Range Rover Chieftain Is A Classic Reborn With A Cadillac CTS-V Supercharged V8

By now Land Rover is on the fourth iteration of its flagship Range Rover – and that’s not even counting the Range Rover Sport, Velar, and Evoque. But to many, there’s nothing quite like the original.

Shame they stopped making it over two decades ago (at the end of nearly three decades of production). If you really want one though, and buying used isn’t an option, Jensen International Automotive can help.

The same company that still resto-mods old Interceptors has expanded into luxury off-roaders with what it calls the Range Rover Chieftain.

What looks like a Range Rover Classic is reportedly based in actuality on the Land Rover Discovery 3, overlaid with the iconic sheetmetal of the first-gen Range Rover, and backed up by serious muscle: under the hood is the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 out of the old Cadillac CTS-V, kicking out 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque.

It’s all channeled to the four corners through a six-speed automatic transmission and (in true Range Rover style) an adjustable independent air suspension. And the interior’s been thoroughly updated as well, complete with sat-nav, creamy leather, and all the modern accoutrements you’d expect from a luxury SUV today.

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  • Bo Hanan

    Photo 4 is my favorite. Original Range Rover is such a badass in black, or green, or white….

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Stick and I’m sold. It looks mean.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Paddle shifters will work for me tool

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Same. I just want it.

  • donald seymour

    This is pure art and I love it.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I think this is the future: restomod of the late 70s and early Eighties but done to a clean tastefulness that does not take away from the original. It is what happened to the E30.

      • donald seymour

        I agree.

    • jaykit

      Yes. Few cars get to me like this one. Beautiful.

  • Zed68

    OK… that’s awesome!

  • I want.

  • Tydogg123 .

    I like this way more than I thought I would. Simple and beautiful.

  • Leconte Dave

    What a beautiful car . I’m in love. Could a Hellcat engine fit ?

  • Tenzin Pelha

    Why can’t today’s SUV look more like this?

    • LWOAP

      Safety and emissions regulations for starters. The rest is by design.

  • Bash

    Better than many current SUVs

  • Six Thousand Times

    Still love those wheels.

  • XtremWize

    Where do I have to sign?

  • europeon

    > is reportedly based in actuality on the Land Rover Discovery 3

    So it will drive like shit.

  • You guys forgot to tell the price. $300,000.

    Yep for Range Rover.

  • U8INIT

    This thing is much of everything I would ever need right now…

  • Enter Ranting

    Not long ago, Range Rovers used a modified Buick engine from the 1950s.

  • nastinupe

    I love the simple classic lines. Kind of wish they did more to the dash.

  • Puddingpopper

    “you know what this needs?”
    “A screen on top of the IP like all the stupid new cars?”
    “you got it! hot pockets for lunch?”
    “thought you’d never ask”

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