You may not know it but the Range Rover has now been in production for 50 years, which is an amazing feat. The first model rolled off the production line on the 17th of June 1970. In celebration of this milestone, Land Rover have released a special edition Range Rover dubbed the 2020 Range Rover Fifty to which only 37 examples of the 1,970 will find their way down under.
Based on the Range Rover Autobiography, the Fifty will have the same 5.0-litre supercharged V8 with 385kW of power and 625Nm of torque matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. According to Land Rover, the Autobiography sprints to 100km/h in just 5.4 seconds, and uses a claimed 12.8L/100km of fuel.
A choice of four colours will be available locally being ‘Carpathian Grey’, ‘Rosello Red’, ‘Aruba’ and ‘Santorini Black’, while overseas a further three colours will be on offer: ‘Tuscan Blue’, ‘Davos White’ and ‘Bahama Gold’. Crucially for this limited edition, all the colours are from the original 1970 Range Rover colour palette.
Other features that set the 2020 Range Rover Fifty apart from the Autobiography on which it’s based are a selection of two 22-inch wheel designs, exterior trim accents in ‘Auric Atlas’ and a special ‘Fifty’ badge. On the inside, the headrests will have the same script, as well as the dashboard and illuminated kick-plates.
The original Range Rover was a landmark car for the automotive world. It was the original luxury 4×4 that started a huge segment globally. It was originally launched in three-door only form, but had features such as disc brakes, dual-range four-wheel drive and a 3,500kg towing capacity. Cars such as the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLS and Bentley Bentayga all owe it to the Range Rover for their existence.
As previously stated, only 37 of the 1,970 examples of the Fifty will make their way to Australia towards the end of 2020. Pricing has not been revealed, though expect it to be a little higher than the $274,210 (plus on-road costs) of the Range Rover Supercharged Autobiography.