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2018 Range Rover Sport: Dragon Challenge

2018 Range Rover Sport: Dragon Challenge

A New Adventure for Range Rover

For the 2018 Range Rover Sport, the company decided to take on the Dragon Challenge. The 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge encompasses Tianmen Mountain Road in the Hunan Province of China. This road incorporates 99 hairpin turns on 7 miles of mountainside road. Usually, this road is strictly in use by ECO buses. Furthermore, to reach the summit, there is a 999-step staircase. This staircase leads to “Heaven’s Gate”, a natural rock arch in the mountainside. Mythically, this location is thought to be where the mortal world comes into contact with the world of the gods.

Specifications of the Range Rover Sport

2018 Range Rover Sport - Dragon Challenge - Tianmen Mountain Road - Land Rover Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Sport – Dragon Challenge – Tianmen Mountain Road – Land Rover Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge requires quite the vehicle to complete. The 2018 Range Rover Sport SE starts at a price of $68,750. In this deal, a 3.0-liter motor is included that produces 254 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows it to reach 60 mph in only 7.2 seconds. Furthermore, the Sport has a top speed of 130 mph. Finally, to optimize the hill climb, this car features different modes for functionality. These range from Terrain Response levels to Mud and Ruts mode.

Completing the Dragon Challenge

2018 Range Rover Sport - Dragon Challenge - 45-Degree Angle Staircase - Side Perspective - Land Rover Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Sport – Dragon Challenge – 45-Degree Angle Staircase – Side Perspective – Land Rover Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

”The Dragon Challenge is the hardest challenge I’ve ever been involved with because I can’t categorically say that we will succeed.” – Phil Jones, Land Rover Experience Special Projects Expert

To complete the 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge, the company decided to use driver Ho-Pin Tung. He is a Le Mans 24 Hours winner and driver for the Jaguar Formula E Racing team. The first step was to tackle Tianmen Mountain Road’s 7-miles of 99 hairpin turns. In Terrain Response 2 mode, the SUV maneuvers better, allowing to complete it with ease. But, that was not the major challenge. The largest challenge was tackling the 45-degree angle of the 999 step staircase to “Heaven’s Gate”. In Mud and Ruts mode, the Sport was able to accomplish this feat. This made the Range Rover Sport the first car that made it to “Heaven’s Gate” in only 22 minutes and 41 seconds.

Who Will Accomplish the Challenge Next?

Range Rover Sport | Dragon Challenge – Land Rover Deutschland – YouTube

After such a feat by Range Rover, it is only a certain amount of time before contenders step up to the plate. Obviously, this depends if China officials allow it to take place again. The 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge is quite impressive, showing the capabilities of the SUV. With many different modes, the Sport can handle everything from hairpin turns to off-road adventures. Although it is a bit pricey, this car is definitely worth it for those who can afford it. The Maserati Levante was aimed at the Sports level of market, but probably can’t accomplish this type of feat. But, nobody truly knows, so maybe they should try it sometime. In conclusion, the 2018 Range Rover Sport is a beastly SUV showing the power of the Land Rover company.

2018 Range Rover Sport - Dragon Challenge - 45-Degree Angle Staircase - Land Rover Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Sport – Dragon Challenge – 45-Degree Angle Staircase – Land Rover Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar: Land Rover’s Newest Entry into Market

2018 Range Rover Velar: Land Rover’s Newest Entry into Market

The All-New Range Rover Velar

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Front in Motion - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Front in Motion – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

For the 2018 model year, Land Rover is releasing the Range Rover Velar. The 2018 Range Rover Velar is the newest entry into the SUV market by Land Rover. With a base MSRP of $49,000, this vehicle has enough upgrade options to end up with a $103,265 MSRP machine. Basically, for double the base MSRP, you’d receive a fully loaded First Edition model. Otherwise, there are three body style options: First Edition, R-Dynamic, and Velar Base.

The Velar has a Ton of Engine Options

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Front Corner - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Front Corner – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The 2018 Range Rover Velar has multiple options for the engine depending on the body style. For the Velar base model, the vehicle sports a 247 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Simultaneously, the Velar S and SE also contain this same motor option. Furthermore, on top of this, there is a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine with only 180 horsepower for the S  version. Obviously, this version has more torque for the S version. Lastly, the Velar S and SE can also be upgraded to the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 380 horsepower. Moreover, these motors are used within the First Edition and R-Dynamic as well.

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Engine - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Engine – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The Velar R-Dynamic edition arrives in a SE or HSE version. All three motors above appear in the SE and HSE versions of the R-Dynamic. Nonetheless, it simply comes down to how power hungry the customer is as well as how wide their pocket is as well. Lastly, the First Edition version of the Velar only arrives in the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine. Subsequently, this makes the First Edition over $20,000 more in value than the base model. Basically, each body style, engine, and specification pack alter the price which will be shown below.

Pricing Options Galore for the Velar

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Front Corner by Water - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Front Corner by Water – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The 2018 Range Rover Velar arrives in 3 body styles that couple with 3 engine options. On top of this, those options couple with 1-3 specification packages each. Subsequently, this leads to an absolute ton of MSRP values depending on the initial build options. For simplicity, the MSRP values are broken down below by the body style, engine, and specification packages. Generally, this leads to a total of 12 available options for combinations. As can be seen, this creates a MSRP price jump of $40,000 between the base Velar and the First Edition.

  • 2018 Range Rover Velar Base
    • 2.0-Liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Engine
      • S: $49,900
      • SE: $54,700
    • 2.0-Liter Turbocharged Diesel Engine
      • S: $64,200
    • 3.0-Liter Supercharged V6 Engine
      • S: $64,200
      • SE: $67,400
  • 2018 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic Edition
    • 2.0-Liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Engine
      • SE: $60,100
      • HSE: $67,600
    • 2.0-Liter Turbocharged Diesel Engine
      • SE: $61,600
      • HSE: $69,100
    • 3.0-Liter Supercharged V6 Engine
      • SE: $69,600
      • HSE: $77,100
  • 2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition
    • 3.0-Liter Supercharged V6 Engine
      • FE: $89,300
2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Rear - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Rear – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

As shown above, the price can vary from as low as $49,900 up to $89,300. The amount of options provides flexibility to reach different markets. The cheaper versions of the Velar can provide access to these high-end cars for a reasonable price to the middle class. On the other hand, the pricier versions target an upper middle-class market. Consequently, depending on preferences and pocket depth, the Velar can meet the needs of anybody.

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition Specifications

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Side - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Side – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The most expensive version of the 2018 Range Rover Velar is the First Edition. This vehicle starts at a MSRP of $89,300 and can be fully loaded to an estimated $103,265. Henceforth, the First Edition only arrives with the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine. That motor produces 380 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. The top speed is set to only 155 mph, but the Velar FE can hit 60 mph in only 5.3 seconds. Undoubtedly, this vehicle is a gas guzzler with a combined 20 mpg for city and highway usage.

Land Rover is Stepping Up Their Game with the Velar


Overall, Land Rover is stepping up their game with the all-new Velar. The 2018 Range Rover Velar is a vehicle that targets people searching in the $40,000 range while at the same time offering a prestigious vehicle at over $100,000. Particularly, the Velar First Edition is one heck of a vehicle for anyone that can pay the hefty price. Otherwise, if not, the R-Dynamic version or even the base will do. In conclusion, the Range Rover Velar will be a popular car in today’s SUV market.

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Interior - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Interior – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Backseat - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Backseat – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Trunk - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Trunk – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Wheel - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Wheel – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

Note: Every picture in this post of the 2018 Range Rover Velar are manufacturer pictures. Land Rover Range Rover is the rightful owner of all of the above images.

McLaren Intends to Avoid SUV Market, Unlike Competition

McLaren Intends to Avoid SUV Market, Unlike Competition

One Supercar Brand Says “No” to SUVs

In recent years, supercar brands such as Ferrari and Lamborghini have decided to venture into the SUV market. This has been a surprise for many, unlike when Bentley or Rolls-Royce jumped ship. Regardless, even Aston Martin and Lotus are planning SUV models for the market. But, one major supercar company is saying no. McLaren intends to avoid the SUV market, unlike the competition. So, there will be no McLaren SUV arriving in the future. Honestly, avoiding the SUV market is a reasonable option, especially with the pure competition going on between the other companies now.

CEO Mike Flewitt’s Interview with Automotive News

Representation of Interview In Progress - Broadcasting Room - Pixabay - EuroDrift

Representation of Interview In Progress – Broadcasting Room – Pixabay – EuroDrift

Recently, McLaren’s CEO Mike Flewitt spoke with Automotive News about this exact topic. From the conversation, a McLaren SUV seems completely off the table.

”I’m not against SUVs… They are just not what McLaren does.” – Statement by McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt

This statement makes it clear that McLaren does not vision itself as a SUV company. Within reasonable observance, this statement is true. McLaren succeeds largely at creating vehicles in the supercar realm. Hence, staying within that will allow McLaren to spend more resources on what matters, the newest models to its fleet.

”When we decide to do a product there are three simple tests: It has to be right for the brand and right for the customer base, we’ve got to have the technology to do the best car in class, and we’ve got to make money… An SUV starts to reduce the purity of the brand as a supercar driver’s brand. Secondly, we don’t have the technology. Can you imagine from a standing start if we wanted to go out and do a better car than a Range Rover, or a Cayenne – the billions we’d have to invest? Third, therefore, is we wouldn’t make any money. So, it doesn’t tick any box.” – Statement by McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt

Obviously, from these remarks, CEO Mike Flewitt doesn’t see a McLaren SUV as a reasonable investment. Firstly, the car is not right for their brand or clientele. Secondly, McLaren feels it will degrade their supercar basis. Thirdly, McLaren doesn’t have or want the technology needed to build a SUV from scratch. Avoiding billions in investment isn’t a bad thing, as this will allow McLaren to invest otherwise. Regardless, there will be plenty of other supercar or ultra-luxury SUVs to choose from.

But… What About Electric Vehicles?

McLaren 720S - MSO Pacific Theme - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

McLaren 720S – MSO Pacific Theme – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

Unlike never owning a McLaren SUV, it will be possible to own a McLaren EV in the future. Not surprisingly, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt is for EVs. But, McLaren will need a lot of preparation work in the battery creation realm.

”A McLaren EV has got to be usable… It shouldn’t be that we offer a powertrain solution that compromises. It won’t just be lower emissions, it’ll be a better sports car. We’ve set ourselves half an hour full-on track use. You need to be able to do that without recharge, and when you come in and recharge it needs to recharge in 30 minutes.” – Statement by McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt

McLaren aims to bring an EV to market, but first, it must be reliable on the track. Not only will they offer lower emissions but aim to build a better car. The goal is to allow a driver 30 minutes of track intensive driving before having to charge for 30 minutes. So, downtime may be a bit longer than simply filling a tank, but electrical wise, this is a very high expectation. Building a battery like this will take high investment, research and development, and more. It most likely will not happen, but companies such as Tesla seem to have a hold on this, so maybe reaching out for some co-operative work isn’t a bad idea… or maybe it is?

No to McLaren SUV, Yes to McLaren EV

We Build Sports Cars, Not SUVs: McLaren CEO – Bloomberg – YouTube

Overall, the decision to avoid a McLaren SUV is reasonable, without a doubt. On the other hand, entering the EV market is a must. An EV will allow McLaren to retain full supercar status while offering a modern take on technology. By avoiding an SUV, McLaren saves billions in investment funding as well as headaches. First generation SUVs tend to arrive with problems, such as the Cayenne 10 years ago. Regardless of this decision, plenty of SUV options will be readily available by Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and even Lotus. In conclusion, McLaren’s decision to avoid SUVs wasn’t really a surprise anyway.

Below, a picture of the Lamborghini Urus is shown as a representation of the supercar SUVs currently on market.

Lamborghini Urus - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Urus – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Prince Charles’ 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante Sold at Auction

Prince Charles’ 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante Sold at Auction

The Prince of Wales

Prince Charles - Prince of Wales - Attending Church at Sandringham - Christmas Day 2017 - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Prince Charles – Prince of Wales – Attending Church at Sandringham – Christmas Day 2017 – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Prince Charles, also known as the Prince of Wales, is a member of the British royal family. He is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II, making him heir to the throne. Prince Charles started his dukedom as Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay in 1952. Born November 14, 1948, the Prince of Wales is currently only 69 years old. Regardless, he is the oldest and longest serving heir known in British history.

1969 Aston Martin DB6 MkII

1969 Aston Martin DB6 MkII - Front During Royal Wedding of Prince William - Duke of Cambridge - Royal Wedding Photography - EuroDrift

1969 Aston Martin DB6 MkII – Front During Royal Wedding of Prince William – Duke of Cambridge – Royal Wedding Photography – EuroDrift

Not for sale, but worth discussing, is Prince Charles’ 1969 Aston Martin DB6 MkII. The Queen gave Prince Charles the DB6 MkII for his 21st birthday. Not surprisingly, Prince Charles will not depart with his treasured DB6. In 2008, the vehicle was modified to run on biofuel distilled from excess wine produced near Highgrove Estate. The Prince has also installed this technology on an Audi, multiple Jaguars, and a Range Rover. Regardless, this car is stunning, so it is obvious why this vehicle is not for sale. Lastly, this DB6 MkII can be seen above at the royal wedding of the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.

1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante

1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante - Front - Bonhams Auction - EuroDrift

1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante – Front – Bonhams Auction – EuroDrift

In 2012, Prince Charles put his 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante up for auction at the Bonhams auction. On the exterior, this Virage has a hunter green paintjob. Furthermore, under the hood, the vehicle sports a 6.3-lite V8. This engine produces 456 bhp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. From 0 to 60 mph, this car takes only 5.5 seconds. In addition, this car has an electric hood with a glass screen. Finally, at only 34,000 miles in immaculate condition means this is quite the collector car.

A Successful Auction for the Prince

Aston Martin V8 Volante ‘Prince of Wales’ – Nicholas Mee & Co Ltd – YouTube

At auction, Prince Charles’ 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante sold for £119,100 (GDP), or $155,332.96 (USD). This amount is much more than the initial estimation value of £60,000-£70,000. The Virage Volante made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1991 and was lent to the prince until 2007. So, technically, this car was never truly owned by the Prince of Wales. After the Virage was given back, it was shown at Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon, England. Either way, this car isn’t as nice as the 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero at Prince Harry’s wedding.

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan: Calling Out The Bentley Bentayga

In late 2018, Rolls-Royce expects to introduce their first SUV model into the worldwide market, the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV

Rolls-Royce named the Cullinan after an enormous diamond of 3106.8 karats worth an estimated $400 million U.S. dollars. With this vehicle, Rolls-Royce intends to join the recently booming market of luxury SUVs. As with most Rolls-Royce vehicles, the Cullinan will have a hefty price tag of around $420,000, similar to the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The obvious target audience for a car of this stature is the rich and wealthy. In reality, only a few percent of the world population can afford such an extravagant vehicle.

The 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan will be built on a new aluminum spaceframe architecture specifically designed for the vehicle. The Cullinan will sport 4×4 all-wheel drive as well as the typical Rolls-Royce V12 motor. Auto theorists suggest that the Cullinan may use the same engine as the Rolls-Royce Ghost, a 6.6-liter V12 twin-turbo with 563 horsepower and 605 lb.-ft. of torque. On top of this, the Cullinan will be offered in a Plug-In-Hybrid version to enter the electric auto market. In today’s world, providing the hybrid version makes sense as the V12 motor will obviously be a gas guzzler (although preferred).

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Competition

Competition in the luxury SUV market has been very competitive in the last few years. The 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan will compete with a handful of other vehicles including the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, Mercedes-AMG G65, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and Range Rover Supercharged. Out of those vehicles, the biggest competition will be with the Bentley Bentayga. The other SUVs are half the price of the Bentayga and definitely will not be comparable to the Cullinan’s price. Recently, Rolls-Royce punched hard at Bentley with a comment by its CEO.

While revealing the Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII in London, the Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös stated: “We are not using mass-manufactured body shells. That limits what you can do on the design side, and it undermines exclusivity massively. You don’t want a camouflaged Q7 in that segment. You want to have a true Rolls-Royce.”

Rolls-Royce called out Bentley over using the same mass-manufactured frame as the Audi Q7 on the Bentayga. For a better understanding, Volkswagen owns both Audi and Bentley. On top of that, Volkswagen owns Lamborghini and Porsche, two of the Cullinan’s market competition.

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan is a Masterpiece

Overall, the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan will be a masterpiece of an SUV. Probably worth over $400k, this vehicle will be a rare sight for people around the world. If assumptions are correct, the Cullinan should hit the market in late 2018 with its eyes on the prize. Although the Rolls-Royce CEO attacked the Bentley Bentayga, there is sure to be competition between the two competitors. Hopefully, the public will be able to see this beautiful vehicle at the 2018 auto shows around the world.

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