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Range Rover: now with added guns
Step forward, wealthy, gun-wielding toffs of Britain. Your ultimate car has arrived: the Holland & Holland Range Rover.
Once again, the London-based gunmakers have teamed up with Land Rover - this time its recently formed Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) skunkworks. The result is a Range Rover Long-Wheelbase with bespoke interior touches, an on-board gun cabinet and a startling £180,000 price tag.
That’s a good £70,000 pricier than a ‘regular’ Range Rover LWB supercharged V8 will set you back, and even north of the old H&H Rangie, which asked £140,000. Welcome to the most expensive Range Rover in the world.
Given you’re paying Lamborghini Huracan money, exclusive green paint and the long wheelbase car’s extra 186mm of rear legroom isn’t really enough to justify the monstrous outlay. Exclusivity helps, though: SVO will only build 40 of these H&H editions annually for the next three years.
The real trinkets are to be found inside. The boot houses a removable cabinet for carrying two (optional) Holland & Holland rifles, fashioned from lightweight aluminum and carbon fibre, but clad in leather and polished wood veneer.
This sideboard slides out of the boot for easier access on a moveable floor, which SVO assures would-be owners is ‘designed to be load-bearing so that it can still be sat upon when owners wish to change their footwear or stop for a brief picnic’. Just the ticket for countryside japes if you own half a county.
The rear cabin is stunning, with the Executive Seating package offering 17 degrees of seat-reclining action for the full private jet experience. Then there are the gun-inspired turned metal panels in the door trims and the enormous slab of walnut that serves as a trim surface. No soft-touch plastic here, thank you very much.
If you’re in the market for a £180,000 gun rack, we doubt you’re short of a few quid, but Land Rover will actually offer the H&H edition with a diesel powertrain, in case the landed gentry feel the squeeze this winter. Albeit, we’re still talking a 4.4-litre turbodiesel V8 here, which offers a relatively sensible alterative to the 503bhp supercharged petrol V8 also available.
Oh, and it’s only useful as a gun rack if you acquire your own gun licence. Land Rover can’t include that in the package…