introduced), but despite the almost $10,000 extra cost the new Range Rover dramatically outsold
the “Classic” and Land Rover decided to retire the Classic on it‟s 25 th birthday (the last Range Rover
Classic rolled off the line in early 1996). LRNA opened (or converted existing dealers) to the first “Land
Rover Centres” in the U.S. in 1995, by the end of the year 30 were in operation. Land Rover had a record
year in 1995 and sold over 100,000 vehicles worldwide for the first time in a single year. Land Rover
North America (LRNA) also had a record year selling 21,631 vehicles, a 64% increase over 1994 the
previous all time high of 13,178 sales.

1996 Model Year
The 4.0 SE had the same engine as it had in 1995 and the new 4.6 HSE model was introduced with the 4.6L
engine that was available in Europe since the new 1995 Range Rover P38 model was introduced in 1994.
4.6L (4554cc/278 cubic inches) 225 hp @ 4750 rpm 280 lb-ft torque @ 3000 rpm 90-degree Overhead
Valve (OHV) V8 aluminum alloy heads and aluminum alloy block with dry steel cylinder liners (3.7" bore
x 3.2" stroke) 9.3:1 compression ratio. Five main bearings (bigger than in the 3.9L), hydraulic lifters and
multiport electronic fuel injection.
Chassis and Suspension:

All 4.6 HSEs had the same air suspension as the 4.0 SE, but all came with 18-inch “Mondial” five-spoke
wheels and Pirelli Scorpion tires.

Colors, Alpine White, Altai Silver Metal, Avalon Pearl Metallic, Beluga Black, Epsom Green Metallic,
Niagara/Charcoal Metallic, Willow Metallic
Options: Other optional accessories included leather covered center console side panels and leather covered
cubby box lid.

1996 Model Year Range Rover Special Editions:
4.0 SE Panther Edition: All were based on the 4.0 SE and had a leather interior with contrasting piping on
the seats and armrests (and unlike other models with leather and piping) with the words “Panther Edition” is
sewn in the front seats below a crest with the outline of a panther and square panther edition badging on
fenders above the signal lights. Approx. 500 Panther Editions were sold.

4.0 SE Polo Edition: All were based on the 4.0 SE and had special dark brown leather interior with piping
on the seats armrests (and unlike other models with dark brown leather and piping) with the words “Polo
Edition” sewn in the front seats below a crest with the outline of a guy playing Polo. There is also a Polo
Edition badge on the fenders above the signal lights.

4.6 HSE: The 4.6HSE with the 4.6L engine was introduced in the U.S. this year (HSE stands for High
Specification Edition). Base price was $62,000 (Destination Charge was $625 and California Emissions
were $100). The HSE was also the top of the line model in Europe. All North American HSEs came with
18 inch five spoke “Mondial” wheels, HSE emblem on tailgate, chrome exhaust tip and contrasting piping
on the seats and a leather covered shifter (a leather covered handbrake handle was available as an accessory,
but was not standard until the 2000 model year the leather handbrake cover available prior to 2000 was
different from the later covers and had a seam along the top that lined up with the leather brake boot seam).
The HomeLink garage door opening system (located above the drivers front window) was standard
(HomeLink was standard on all Range Rovers for 1997).

1996 Range Rovers in North America had a 3-Year/42,000 mile warrantee.

1997 Model Year


All got the HomeLink garage door opener system and bright yellow airbag warnings on the sun visors.
Road & Track reported “only color and minor trim changes were made for the 1997 model year”.


The rear bumper was redesigned and did not have a notch for the tail pipe to stick out (the exhaust pipe now
pointed down). Colors: AA Yellow (Vitesse Only), Alpine White, Altai Silver Metallic, Arles Blue
Avalon Pearl Metallic, Beluga Black (Extra Cost), British Racing Green Metallic, Charleston Green
Metallic, Epsom Green Metallic Monza Red (Vitesse Only), Oxford Blue, Rioja Red Metallic, White Gold
Willow Metallic.


An integrated hands free phone (that mounted to the right of the radio) with roof mounted antenna was
available this year.
1997 Model Year Range Rover Special Editions:

4.0 SE: In 1997 the base 4.0 SE was unchanged except for the items above.

4.6 HSE: In 1997 the base 4.6 HSE was unchanged except for the items above.

4.6 HSE Panther Edition: The Panther Edition 4.6HSE had “Panther Edition” and a Panther logo sewn in
to the front seats below the outline of a panther and panther edition badging on the front fenders above the
signal lights.

4.6 HSE Vitesse Edition: The Vitesse Edition models cost $3,000 more than the standard HSE were
painted AA Yellow & Monza Red. Vitesse is French for “Speed”. The AA Yellow and Monza Red
editions were the same except for the colors. They had all the standard HSE items and ash black leather
seats with yellow or red piping . The side mirrors and lower part of the front bumper were painted body
color and they has a “blackout grille” (darker plastic than the grills on other models). The inside door
handles were chrome rather than black (chrome interior door handles were on all 2000-2002 Range Rover
HSEs). The Vitesse came standard with the 300-watt 10 amp Harmon Kardon 12-speaker sound system
with “parametric equizalitation” and “active dual-driver subwoofer”. A total of 100 to 150 of each color
were sold made (Land Rover Special Edition Brochure from 1997 said a total of 250 of the red and yellow
“high impact color” Vitesse editions would be produced). Land Rover sold very few yellow Range Rovers
and other than the 1997 Vitesse the only other yellow P38 Range Rovers were a small number of non-
Vitesse AA yellow Range Rovers in 1997, the special TReK competition models and the Borego Edition in

4.6 HSE Kensington Edition: The Kensington Edition (that may have been available on some late 1996
models) cost $3,000 more than the base HSE and had Beluga Black or British Racing Green exterior paint
and Lightstone leather seats w/ ash black piping. They also had a “hand stitched” leather trimmed cubby
box with padded leather lid and center console sides (in both black or Lightstone Leather). The cubby box
lid was different from other 1995-1999 Range Rovers since in addition to the leather covering it didn‟t have
the useless cup holder under the lid. The Kensington edition had a special wood cup holder inside the
cubby box. They also all had leather covered handbrake handles. The Kensington came standard with the
300-watt 10 amp Harmon Kardon 12-speaker sound system with “parametric equizalitation” and “active
dual-driver subwoofer”. The model had additional burled walnut trim. In addition to the wood cup holder
in the cubby box they also had a wood face plate on the radio, wood cover over the HVAC controls, wood
around the power window switched (including the cubby box lid release button) and a wood covered rear
ash tray.

4.6 SSE Edition (by Cameron Concepts): These were supercharged Range Rovers modified in the U.S.
by Cameron Concepts who added Eaton superchargers and modified the hood to clear the supercharger.
They were not typical modified Range Rovers since all were authorized by Land Rover Special Vehicles
and they had a numbered Land Rover Special Vehicles plaque under the hood. Most (if not all) had custom
wheels and many other options such as custom leather trim, extra wood and body color painted plastic. The
custom “SSE” logo on the tailgate was created by peeling off the H and replacing it with the S from another
new tailgate sticker.

TReK Edition: The TReK Range Rovers were built by the Land Rover Special Vehicles Group as special
competition models for the LRNA TReK competition. This was not an official special edition, but many of
the former competition models have been sold to private parties. The TReK Range Rovers were all painted
bright yellow and had 18” “triple sport” three spoke wheels with yellow painted centers. The triple sport
wheel was never used on a Range Rover model sold in the US, but it has always been available as an option
through the Land Rover dealers. The models all had the factory roof rack, lamp guards, winch kit and
extensive under body armor from the Special Vehicles Group. For some reason Land Rover did not install
heavy duty bumper or sill protectors (aka “Rock Sliders”) on the vehicles. Land Rover did paint the grey
plastic bumpers and door sills bright yellow so even slight damage was more obvious.

1998 Model Year


All models had al least one Land Rover 50th anniversary sticker on the back side window, most seemed to
have two stickers (one on each side of the vehicle).

Interior: All models got the upgraded Harmon Kardon stereo system. All seatbelts got a bright yellow
warning sticker.


Colors: Altai Silver Metallic Beluga Black, British Racing Green Metallic, Chawton White, Epsom Green
Metallic, Oxford Blue Pearl Metallic, Rioja Red Metallic, White Gold Pearl Metallic, Willow Metallic,
Woodcote Green Metallic
1998 Model Year Range Rover Special Editions:
4.0 SE: All 4.0L models came standard with 16-inch 5-spoke wheels (with split spokes) this year some
4.0L models had seats with piping.

4.6 HSE: The seats were changed and now had seven vertical seams on the seat bottoms and seven vertical
and two horizontal seams on the seat backs.

50th Anniversary Edition: Land Rover ended up with a lot of unsold Woodcoat Green (many call the light
green color “Puke Green) Range Rover 4.0 models in 1998 so they added 18” Proline wheels and a 50 th
Aniv. sticker on the back (some also had a 50th Aniv. badge) to help move the vehicles off the lots. They
had walnut leather interiors with lightstone piping. Some had green painted mirrors and front spoiler.

1999 Model Year

Base Price $58,625 (Kelley Blue Book) Weight N/A lbs. Warrantee was 4-Year 50,000 miles.

**Early 1999 Range Rover 4.0 models were actually exactly the same as the 1998 models since there were
slowdowns in starting the production of the new models with the Bosch fuel injection system. The 4.6 HSE
model was sold out due to strong demand, and the only “left over” 1998/99 models were 4.0 SE models.
Land Rover rebadged these left over models as “4.0” (without the SE) and “4.0 S” (without the E). If you
looked closely on most of the models you could see where the S or S and E were peeled off.


After the limited run of 1999 4.0 and 4.0S models that had the same 4.0L/Lucas FI engine as the 1998
models Land Rover introduced a new 4.0 SE and 4.6 HSE with Bosch fuel injection engine management
(the same engine management as the BMW 7 Series). The 4.6 got dual exhaust and was 10% faster to
60mph and got 1mpg better mileage. The transmission dipstick was eliminated from all Range Rovers (and
Disco IIs).

Chassis and Suspension:

Traction control now on all four wheels, not just the rear wheels as it has been since 1993. Due to the
addition of traction control the front axle got the stronger 4-pin carrier diff that was only in the rear diff of
1995 to 1998 Range Rovers. The 4.6 HSE got the 18-inch 10 spoke “Hurricane” Wheels standard replacing
the “Mondial” wheels that has been standard on all U.S. Spec. 4.6 HSEs since the model was introduced in
1996. All 4.0L models came standard with a new design 16-inch 5-spoke square shoulder spoke wheels this


A factory in dash navigation system called J.A.M.E.S was available for $2,995 (this may have been
available in small numbers prior to 1999). Side airbags were incorporated in to the front seats (the seats
with airbags have a little tag indicating the airbag) All had an all new stereo with more power and speakers
(300wats and 12 speakers) Auto seat belt tensioners on the front seats Improved interior trim with smoother
switch surfaces and revised upholstery patterns. All the door arm rests were now covered in leather and the
cloth on the upper section of the door panels was replaced with leather (the lower part of the door panels
still had carpet). The sides of the center console and the inside of the door handle assemblies were no
longer black and now matched the color of the door panels with all the actual interior door handles changes
from black to chrome. The plastic covers around the seat mounting points visible from the back seat were
larger this year and the door lock buttons and plastic surrounds changed from black to match the interior
door panel color.

Colors: Altai Silver Chawton White, Java Black, Oxford Blue, Rioja Red, Woodcote Green, Epsom Green,
Niagara Gray

1999 Model Year Range Rover Special Editions:
4.0: The 1999 "4.0 model" was exactly the same as a 1998 "4.0 SE" and if you looked closely you could
see where the "SE" stickers were peeled off. LRNA decided at the last minute to rename the model to
differentiate them from the new 4.0 SE models with the new Bosch FI that were introduced a couple months
in to the 1999 model year.

4.0 S: This model was identical to the 1999 4.0 model but was upgraded with the 18-inch “Mondial”
wheels from the 1996-1998 4.6 HSE. Like the 4.0 model if you looked closely at the new models on the
showroom floor you could see the outline of the "E" sticker that was peeled off.

4.0 SE: This had the Bosch FI They had a new 16-inch wheel this year the 5-spoke wheels with square
shoulder spokes

4.6 HSE: The 4.6 HSE had a base price of $66,625 ($8,100 more than the 4.0SE) 4.6L 222hp Ash Black
Leather was only available on the HSE. All had the new 10 spoke 18” Hurricane wheels.
4.6 HSE Callaway Edition: The top of the line model in 1999 was a limited edition (220 were made and
had stickers on the dash that say Callaway and have the number) 4.6 HSE modified by Callaway in Old
Lyme, Connecticut. They were available in Niagra Gray, Epsom Green, or Rutland Red. They had much of
the black plastic painted body color and special dual exhaust system. The high performance Callaway
engine with 240 bhp at 5,000 rpm and peak torque of 285 lb.-ft at 3,500 rpm improved the 4.6 HSE
acceleration 0-60 mph from 9.7 sec to 8.6 sec. The Callaway 4.6 HSE sold for $75,000.

The "short block" of the engine is the same as other Land Rover 4.6 HSE models. Short-blocks used for the
4.6L Callaway engines were stamped with a 9.60:1 compression ratio marking from Land Rover. The
increase of 0.25 points, up from the standard 4.6L compression ratio of 9.35:1 was achieved by a
modification to the cylinder heads. The cylinder heads were also modified to improve the airflow into and
out of the combustion chambers. The inlet manifold gasket front valley clamp has been changed to
accommodate the heater hose positioning on the bottom front of the Callaway manifold. The ram pipe
housing has been modified by shortening the ram pipe tube lengths. The intake runner lengths were tuned
to increase both power and torque. The black plastic air inlet tube was replaced with a larger diameter
fancy looking carbon fiber inlet tube to match the larger throttle bore in the plenum. The air cleaner box
base was modified to increase the airflow. The Lucas GEMS ECU was calibrated to support the mechanical
changes to the Callaway engine (the Callaway engine had the same basic FI as in 1998 and did not have the
Bosch system that was on other 1999 HSEs).

The Callaway drivetrain was also modified. The automatic transmission used in the Callaway 4.6 HSE
Range has a different torque converter and the transmission control unit (TCU) has been recalibrated to take
advantage of the increased torque and power of the engine. The shift points in both "NORMAL" and
"SPORT" modes have been changed to match the engine's increased power.

The electronic shift transfer case has a new ratio sprocket set and chain. The resulting new ratios provide a
high range ratio of 1.294:1, and a low range ratio of 3.481:1. The ratio change improves acceleration
performance in high range while also providing improved off-road "crawl" performance and coast down
rates in low range.

The front axle shafts used on the Callaway 4.6 HSE have been strengthened to withstand the increased
torque to the front wheels from the engine and transmission changes. A material change in the axles ensures
durability will be maintained for the front axle half shafts.

Callaway decided to use a four-pin front differential to accommodate the increased torque rather than the
two-pin front diff used on standard production Range Rovers. After working with Callaway on the four pin
front diff Land Rover decided to put them in all of the 1999 Range Rovers since the 4 wheel traction control
that added ABS regulated traction control to the front axle in 1999 also put extra stress on the front diff
(Range Rovers from 1993-1998 only had traction control on the rear axle).

The Callaway dual exhaust had reduced backpressure and was similar to the dual exhaust that all NAS
Range Rovers got in the 2000 model year. Changes to the exhaust system were made rearward of the
catalyst "Y" pipe. The exhaust system backpressure was reduced by 43 percent, and the interior sound level
in the passenger cabin was virtually unchanged. The center silencer provides reduced backpressure and is
constructed from stainless steel. A twin tail pipe system was selected to provide a performance look and
sound. The straight exit twin outlets are accented by T-304 stainless steel resonator tips to visually
differentiate the Callaway 4.6 HSE from other Range Rovers. The pipes are welded on to the stock
mufflers and the rear bumper has cut outs for the tailpipes like it had in 1995 and 1996 (the stock single
muffler pointed down and the rear bumper did not have any cut out on the 1997, 1998 and non-Callaway
1999 Range Rovers).

The exterior of the Callaway 4.6 HSE Range Rover is had painted body color components. The exterior
components painted to match the body color are, the Entire Front Bumper cover, the Front Grill, Left and
Right Headlamp trim, Left and Right Door Mirror Casings, Rear Bumper including area with Exhaust Tip

All Callaway Range Rovers came with the "Proline" 18 inch 5-spoke alloy wheels.
Body Colors Available: Niagara Gray , Epsom Green, and Rutland Red
The vehicles are badged with "CALLAWAY" on the upper engine plenum, and on the lower rear tailgate
under the 4.6 HSE logs (some models also have Callaway stickers on the front fenders.
Inside the Callaway RRs some had additional wood surrounding the power window switches and HVAC
controls wood and leather steering wheels and most (but not all) had GPS.

4.6 HSE Autobiography Edition: These were luxury models that were the top of the line model in Europe.
The Autobiography Edition was not sold in the U.S. but they were available in North America through the
Canadian dealer network, so some may be in the U.S.. The Autobiography models had custom color seat
piping and full wood kits on the cash and center console (including wood shift lever and parking brake
handle). The wood piece below the center console storage bin had the Autobiography script logo. This
logo was also on the tailgate next to the 4.6HSE logo. Real Land Rover Autobiography models will have a
numbered Land Rover Special Vehicles plaque with the Autobiography under the hood (similar to the
plaque under the hood of the supercharged 4.6 SSE made in the U.S. by Cameron Concepts)

Land Rover did another Great Divide Expedition 10 years after the first one in 1989 to promote the
introduction of the 2000 Range Rover.
2000 Model Year
All engines got a redesigned catalytic converter system and due to the lower emissions were all considered
“LEVs) or Low Emission Vehicles. The new intake gave quicker throttle response and resulted in an
increase in torque.


The 4.0L models got the leather covered shifter handle that all the 4.6L models have had since 1996 (a very
small number of pre 2000 4.0L models were upgraded with the 4.6L leather handle). The cup holders
inside the cubby box lid was redesigned so they would actually hold a cup while the vehicle was moving.
The instrument graphics were slightly redesigned. The stereo was now made by Alpine. Colors: Ash Black
Leather, Granite Gray Leather, Lightstone Leather, Walnut Leather


Body-color front spoiler and mirrors on the HSEs (exterior mirrors were now auto dimming). Front and
rear turn signals and side marker lamps were smoke-gray plastic on all the HSE models. New headlamps
and fog lamps. Color combinations were expanded in 2000, while in 1999, only certain interior exterior
combinations were produced, customers could now mix and match at will. Colors: Alveston Red (new for
2000) Blenheim Silver Chawton White, Epsom Green, Java Black, Kent Green (new for 2000), Niagara
Oxford Blue, Rioja Red White Gold, Woodcoat Green.

2000 Model Year Range Rover Special Editions:

County: The County name is brought back for the first time since 1995, but this time it is the base Range
Rover, not the top of the line as it was on the Range Rover Classic model. The County Edition still had the
yellow turn signals and did not have the painted mirrors of front spoiler of other 2000 models. "Lightning"-
design 16-inch alloy wheels (that looked just like the 18” “Proline” wheels only smaller). Suggested Retail
Price $58,925 (Kelley Blue Book)
4.0: A special black 4.0 model (300 made) had lightstone leather seats with black piping. All County
models may have had lightstone leather. "Lightning"-design 16-inch alloy wheels. Suggested Retail Price
$59,625 (Kelley Blue Book) It has different colors and in addition to all the County options it has a Brush
Bar, “Kit Package” and Luggage Rack.
4.0SE: "Lightning"-design 16-inch alloy wheels. Suggested Retail Price $59,625 (Kelley Blue Book)

4.6 HSK: Suggested Retail Price $67,652 (Kelley Blue Book) They came with the Navigation system
standard. They had wood around the window switches and HVAC and had yellow turn signals like the
County and also like the County sticker on the tailgate of the HSK and Vitesse sticker was not raised like
the Range Rover and 4.6 stickers. It had a Wood Kit and Phone kit. Some may have been sold new with
the ”Proline” five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels (vs. the Hurricane wheels).

4.6 HSE: Suggested Retail Price $67,925 (Kelley Blue Book)4.6L Engine Brush Bar, “Kit Package” and
Luggage Rack. ”Hurricane” design 18-inch alloy wheels.

4.6 HSE Linley Edition: Price was about $150,000 (over £100,000) The ultimate and most exclusive
Range Rover ever-Range Rover Linley-embodies the spirit and flair of world-renowned designer David
Linley. A total of 10 of the all black vehicles were sold worldwide. Linley models were available through
Land Rover Special Vehicles on a made-to-order basis The model was designed by David Linley and after
each Range Rover Linley was completed on the production it was transferred to Land Rover‟s on-site
Special Vehicles facility for a further 100 hours of hand-finishing from craftsmen. The all-black vehicle is
inspired by Linley‟s „Metropolitan‟ range of furniture that features black wood and ebony finishes. The
piano black coachwork is achieved by hand-spraying with a solid black paint which is hand-polished to a
mirror finish. To complement the coachwork the 18 inch “Hurricane” wheels have a unique „Shadow
Chrome‟ finish. Discreet touches of chrome and the vehicle identity in stainless steel add the final detail to
the exterior of the vehicle. To match the coachwork even the windows are polished with jeweler‟s rouge to
add that extra sparkle. The interior is also all in black. Piano black veneer on the fascia, cubby box, picnic
trays and door cappings contrast with seats trimmed in the highest grade automotive leather. Black leather is
also applied to the headlining, parcel tray and other detailing. Luxurious thick-pile carpet is used for the
floor of the cabin and luggage compartment, floor mats are made of black lambs wool. All have a
navigation system and twin screen TV with video.

4.6 HSE Rhino Edition: Suggested Retail Price was $77,000 (only 125 sold in the US, one for each of the
121 Land Rover Centres + 4 others) Exterior paint was “Bonatti Grey” and all had custom “rhino hide”
leather interior (that is a strange color and texture), black "Poplar Anthracite" (Grey looking burled wood)
wood paneling the shifter and e-brake were leather rhino hide (vs. wood on the steering wheel and shift
knob on the 2002 model) and special chrome Rhino logos on the sides in front of the flashers and on the
tailgate next to a special chrome 4.6 HSE Logo. All had GPS and body color painted bumpers and parallel
spoke wheels. Each also came with a little wooden Rhino that were carved by craftsmen in Africa
commissioned by LRNA for the Rhino owners.

4.6 HSE Vitesse Edition Suggested Retail Price $67,652 (Kelley Blue Book) had Navigation system
standard. All were black with walnut leather; the Phone kit was not available. They had wood around the
power window switches and had yellow turn signals like the county and like the County and HSK the
Vitesse sticker was not as raised as the other stickers on the tailgate.

4.6 HSE First Dartmouth Homelink Edition: This was a special model that had a two tone “Edie Bauer
Edition” style paint job with Oxford Blue on top and Tan/Lightstone on the bottom (the entire bottom half
of the vehicle including bumpers and rub strips were painted tan). The lightstone leather stats had “First
Dartmouth tm Homelink Edition (r)” sewn in to the headrests. I have no idea how many of these were made
and I have only seen two of them

4.6 HSE Holland & Holland Edition: Suggested Retail Price $79,000 All were “Tintern Green
Micatelic” (a bluish green) and had body color bumpers and side skirts with a Holland and Holland badge
on the right side of the tailgate. They also had body color paint on the inside of the spokes on the 18”
Hurricane wheels. The seats were a dark “bridal leather” with walnut piping and woodgrain leather
gunstock gray and walnut wood accents gunmetal blue trim details on fascia rail (the gunmetal blue trim
looked cool, but the blueish plastic that Land Rover put over the standard chrome trip is starting to peel off
many of the four year old vehicles I have seen). They had a leather covered glove box, under steering
wheel area and center console sides (most Range Rovers had plastic in these areas). The words Holland &
Holland were in gold on the wood dash trim in front of the passenger. They had a two tone brown and
black leather steering wheel and two tone door trim with dark leather to match the seats on the doors. All
came with the Land Rover kit to turn the spare tire cover in to a picnic table. A pair of Holland & Holland
duffel bags (MSRP $1,500) also came with each vehicle (but for some strange reason no shotgun case).
Land Rover made 125 were for the U.S. in 2000. They had the Harman-Kardon Premium Audio System
With 7 Speakers Including Powered Subwoofer and 180 Watts Of Power Along with A 6 Disc CD Changer.

4.6 HSE Vogue Special Edition: Land Rover may have sold a special loaded 4.6 HSE with Alveston red
paint and Red carpet, leather/wood steering wheel and leather covered lower dash (like the Holland &
Holland) with the Vogue name in the U.S. (I have seen one)

Great Divide Edition: In late 1999 LRNA sponsored a trip along the Continental Divide for the press to
introduce the 2000 Range Rovers just like they did in 1989 to introduce the 1990 Range Rovers. LRNA
never sold an “official” Great Divide Edition in 2000 like they did in 1990 but some of the special Range
Rovers that made the trip may have been sold and still around with the special Great Divide equipment that
included factory winch kit, roof rack and rear brush guards and ladder. The Great Divide Range Rovers had
a Great Divide sticker on each fender above the lights.

2001 Model Year

Drivetrain: Only the 4.6L engine was available this year and the 4.6 SE model replaced the 4.0 SE. The
4.6 SE model had similar trim levels to the 2000 4.0 SE

Interior: An airbag warning sticker was added to the dash on all models in addition to the airbag warnings
on both sun visors. Colors: (Granite Gray and Walnut on SE) (Ash Black, Granite Gray, Lightstone, and
Walnut on HSE).
Exterior: All models had the smoke grey turn signals this year. All models (except the Holland & Holland
Edition) got bright trim on the side rub strips, but not the front bumper (the super limited edition Linley
Edition and some other models in Europe also had bright trim on the front bumper, but I‟m guessing that
U.S. laws prevented Land Rover from adding the front bumper bright trim to US model). Colors: (Alveston
Red Blenheim Silver, Bonatti Grey Chawton White, Epsom Green Java Black, Kent Green Oslo Blue,
White Gold Metalic on SE) Alveston Red, Blenheim Silver Bonatti Grey, Chawton White, Epsom Green
Java Black, Kent Green Oslo Blue, White Gold Metalic on HSE)

2001 Model Year Range Rover Special Editions:
4.6 SE Edition: Base price was $62,000. Wheels were 16” “Lightning” wheels. It had only one option a
combination of the JAMES navigation system and an upgraded 460 watt stereo for $3,000.

4.6 HSE Edition: Base price was $68,000 Wheels were 18‟ “Hurricane” wheels GPS is standard this year
(it was optional in 2000 and was also optional on the 2001 4.6 SE). It had a more powerful 460-watt Alpine
stereo (vs. the 300-watt Alpine standard in the 4.6 SE). It only had two options, leather and wood steering
wheel for $400 and color keyed piping on seats and carpet for lightstone interior for $750. Leather parking
brake boots and steering wheels matched the color of the seats this year.

30th Anniversary Edition: Cost $72,900 Only 200 made with a reported 30 in Wimbledon Green exterior
paint with body color bumpers (including the lower edge of the front spoiler) and mirrors. A metal 30th
Anniversary badge was on the tailgate below the latch release. Inside they had Wimbledon Green leather
seats with lightstone leather piping, the steering wheel was two-tone leather with both green and lightstone.
The emergency brake handle and shifter were also covered in green leather. All had a lighter maple full
wood trim and green low cut pile carpeting and green floor mats. The door sill plates were special and said
30th Anniversary Edition. They had the same “Hurricane” 18” alloy wheels as other HSEs

Accessory packages available on all models in 2001 were:

Freedom Kit - Wrap around brush bar, roof rails, rear lamp guards.
Adventure Kit - Wrap around brush bar, front lamp guards, auxiliary lamps, running boards, roof rails, rear
lamp guards, bike rack

Safari Kit - Wrap around brush bar with winch, auxiliary lamps, front lamp guards, safari roof rack, rear
lamp guards, rear ladder.

2002 Model Year

Not many changes were made for 2002 (the short last year of the model run) the HSE had the same base
price of $68,000 not including CA Emissions $100 CA Transportation $665. Like 2001 the 4.0L engine
was not available and all were 4.6L

2002 Model Year Range Rover Special Editions:
Rhino Edition: Suggested Retail Price was $73,500 (only 125 sold in the US, one for each of the 121 Land
Rover Centres + 4 others) All have Bonatti Grey paint and special Grainite leather interior with contrasting
light and dark "Rhino" (strange textured) embossed leather seating surfaces, headrests and armrests. Dark
"Rhino" leather is on the gear knob, handbrake grip & handbrake gaiter, center console, door panels, door
arm rests, and glove box. “Poplar Anthracite” (grey looking burled wood) is on upper and lower center
console, fascia and door trim (it was optional on the steering wheel). Door locks and speaker surrounds
have chrome accents. Special chrome Rhino logos on the sides in front of the flashers and on the tailgate
next to a special chrome 4.6 HSE Logo. All had GPS and body color painted bumpers and 18-inch Proline
five spoke wheels (the wheels were first seen on the Callaway Edition Range Rover but became a common
wheel on the Discovery Series II). The 2002 Rhino Edition cost $3,500 less than the 2000 Rhino Edition,
but it didn‟t come with the small wood rhino from LRNA.

Borrego Edition: (100 were made) All had bright yellow “Borrego Yellow” paint with black ash leather
interior and seats. The seats had gathered leather with three horizontal stitches across the seat back and two
horizontal stitches across the seat bottom. There was yellow stitching around the edge of the seats, the shift
lever, parking brake handle, door pulls and mid door leather. The MSRP was $72,665. The Borrego
Edition also had the new for 2002 Flat face five-spoke “Comet” 18-inch rims that were also on the
Discovery II Kensington Edition (different from the Range Rover Kensington Edition). Some of the
Borrego models may have come with “Kryton” Wheels. They had the wood and leather steering wheel
(with yellow stitching in the leather area). Some (but not all of them) were sold with the full length Safety
Devices metal roof rack
Westminster Edition: The price was over $75,000 and 300 were made. All had black paint and black
interior with black lacquer wood trim (it was shiny dark black like a grand piano). The Westminster model
had the five spoke Proline wheels that were common on many Disco SIIs but were on a limited number of
Ranger Rovers (including the 30th Anniversary and Rhino models) outside it had almost everything painted
shiny body color black. It did not have a 4.6 HSE sticker on the tailgate, but it its place it had a
Westminster Edition badge like the badge on the Disco II Westminster Edition model (the Disco II
Westminster did not have the black lacquer wood but had “Birds Eye Maple” that looked a lot like the
“Poplar Anthracite” wood trim on the Range Rover 2002 Rhino Edition). It also had chrome around the
door locks and nicer leather on the seats.

On February 9th 2002 the last production Range Rover P38 rolled off the assembly line and driven from
Lode Lane to the Heritage Museum at Gaydon. It will join the 1st of the 3 rd Generation Range Rover
(L322) in the permanent display. Land Rover announced that the 2003 Range Rover would have an engine
build by BMW and the Discovery II models would all have the 4.6L V8 from the Range Rover P38.

The above information has been secured from sources believed to be reliable, but no representations,
expressed or implied are made by the author. Range Rover sales brochures, workshop manuals, parts
manuals, and other sources have been reviewed. Keep in mind, all Land Rover sales brochures end with a
quotation “Details and specifications are subject to change”
All prices are from Kelley Blue Book except where noted

I would like to thank Kelly Minnick for his original list of changes to the Range Rover Classic in 1985 that
got me started on my Range Rover Classic FAQ and it was John Brabyn that encouraged me to write this
one. I am constantly updating this information; please e-mail me with any corrections or additions at )click
here). I am working on a list of the year by year changes and special editions of the current Range Rover
L322 so feel free to send me any information you have.

Kevin Kelly

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