1995: US Introduction of P38 Range Rover Model
Chassis & Suspension
Photo: Tony Johnson's 1995 4.0SE with factory brush guard.
Introduction: The 1995 US Debut of the New Model
The 1995 Range Rover P38 4.0 SE Model was
introduced in the U.S. in March of 1995 and six months later the (1996
year) Range Rover 4.6 HSE was introduced.
Base Price (4.0SE) $54,625 (Kelley Blue Book)
Weight 4,960 lbs
(3950cc/241 cubic inches) 190 hp @ 4750 rpm 236 lb-ft torque @ 3000 rpm
90-degree Overhead Valve (OHV) V8 aluminum alloy heads and aluminum
with dry steel cylinder liners (3.7" bore x 2.8" stroke) 9.34:1
compression ratio. Five main bearings
(bigger than in the 3.9L), hydraulic lifters and multiport electronic
injection. BMW Turbo Diesel engines were
installed in the new Range Rover P38 in
Photo: New dash layout
on Tony Johnson's 1995 4.0SE, showing the single-lever "H" gate
transmission and transfer case shifter, and the forward sloping center
dash section that reviewers noted gave an immediate feeling of command
for off-road situations. Exterior:
Chassis and Suspension:
Box-section ladder-type frame (with 2.5mm to 4.0mm steel vs. the 2.0mm steel frame used on the Range Rover Classic). All NAS models have a bolt on Class III towing receiver (vs. the welded on receiver that was on all NAS Range Rover Classics). Air springs were on all four corners of all Range Rover P38s. The axels were completely redesigned for the new Range Rover P38. Moving the differential to the opposite side of the axle forced long time Land Rover owners to remember that the low point of the vehicle had moved when driving off road. The rear differential had a heavy 4-pin diff carrier (vs. two pin in the previous RR) to handle the extra strain of the electronic traction control (the front differential got the 4-pin diff in 1999 when Land Rover added traction control to the front axle). Beam axles with semi floating hubs located by radius arms and a panhard rod in front, composite radius arms and a panhard rod in the rear, axle ratio 3.54:1 (the same ratio as the Range Rover Classic, despite totally different differential). The new Range Rover also has the same 108.1 inch wheelbase as the Classic LWB model (the SWB Classic has a 100 inch wheelbase). Hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers were on all four corners. Power assisted ZF recirculating ball (15.2:1 ratio) 3.2 turns lock to lock. Four-wheel power disk brakes with four piston calipers in front and two piston calipers in the rear with pad wear sensors on the front right and rear left inboard brake pads. All
The only option in 1995 was the Beluga Black paint for $300.
Exterior Accessories offered by the dealers (in the 1995 Range Rover 4.0 SE Vehicle Gear Catalog) included: Wrap-Around Brush Bar, Center-Grill Brush Bar, Front and Rear Lamp Guards, Running Boards, Black Plastic Wheel Arch Moldings, Mud Flaps, Roof Carrying System, Trailer Hitch Mounted Sports Rack Bike Carrier, Trailer Towing Kit, Auxiliary Lights, Car Cover, Engine Block Heater, Tire Pump, Locking Wheel Nuts and Winter Wiper Blades.
Available Interior Colors: (Please write in if you know!!)
All had air conditioning; power windows 60/40 split folding rear seats, folding rear parcel shelf/loadspace cover, cruise control, central locking on all four doors and the fuel door, child locks on the rear doors. Gear shifter and parking brake handle was rubber. The stereo was made by Phillips. The front seats had three vertical seams on the seat backs and bottoms and the piping was the same color as the seats.
Interior Accessories offered by the dealers (from the 1995 Range Rover 4.0 SE Vehicle Gear Catalog) included Floor Mats (carpet and rubber), Waterproof Seat Covers, Load Retention System (cargo nets), Plastic Loadspace protector, Loadspace anti-slip Mat. Locking Shotgun Box, Dog Guard (the dog guard with built in shotgun rack was not available for the RR P38), Tool Kit, Locking Security Case, , Sheepskin Seat Covers. A factory wood kit was available with extra pieces of wood around the window switches, rear ashtray door HVAC and Radio. A leather covered shifter and parking brake handle was also available as an optional interior dress up item. The optional leather covered shifter and parking brake handles were a slightly different design than the leather covered handles that became standard on later model P38s.
Photo: Rear seating in
Tony Johnson's 1995 4.0SE, showing the more spacious and comfortable
layout for passengers compared to the Classic models. Even the center
rear seat is comfortable. Other:
4.0 SE: Only one model of Range Rover P38 was offered in 1995 the first year it was sold in North America (in Europe the 4.6HSE was available along with the BMW Diesel model in the 1995 Model Year).
new Range Rover P38 was sold side by side with the 25 year old SWB
Classic in January 1995 (most of the ’95 Range Rover LWBs were sold in
very few were left when the new Range Rover was introduced), but
almost $10,000 extra cost the new Range Rover dramatically outsold the
and Land Rover decided to retire the Classic on it’s 25th
(the last Range Rover Classic rolled off the line in early 1996). LRNA opened (or converted existing dealers)
to the first “Land Rover Centres” in the
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