STARTECH is Chinese for “Range Rover Pickup”
German Tuner Creates Rover with Truck Bed for Auto Shanghai 2015
Thanks to its excellent curb appeal, sumptuous luxury, and world-beating image, Range Rover is the de-facto choice for many celebrities, politicians, and socialites. Available through the years in a variety of body styles (including an upcoming convertible version of the compact Range Rover Evoque), Rovers tend to meet the needs of just about anyone in the market for a big, luxurious SUV.
If, however, you’ve always wanted to transport one or two ficus trees upright in your Range Rover, you’ve been out of luck. That might change if Jaguar Land Rover tuner STARTECH builds this Range Rover pickup, which the company will show at Auto Shanghai 2015.
Starting with a fullsize Range Rover, STARTECH slices off the D-pillars and rear roof panel and removes the rear glass, installs a bulkhead, and fits the formerly leather-lined cargo bay with a water- and weatherproof cargo bucket. The tuner also fits the Rover with carbon fiber–trimmed flow-through flying buttresses and a spoiler integrated in the roof panel, which now ends just above the rear passengers’ heads.
The result of all that bodywork is…interesting. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the SUV looks very stubby and impractical, possibly due to the width of those flying buttresses. It looks a bit like the lovechild of a Cadillac Escalade EXT and a 1987 Toyota SR5 4x4 trail buggy with a chopped shortbed. Curiously, the bed that sits behind the rear passengers looks even smaller than an unmodified Range Rover’s cargo area. Furthermore, the rear bulkhead looks like it’s fixed in place, so you’d have to transport your longer items (skis, glamping supplies, antique Edwardian escritoires) vertically.
Aside from the body modifications, the STARTECH Range Rover pickup gets any tuner's usual array of enhancements. A new front bumper with aggressively straked air inlets adorns the front, while new door-mounted vents and trim add to the SUV’s mean appearance. Inside, four quilted leather seats with matching armrests and door panels pamper passengers, while more carbon fiber trim brings the aggression inside.
The whole Range Rover is done in a red and black color scheme, with red paint joining black or carbon fiber trim pieces and gunmetal wheels on the outside. Inside, black leather with red stitching completes the ensemble. The color scheme is arguably the best feature of this concept.
If it were our cash, we’d save the money we spent on the pickup bodywork and put it toward the gas bill we’d have after caning the Range Rover’s supercharged 5.0L V-8 around town. Even so, there will likely be a few individuals who ant their RRs to come with some dirty-goods hauling capabilities, and for them, the STARTECH solution is pretty good.
Source: STARTECH via Facebook