The Range Rover was first built as a luxury alternative to the Land Rover. Some of the benefits of owning this vehicle over its cheaper cousin from Land Rover include all time 4 wheel drive, coil spring suspension, 4 wheel disc brakes, and a larger 3.5L Range Rover V8 engine.
The first generation car stayed in production from 1970 until 1995. It had a 3 or 4 speed automatic transmission or a 4 or 5 speed manual transmission. This car was so popular in the United States, despite the fact that it was not sold here and had to be imported by individual buyers, that in 1987 Land Rover finally made the decision to sell the car here.
The second generation Range Rovers were sold from 1995 until 2002. The engine options were once again either a Rover V8 or a BMW turbodiesel.
The third generation, which is the current one, started in 2003. The BMW V8 was the original engine in these SUVs, but in 2006 it was upgraded and now all new models come with a supercharged Jaguar V8.
These cars cost a pretty penny when new, but you can get some good deals on the used market. That's what I love about luxury vehicles: the rich tend to dump them after just a few years. If you're looking for a used Range Rover, I suggest you look on eBay.