Pete...you may want to re-read our posts. We're not dissing the Range Rovers. We are merely stating that the new Range Rover marks a pretty radical departure from the early style and intent for which these vehicles were first conceived.
1970 - The first Range Rover is launched in Cornwall
1972 - The Range Rover became the first vehicle to cross the Darien Gap.
1975 - The first options pack was introduced (power assisted steering, seat belts, and tinted glass)
1980 - 50 vehicles are produced with leather seats and air conditioning
1981 - Range Rover wins the Paris - Dakar rally.
2003 - Range Rover sadly abandons it's early roots giving credence to form over function. Sport utility vehicle...hardly.
Sure, we may utilize the same coil spring suspension...but Range Rovers were spawned due to the success of the Series vehicles...which bear a pretty striking resemblance to our Defenders.