Kalahari Edition: An ’02 Land Rover That Begs for Adventure
Beginning in 1996, Land Rover North America initiated its “TReK” challenge, a multi-day off-road competition between dealerships. It provided sales staff with hands-on vehicle training and a muddy way to build the team. The vehicles of choice? Specially-built Land Rover Discovery TReK competition models. The TReKs looked tough and worked just as hard, so when it came time to produce a special edition Discovery II for North America, you could guess where Land Rover looked for inspiration. The Land Rover Discovery Series II Kalahari Edition was the eye-catching result. Built for 2002, Land Rover Special Vehicles produced 150 of these bright yellow special editions, and this version, which recently popped up on eBay, is one of those few. RELATED: Take a Closer Look at the 2015 Land Rover Discovery
So what did you get in ’02 for your hard-earned $40,000? Well, a rugged appearance that tells everyone you were one of the lucky few. The Kalahari Edition came boasting Borrego Yellow paint and a smattering of trail gear, which includes a Saudi-specification bumper and grille, a wrap-around brush guard, black roof rack and rear ladder, special vehicle badging, and a stunning set of 16-inch Typhoon alloy wheels. The self-leveling suspension was an option.
Inside, the Discovery II keeps the refinement levels high and the styling dark with black seats and a grey dashboard. Underneath the hood lies a familiar friend, the Discovery’s 4.0-liter V8, which came paired with a four-speed automatic and two-speed transfer case for terrain-taming four-wheel drive.
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Interestingly, Land Rover’s original announcement for the vehicle at the 2001 New York Auto show called for 150 Borrego Yellow versions to be built, however by the time production ended, the Kalahari was also offered in a not-often-seen white and grey, amounting to 300 in total.
If the side stripes on this Kalahari Edition look a little concept car-ish…that’s because they are. The owner of this Kalahari has styled the 4x4 to evoke the looks of the original concept vehicle. Further modifications improve its trail-readiness and include front and rear steel bumpers, a snorkel, two-inch suspension lift, Hella off-road lights, and a Hi-Lift jack. It may not be “original” but it certainly looks expedition-worthy.
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