1996 Range Rover Model
Chassis & Suspension
Photo: Rob Burgan's
1996 4.6HSE with factory brush bar, front and rear light guards,
running boards and expedition roof rack (the rack was added later as it
was not available until after 1997 when it was developed for use on the
Land Rover Trek vehicles). Note 18 inch Mondial wheels standard on HSE
models from 1996-98; 16 inch rims could be selected as an alternative
at no cost,
but hardly any 4.6 buyers chose them.
The 4.0 SE had the same engine as it had in 1995 and the new 4.6 HSE model was introduced in North America with the 4.6L engine that was available in
4.6L (4554cc/278 cubic inches) 225 hp @ 4750 rpm
torque @ 3000 rpm 90-degree Overhead Valve (OHV) V8 aluminum alloy
aluminum alloy block with dry steel cylinder liners (3.7" bore x 3.2"
stroke) 9.3:1 compression ratio. Five
main bearings (bigger than in the 3.9L), hydraulic lifters and
electronic fuel injection.
Photo: Rear of Marco
Crivellari's 1996 4.0SE. Note single exhaust tailpipe protruding
through notch in rear bumper used on all 1995-96 models (97-98 models
omitted the notched bumper and had the tailpipe pointing downwards).
Chassis and Suspension:
All 4.6 HSEs had the same air suspension as the 4.0 SE, but all came with 18-inch “Mondial” five-spoke wheels and Pirelli Scorpion tires.
Colors, Alpine White, Altai Silver Metal, Avalon
Options: Other optional accessories included leather covered center console side panels and leather covered cubby box lid.
No change compared with 1995 models, except for special edition variations (see below)
Photo: Brian Butler's
1996 4.0SE interior view (unchanged from 1995), showing the new model's
superb dash layout.
4.0 SE Panther Edition: All were based on the 4.0 SE and had a leather interior with contrasting piping on the seats and armrests (and unlike other models with leather and piping) with the words “Panther Edition” is sewn in the front seats below a crest with the outline of a panther and square panther edition badging on fenders above the signal lights. Approx. 500 Panther Editions were sold.
4.0 SE Polo Edition: All were based on the 4.0 SE and had special dark brown leather interior with piping on the seats armrests (and unlike other models with dark brown leather and piping) with the words “Polo Edition” sewn in the front seats below a crest with the outline of a guy playing Polo. There is also a Polo Edition badge on the fenders above the signal lights.
HSE: The 4.6HSE with the 4.6L engine was introduced in the
Range Rovers in