Startech Range Rover Supercharged
The stage is set for the world debut of the STARTECH 'i-Range' at the 2011 IAA in Frankfurt/Main: the unique 510-hp / 375-kW SUV with a top speed of 225 km/h is based on the Range Rover Supercharged model and sets itself apart not only with its multimedia system with two Apple iPads that has been elegantly integrated into the rear compartment. An exclusive STARTECH custom equipment package ranging from sporty yet elegant aerodynamic- enhancement components to one-piece and multi-piece wheels with diameters of up to 22 inches and a classy interior upgrade transform the 4x4 into a precious gem. With this special model STARTECH, a BRABUS Group company, once more demonstrates its capabilities.
Car-based multimedia systems are a particular STARTECH specialty. Custom-tailored consoles for the back of the front seats were developed for the new 'i-Range.'
At the push of a button an Apple iPad 2 and a color-coordinated leather-trimmed table top electrically deploys or retracts quickly form each of the consoles. The iPads are powered and automatically recharged by an integrated docking station. Music content stored on the iPad 2 can be played on the Hi-Fi system of the Range Rover via a Bluetooth connection.
Both iPads can connect to the internet independently via a WLAN on-board hotspot with 20 MBit/s GSM modem for EDGE, HSDPA and HSPA+ protocols that the STARTECH electronics specialists integrated into the vehicle, giving the crew on board access to their e- mail accounts and the worldwide web. Furthermore, the two integrated cameras make the iPad 2 also perfectly suited for video conferencing via Skype or the car‟s WLAN network. For entertainment purposes the iPads can also access multimedia content such as movies, eBooks or games from a personal cloud server or from online resources such as iTunes.
The new consoles, which are now available for any Range Rover model, are trimmed with the same leather as the remaining interior and therefore perfectly blend with the overall appearance. To contrast with the snow-white exterior paint finish, the interior of the STARTECH 'i-Range' was completely trimmed with cognac-colored leather and gray piping on the seams in the company upholstery shop. To round out the color scheme the floor and cargo area were upholstered with color-coordinated high-quality gray velour.
The rear bench was exchanged by the STARTECH interior designers for two anatomically shaped individual seats. A newly developed center console that features a compartment for glasses, a bottle holder and a refrigerated compartment concealed behind the folding center armrest stylishly separates the two seats.
A particular eye catcher in the cockpit is the STARTECH high-end wood trim for the British SUV. The fishbone-parquet-style inlays for dashboard, center console and door panels are painstakingly made by hand from lasered strips of veneer measuring 5 x 30 millimeters.
Also part of the custom appointments are an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel and exclusive accessories such as stainless-steel scuff plates with backlit STARTECH logo and high-quality floor mats with color-coordinated edging.
The 'i-Range' sports an exclusive exterior appearance as well. The STARTECH aerodynamic-enhancement components set themselves apart with their unique symbiosis of form and function.
The STARTECH front spoiler lends the SUV a more striking and dynamic nose and at high speeds reduces lift on the front axle for optimized directional stability. The innovative STARTECH light system with perfectly integrated LED daytime running lights and fog lamps also increases active safety.
The electrically deployed running boards of the Range Rover can be stylishly concealed with the STARTECH side panels.
Another clever STARTECH development is the new rear fascia that also perfectly combines form and function. The majority of Range Rover models are equipped with a trailer hitch. It can be masked stylishly by the STARTECH rear fascia. An integrated access door that can be removed and reattached with a single movement facilitates mounting and removing the detachable hitch quickly. Distinctive exhaust embellishers of the STARTECH stainless-steel dual sport exhaust system are stylishly integrated into the design of this body component.
To achieve an optimal aerodynamic balance the STARTECH designers shaped a roof spoiler for all current Range Rover versions.
A major contribution to the appealing STARTECH look of the “i-Range‟ comes from the STARTECH alloy wheels. New to the program is the multi-piece STARTECH Monostar R design in size 9.5Jx21 with size 285/35 R 21 tires. The wheel features a striking combination of high-gloss polished outer flange and black-painted wheel spider with five spokes. Because the spokes extend all the way to the outer edge of the rim well the Monostar R wheel appears larger than its already impressive 21-inch diameter. Polished spoke contours reinforce the uniqueness of this wheel. This wheel is also available as a one-piece design with diameters of 20 and 22 inches.
The STARTECH Monostar IV wheel with five-spoke design and an appealing combination of gray and polished surfaces is available with a diameter of 22 inches. This wheel can also be painted in body color. The size 10Jx22 wheels are mounted with high-performance tires in size 295/35 R 22 front and back.
The STARTECH suspension module controls the air suspension of the Range Rover and in “on road‟ mode allows a ride-height lowering by some 35 millimeters. While stationary or in “off road‟ position the ride height remains unchanged.
All components of the STARTECH 'i-Range' are also available individually for the current Range Rover models.
Source: Startech press