Automatic gearbox for Range Rovers
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LAND-ROVER has introduced an automatic gearbox option on its Range Rover models. It is claimed to provide easier control and better handling both on and off the road.
Using an adapted Chrysler A747 three-speed automatic gearbox matched with LandRover's newly developed heavyduty transfer box, it offers high or low ratio and the centre differential lock at any speed, at either ratio.
Drive line is through the main automatic gearbox to a twospeed transfer gearbox, which incorporates a locking differential, direct to the front and rear axles.
The conventional automatic gear selector has the usual P:R:N:13:2:1 layout with the gear change one to two being positively inhibited to prevent accidental engagement while offroad.
With the Range Rover automatic, the transfer box control will also engage the differential lock by pushing the high/low ratio lever to the left in either ratio. The automatic option costs approximately £600 extra, and makes its debut fitted with the most luxurious Range Rover ever, the enhanced "In vogue" Automatic Special Edition.
The V8, 3528cc high-compression engine and ancillaries, suspension and brakes remain unchanged, while with the automatic gearbox version, a high-capacity, front-mounted, gearbox-oil cooler is fitted. This will meet the higher gearbox-oil temperatures encountered in automatic transmission vehicles. A gearbox-oil temperature warning light is also fitted to the instrument binnacle as an additional safety measure.
Standard equipment includes arm rests and head rests on both 'front and rear seats, a Philips AC 807 radiostereo cassette system with front and rear speakers, and three-spoke alloy wheels with a special finish. Distinctive American walnut door cappings, full load-space carpeting and a specially designed, trim co-ordinated coolbox are also standard.
The "In vogue " Automatic Special edition is available in two metallic paint finishes, Nevada Gold (a totally new colour) or Sierra Silver.