In the United States--where its disciples include Jack Nicholson and Joe Montana--the British-built Range Rover is a new status symbol. Race driver Danny Sullivan is on his fifth.
Over here--where the broad-shouldered off-roaders carry the Royal Family to its country places and have hauled British troops into Desert Storm--Range Rover is a 44-year-old institution. Motorway bobbies use them as patrol cars.
This cultural imbalance between Mother England and her former colony, however, is about to change.
In the fall, a 500-vehicle trial balloon of something called the Land Rover Defender, a tougher, plainer, agri-biz wagon more geared to hauling cattle feed than impressing Aspen, will... Read More