Range Rover Belgium

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1970 Range Rover Belgium
      1970 Range Rover
Press Release of 17th June
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Translated from the Belgian press release:

Embargoed until 17 June 1970


British Leyland Motor Corporation has today proposed a new revolutionary vehicle that comfort and 
smooth control of the famous Rover Saloon cars combines the toughness and the cross-country performance of the Land Rover.

This exceptional car, the Range Rover, is by its technical innovations and exceptional operating capabilities a whole new concept of "all-purpose" vehicles.

Equipped with an aluminum V8 engine of 3.5 liters, the Range Rover reaches a top speed of 153 km / h. The drive on all four wheels, with excellent ground clearance and a specially designed suspension system, afford the Range Rover through very rough areas to drive so fast as 80 km / h. It will also caravans or boats tow up to 1800 kg.

"With this new model, British Leyland brings an attractive and functional car that delivers a new concept in styling and comfort never previously associated with versatile cross-country vehicles," said Richard D. Bergesen, managing director of British Leyland Europe. Sales in Europe will begin in 1971.

The Range Rover was fitted with a new gearbox with 4 gears, all with syncromesh, the power and torque of the 156 bhp engine to the 4 wheels across. She was linked to a tundish thus 8 forward and 
2 reverse supply. A center differential provides constant drive to all four wheels through a pneumatic 
servo and can easily be blocked, for any loss of drive power to avoid in mud or snow or ice.

The main feature of the vehicle is likely to be the wheel suspension system. The rear axle is mounted 
torque arms. A central double wishbone with an automatic level regulator provide an ideal ground 
clearance with any load in the car, or on the front wheels when towing a trailer, allowing the vehicle 
control characteristics are still preserved. The front axle is by reaction arms and Panhard rods attached. 
Both axes by wide coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers with long stroke suspension.

For its high performance control, the Range Rover was fitted with 4 disc brakes and dual brake circuit. 
Each circuit includes the brakes on the front wheels to prevent ever, in case of defect in the hydraulic 
system, only the rear wheels could be curbed. The brake gear is independently an efficient blocking 
of the four wheels to ensure, especially on steep slopes.

Specially studied seats with safety harness attached to a traction of more than three tons to resist, 
are standard. Other safety features include collapsible steering column, dashboard with bumper, 
and safety locks.

To her multifaceted task, the Range Rover is equipped with an estate-body with two doors, located in 
a very sturdy box-shaped chassis, the safety cage principle of the Rover 2000 combines the 
exceptional strength of the Land Rover chassis. 

In standard version, the Range Rover 5 comfortable seats, plus a large luggage compartment with a 
loading capacity of 340 kg. For this purpose the access is provided by a double door above and below 
over the entire width of the vehicle. The top door is by pneumatic rising arms checked.

The Range Rover has a cruising speed of over 145 km / h. The 0-100 km / h is reached in 16.6 seconds, 
and the standing kilometer taken in 36.3sec.

1973 Range Rover Belgium
       Range Rover
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The Belgium company S. A. Beherman-Demoen N. V. had the import to Belgium in the 1970's. 
Beherman Demoen were also a supplier to the police- and military forces with their own safety vehicles like the BDX Personnel Carrier.