Saturday, August 6, 2011
SUV of the Day: August 7, 2011
The SUV for today is the Real Toys' Land Rover Discovery II.
The Land Rover Discovery is a mid-size SUV, with off-road capabilities, from the British car maker Land Rover. There have been four generations of the vehicle, which was first introduced in 1989. The current Discovery 4 is marketed in North America as the LR4.
The Series II Discovery debuted in autumn 1998 and in the US in 1999. Land Rover promoted that the Discovery Series II had been modified with 720 'differences'. The interior and exterior was re-worked to be less utilitarian, but it was still similar to the Series I. Every body panel was new except the rear door outer skin. The rear body was extended to improve load space but at the expense of added rear overhang, which adversely impacted off-road ability. Changes to the diesel engined models saw the 2495 cc Td5 (in-line direct-injected 5 cylinder) engine introduced, in line with the updated Defender models. This electronically managed engine was smoother, producing more usable torque at lower revs than its 300 Tdi predecessor. The Td5 engine is often mistakenly attributed to BMW but the engine was derived from the Rover L-series passenger car engine and developed by Land Rover.
Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_Rover_Discovery#Discovery_Series_II to learn more.
Jermaine sent this as part of a large trade box he sent back in late spring. It nearly doubled my Real Toys collection. The tampo work and 'chrome' spare tire cover are pretty nice work for a non brand x model.