1997 Range Rover Model Year Details

1997 Range Rover

Chassis & Suspension
Special Editions
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Photo: Daniel Radman's 1997 4.6HSE




No major changes from 1996.

Chassis and Suspension:
No change from 1996.

The rear bumper was redesigned and did not have a notch for the tail pipe to stick out (the exhaust pipe now pointed down).
Colors: AA Yellow (Vitesse Only), Alpine White, Altai Silver Metallic, Arles Blue, Avalon Pearl Metallic, Beluga Black (Extra Cost), British Racing Green Metallic, Charleston Green Metallic, Epsom Green Metallic Monza Red (Vitesse Only), Oxford Blue, Rioja Red Metallic, White Gold Willow Metallic.

Photo: New tailpipe arrangement on 1997 and 98 models; there is still only a single tailpipe but there is now no notch in the bumper and the tailpipe points downwards. (Photo is of Kevin Kelly's 98 model before he repaired the warped bumper cover -- see instructions at this link).

Interior: Interior
All got the HomeLink garage door opener system and bright yellow airbag warnings on the sun visors. Road & Track reported “only color and minor trim changes were made for the 1997 model year”.

Photo: interior of Mark Andrews' 1997 4.0SE


An integrated hands free phone (that mounted to the right of the radio) with roof mounted antenna was available this year.

1997 Model Year Range Rover Special Editions:
4.0 SE: In 1997 the base 4.0 SE was unchanged except for the items above.


4.6 HSE:  In 1997 the base 4.6 HSE was unchanged except for the items above.


4.6 HSE Panther Edition:  The Panther Edition 4.6HSE had “Panther Edition” and a Panther logo sewn in to the front seats below the outline of a panther and panther edition badging on the front fenders above the signal lights.


4.6 HSE Vitesse Edition:  The Vitesse Edition models cost $3,000 more than the standard HSE were painted AA Yellow & Monza Red.  Vitesse is French for “Speed”.  The AA Yellow and Monza Red editions (see photos below) were the same except for the colors.  They had all the standard HSE items and ash black leather seats with yellow or red piping .  The side mirrors and lower part of the front bumper were painted body color and they has a “blackout grille” (darker plastic than the grills on other models).  The inside door handles were chrome rather than black (chrome interior door handles were on all 2000-2002 Range Rover HSEs).  The Vitesse came standard with the 300-watt 10 amp Harmon Kardon 12-speaker sound system with “parametric equalization” and “active dual-driver subwoofer”.  A total of 100 to 150 of each color were sold made (Land Rover Special Edition Brochure from 1997 said a total of 250 of the red and yellow “high impact color” Vitesse editions would be produced).   Land Rover sold very few yellow Range Rovers and other than the 1997 Vitesse the only other yellow P38 Range Rovers were a small number of non-Vitesse AA yellow Range Rovers in 1997, the special TReK competition models and the Borego Edition in 2002.

Monza edition

Monza edition

Keith Dart's 1997 Monza Red Vitesse Edition (Ken's Vitesse does not have the original "Mondial" wheels but has the "Hurricane" wheels that first appeared on the 1999 HSE). Only 250 Vitesse Edition Range Rovers were sold. Note red piping on seat trim.

interior4.6 HSE Kensington Edition: The Kensington Edition (that may have been available on some late 1996 models) cost $3,000 more than the base HSE and had Beluga Black or British Racing Green exterior paint and Lightstone leather seats w/ ash black piping.  They also had a “hand stitched” leather trimmed cubby box with padded leather lid and center console sides (in both black or Lightstone Leather).  The cubby box lid was different from other 1995-1999 Range Rovers since in addition to the leather covering it didn’t have the useless cup holder under the lid.  The Kensington edition had a special wood cup holder inside the cubby box.  They also all had leather covered handbrake handles.  The Kensington came standard with the 300-watt 10 amp Harmon Kardon 12-speaker sound system with “parametric equalization” and  “active dual-driver subwoofer”.  The model had additional burled walnut trim.  In addition to the wood cup holder in the cubby box they also had a wood face plate on the radio, wood cover over the HVAC controls, wood around the power window switched (including the cubby box lid release button) and a wood covered rear ash tray. Photo at right: Henry Miller's 1997 Range Rover 4.6HSE -- this is not a Kensington model but does have the Lightstone interior.

4.6 SSE Edition (by Cameron Concepts):  These were supercharged Range Rovers modified in the U.S. by Cameron Concepts (now Special Vehicle Concepts, who still sell customized Range Rovers) who added Eaton superchargers and modified the hood to clear the supercharger.  They were not typical modified Range Rovers since all were authorized by Land Rover Special Vehicles and they had a numbered Land Rover Special Vehicles plaque under the hood.  Most (if not all) had custom wheels and many other options such as custom leather trim, extra wood and body color painted plastic.  The custom “SSE” logo on the tailgate was created by peeling off the H and replacing it with the S from another new tailgate sticker. See photos below for details.


SSE interior

Above: Jim Hobart's 1997 Cameron Concepts Range Rover SSE
Note body-colored spoiler, mud flaps and exterior trim, extensive walnut trim and modified instrument panel.

Right and Below: Bob Hawkins' 1997 SVC Range Rover HSE.
Note bulge in hood to accommodate supercharger. Also special grille, dual exhaust, and red piping on seats.


SVC interior

SVC RR Rear view

Range Rover Trek TReK Edition: Approximately 20 of the TReK Range Rovers were built by the Land Rover Special Vehicles Group for the 1997 Land Rover TReK competition in Vermont. This was not an official special edition, but many of the former competition models have been sold to private parties. The 1997 TReK competition was the second in a series of TReK events (the first TReK competition was in Georgia and used Discovery Series Is) sponsored by Land Rover North America that allowed LRNA dealership (aka 'Land Rover Centre") employees to learn about the vehicles while competing with the employees of other dealerships in "Camel Trophy Type" special tasks. The TReK Range Rovers were all based on NAS spec AA Yellow Vitesse Edition Range Rover 4.6 HSE models (see above for more information on the Vitesse Edition). Like the Vitesse the TReK Edition also had ash black leather seats with yellow piping and yellow mirrors. They also had the entire bumpers painted yellow and 18 inch "Triple Sport" three spoke wheels with yellow painted centers. The triple sport wheel was never used on a Range Rover model sold in the US, but it has always been available as an option through the Land Rover dealers. The models all had the factory roof rack (with rear ladder), yellow painted lamp guards, winch kit and extensive under body armor from the Special Vehicles Group. For some reason Land Rover did not install heavy duty bumper or sill protectors (aka "Rock Sliders") on the vehicles. Land Rover did paint the grey plastic bumpers, door bump strips and door sills bright yellow so even slight damage was more obvious. The official TReK modes had a decal kit with a big "Vermont 97" on the sides and "TReK '97" on the tailgate. The models also had American flag stickers on the fenders (wings) like the Camel Trophy Range Rovers and sponsor stickers that included BF Goodrich and Warn. (Photo, courtesy of Christian Kuhtz, shows 1997 TReK Range Rover at the TReK venue now occupied by RangeRovers.net founder John Brabyn).

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