• Dec 30, 2010
The shape may be very similar, but the technology underpinning a modern Range Rover is light years ahead of what you will find propping up an older model. Inside Line was able to line up two examples of the Range Rover; a 1993 model and the 2011 version. The two were then put through their paces at legendary Eastnor Castle, which sits at the border of England and Wales.

Eastnor is the site where many a Land Rover has been put through difficult off-road situations. Today, the castle serves as the headquarters for the Land Rover Driving Experience and is the perfect place to find out how old and new compare with one another.

Sure, coil springs have been replaced by an adjustable platform that literally rides on a cushion of air and the engine has changed from an old Buick to one sourced from Jaguar, but how do the two off-roaders stack up when the going gets really tough? Head over to Inside Line to read all about it.

[Source: Inside Line | Image: Lee Brimble]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Considering the street biased wheels on the current Range Rover, how does it maintain off-road capability? For off road use it should have a small diameter wheel with narrow tires and soft side walls like the old one. I guess its all the electronic magic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great article! They Gould have pinned the air sprung 1995 RRC, 2002 P38 and the 2011 MKIII against each other for the ultimate comparison.

      I love my 1991 great divide RRC, though it jut broke this weekend (I need to fix it) so now I'm stuck with the Defender to drive :)

      If you are waiting for the Defender to come back to the states I'm sorry, It will never happen. Get a RRC or Disco, they are the exact same truck as the NAS Defender but with a different body and interior. Engine, tranny, gears, axles and everything else under the body is the same.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why thank you! Always wanted a Defender since I saw a one in 94. Bought one 5 years ago and it still gives me chills whenever I drive it! Bought the range rover for $750 bucks from a guy because the engine wasn't running and had no brakes. Fixed it up and have been driving it for over 2000 miles before it broke again. No worries though... It was $750! Should be an easy fix.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dan, you have a good source for me to find a G1 RR? I live in Northern VA...

        $750 was a steal, I'd love to find a deal like that!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Awww, your RR broke so you are now FORCED to drive your Defender? That sounds horrible....



        You lucky b@stard! I would love to have a Defender, sounds like you have a nice collection of vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess they are OK if you can ever get them out of the shop from being repaired!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Had a two door (y'know, the one that inspired the RR Sport?) and it was great. Comfortable on road, capable off road. If I ever need an off roader again, an old rangie will be on my list.
      If I could afford a new one, I'd buy an old one and fix it up!
      • 4 Years Ago
      lightyears measure distance not time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        fine... parsecs ahead

        ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am always amazed how many people buy Range Rovers considering their terrible build quality and realibility. For the money I would buy a Porsche Cayenne.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lets get a Range Rover and then a Volkswagen and see which one breaks down more, it'll be a battle for the worst.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah I have no idea why you would EVER EVER buy a land rover, seriously DON'T BUY ONE. But yeah, I'm sure there's more to a car than actually getting anywhere, ever in it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was lucky enough to attend a Land Rover Driving Experience (the one in Vermont)... and it really pushed my love of these vehicles to another level.

      If money were no object, the wife would drive a 2011 Range Rover Supercharged and I would have a Defender 90 (or RHD 110 if I could find it)...

      • 4 Years Ago
      I was lucky enough to be sent to Eastnor during a brief spell working for LR, and I would thoroughly recommend it! As for the cars, yes, they still have their shortcomings on the reliability side, but if you want something better offroad, you will need something very specialised - there's certainly nothing better in the premium segment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 93 is so much cooler IMO
      • 4 Years Ago
      RR is my top choice for a SUV. It's a great overall package, ready for everything.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Range Rover was the first vehicle to blend a luxury sedan and off-roader in one one package.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good read, but I'm still waiting for the Defender 90 to make it back to US shores. I would scarf one up if it came bare bones and a diesel engine in it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        a friend of mine buys and flips homes and the last one he bought came with a '90s Defender in the garage. it's a white "convertible", the very back-to-basics V8 off-roader with only 5,000 miles. He's having a heck of a time registering it though as it's a gray-market car, probably why the homeowner left it in the garage. I LOVE that vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ArtandColour2010:

        I would do regrettable things to own that vehicle...
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