1988 Range Rover Model Year Details
1988 Model Year Statistics
Chassis & Suspension Changes
Photo: Jonathan Parker's Cypress Green 1988 Range Rover 40th Anniversary Edition. Note characteristic exhaust outlet and exposed door hinges on pre-1989 models. Note the sunroof that was normally optional but was standard on the 40th Anniversary Edition. An aftermarket brush guard has been added.
1988 Model Year Statistics
Number built 3,942 Powertrain Changes:
First 1988 built
Base Price $33,950 (increase of $2,575 from 1987)
Curb Weight 4,303 lbs. (same as 1987)
Gross Vehicle Weight 5997 lbs.
Engine was the same as 1987, but the transmission was recalibrated (lock-up was delayed) to improve responsiveness, it was the same 4 speed ZF4HP22 automatic with lockup torque converter and overdrive 4th gear. Second gear ratio was changed to 1.48:1 and converter lock up speed increased from approximately 40mph (1,500 rpms) to 50mph (1,750 rpms). The transmission changes resulted in an EPA rating that was 14 mpg for both city and highway
Chassis and Suspension Changes:
Bake servo improved for “less pedal effort”.
New brake disk material was used to (according to RRNA) “give better pedal feel”.
Available Paint Colors (Paint Codes): Alaskan Blue Metallic (393),
New roof panel without ribbing over front seat area (to provide a flat area for the sunroof)
Electric slide and tilt sunroof now available as an option at $1,375
Available Interior Colors: Osprey Gray cloth or Penbroke
More were sold with leather seats in 1988 than in 1987 a $1125 option
Air conditioning ducts were modified for more flow
Check Engine Light was added to the dash, next to the fog light switch
Photo: Jonathan Parker's 1988 RR 40th Anniversary Edition, Cypress Green with Grey interior. Front seats and dash have been covered to protect them. The lacquered burl walnut door cappings are just visible.
Edition: (See photo at right and
at top of page). Other:
This was introduced midway through the model year and cost $700 more than a standard Range Rover with the optional sunroof and leather interior. The model was available in Cypress Green or Chamonix White, they all had power sunroofs and Pembroke Gray leather interior with “additional leather details” and lacquered burl walnut door cappings. The standard three spoke wheels were painted a lighter color silver (RRNA called a this a “special finish”) An oval shaped 40th Anniversary Edition sticker was on the front fenders (wings) below the rub strips. The Sticker said Land Rover 1948-1988 with a big 40th Anniversary in the middle. A small number of Beluga Black 40th Anniversary models were available with darker lacquered burl walnut door cappings.
Malcolm Smith drove a modified Range Rover to a fourth place finish (the highest ever to date for an American) in the 8,000 mile Paris-Dakar rally.
British Aerospace buys the Rover Group from the
Government for 150 Million Pounds
Range Rover was named “Best 4x4” by Playboy Magazine