News: Range Rover as a pick-up - from handsome to freak

From British all-wheel drive to multi-purpose vehicle: Tuner Startech has based on the Range Rover developed a pick-up that will now be presented at the Auto Show in Shanghai (22. to 29. April).

Around 100 body parts made of aluminum, carbon and steel were newly manufactured to transform the SUV into a van with a loading area. After the renovation, the space available for the passengers is completely preserved. Behind the individual seats in the rear, the pick-up has a new rear wall with a heated, tinted rear window. The panorama roof of the original vehicle is retained in full despite the shortened roof.

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When the tailgate is closed, the plastic-covered loading area offers a loading length of 110 centimeters. If the tailgate is opened by remote control or by pressing a button in the cockpit, an additional 60 centimeter is added. Startech, a Brabus company, wants to impress customers from the Arab region in particular. Because these could use the loading area for cages in which their hunting falcons are transported.

In addition, in many countries worldwide, luxury cars - like the Range Rover - are subject to high import duties and luxury taxes. By converting to a pick-up, the Startech mobile meets the requirements for truck approval, which means that these taxes are often no longer incurred when importing. As a result, the pick-up can be cheaper for the owner in such states than a standard luxury SUV.

The Startech Pick-Up is powered by a five-liter, eight-cylinder compressor engine with 387 kW / 526 PS. He runs at speed 5,3 in 100 seconds, the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km / h. The pick-up is also available in all other available Range Rover engines and in any desired color and interior variant.

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Visually, the conversion gets a changed face through wider wheel arch extensions and an optimized front apron. There are also fender flares on the front and rear axles, 23 inch forged wheels and a suspension module with air suspension that can lower the pick-up by three centimeters. For the rear there is a new apron, double-flow tailpipes of the high-performance exhaust system and a diffuser made of visible carbon. In terms of price, the Startech pick-up will certainly be significantly more expensive than the original vehicle. With a similar engine (5,0 liter V8 petrol engine, 375 kW / 510 PS), the Range Rover currently costs 118.510 euros.

Author: Adele Moser / SP-X

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