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In the Headlights – Ultimate 4x4s {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

22 Jul 2017

We do love a 4x4 here at BOTB, as does the rest of the world it would seem as they are the biggest selling vehicles nowadays, with every manufacturer offering at least a couple of models. Even those at the very upper echelons of the car world who you would never expect, such as Bentley now have a 4x4 in their range – and they even offer a diesel model! There are more coming too, Lamborghini have the 3dr Urus coming with the Huracan’s V10 engine and there’s a premium SUV coming to make even the Bentley Bentayga seem cheap – the Rolls Royce Cullinan.

But those are still to come, so which 4x4s excite us at the moment? We’ve teamed up with URBAN Automotive this week, so obviously we’re going to feature a couple of their cars. First up is their take on the Range Rover Evoque, which adds classy styling additions to the already popular SUV, then their craziest car – the Defender RS V8 with a monstrous V8, but more on those later. The other cars we’ve added ‘In the Headlights’ are one that has been asked for many times and one that we just love the look of!

First up is the Range Rover Sport SVR. There’s an aggressive front end which looks like it’s ready to eat anything in its path, a nice set of 21-inch alloy wheels and a quad exit exhaust. The noise that comes out of those pipes is other-wordly, an incredible blare of V8 noise that you feel in your chest. You also feel the acceleration in your chest, and your whole body as the SVR hurtles towards the horizon at a hilarious rate, thanks to the 562bhp supercharged 5.0 litre V8.

Then we have one from across the sea – the Ford F150 Raptor. The Raptor is designed to be a seriously capable off-road desert running 4x4, with expensive shocks and dampers, big tyres and lots of clever tech to help out. This 2017 Raptor has the old V8 replaced with a 3.5 litre Ecoboost twin turbo V6 – power is up to 450bhp though, with loads of torque and a noise not unlike the Jag F-Type V6. What you have is a monster vehicle that will go, stop, steer and sound like a desert racer but inside is comfy, full of tech and can be driven daily (if you have the space!).

So we have a fairly diverse selection of cars this week, but we can’t forget the other Ultimate 4x4s we have in the competition already like the Bentley Bentayga Diesel, Mercedes G63 AMG, Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the Range Rover Velar P380.

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We asked Simon Dearn, Managing Director of URBAN Automotive his thoughts on Ultimate 4x4s:

Tell us a little about Urban Automotive

After a lifelong passion and years of owning a wide range of performance cars, I decided to set up URBAN Automotive to provide a new take on aftermarket vehicle styling and a refreshing attitude towards customer service. I know what level of service I expected when I was buying cars, and I wanted to be able to offer a superior car buying experience to others. We’ve come a long way in four years, and we’ve got an even longer way to go!

What do you think is the best 4x4 on sale today?

It absolutely has to be the Range Rover Sport SVR. SVO tweak the standard 5.0L Supercharged V8 engine to 550bhp, fine tune the suspension and handling, add some incredibly comfortable bucket seats, and the result is one of the most exhilarating vehicles you could ever drive. Having so much power in a practical 4x4 is immensely satisfying – as is the thunderous noise! At URBAN, converting the SVR to our ‘V2 Specification’ with our UK-made carbon fibre bumpers, wheels and other accessories is our ultimate product.

Are there any new 4x4s you’re looking forward to seeing coming out?

It’s the car everyone is talking about; the Range Rover Velar. Sitting between the Evoque and the Sport, it offers the sleek styling of an Evoque with the size and presence of a Sport. The updated technology looks incredible inside and out, and we have already begun the development of our ‘V2’ Velar. You will be able to see the computer renderings on our social media platforms – Instagram: @urbanautomotive

Why did you choose these four cars?

There’s something for everyone! To some, owning a Range Rover Evoque is the ultimate goal. Our bodystyling options have been extremely popular, with some owners trading up to the Sport at a later date. The Raptor is a bit of a wildcard, but it follows the same sort of idea as the SVR; a big car with a big engine providing nothing but big, big smiles! I’ve already said everything I love about the SVR, which brings me on to our wolf in sheep’s clothing; the Land Rover Defender ‘RS by URBAN.’ Packing a 430bhp 6.2L V8 from a Chevrolet Corvette, it’s the last engine you can ever image somebody shoehorning in to this British classic. A full bespoke leather trim, inspired by the SVR, a body colour of your choice (we went for Land Rover’s SVR-exclusive ‘Estoril Blue’) and a whole host of exterior styling, it is the ultimate toy.

Why is URBAN Automotive now the premier 4x4 modification company?

We’ve come a long way in four years after starting with just two Land Rover Defenders on a drive way. And now; using innovative design, advanced composite materials and clean, OEM-inspired designs, we certainly believe we are paving the way in aftermarket vehicle design. After recently partnering with renowned vehicle wrapping experts Yiannimize, we have launched Nero Design to encompass a wide range of sports cars; from BMWs to Lamborghinis and Ferraris. Watch this space!

What does the future hold for URBAN?

The buzz surrounding the Velar is huge, and we can tell it’s going to be a great seller. This is just one of many models that we have our eyes on! And now, with our own in-house facilities including a full body and paint shop, a composites manufacturer, and URBAN outlets being set up in the Middle East, North America and other global locations, we are forever pushing the limit of what is achievable and are excited to see where this journey leads us.

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