Rare Rides: The 2018 Range Rover Adventum Coupe, an Intense Luxury Conveyance

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
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Today’s Rare Ride is a super luxurious two-door aftermarket Range Rover. Much like the Rolls-Royce Wraith Silver Spectre featured here recently, the Range Rover’s transformation was also designed by Niels Van Roij.

Hopefully, your eyes are prepared for luxury.

The only time the Range Rover was available as a two-door was in its first generation, now known as the Classic. From its inception in 1969 Range Rover was solely a two-door affair, but a four-door arrived in 1981 and quickly became the more popular body style. The market for the two-door dried up quickly, and Land Rover decided the next-gen P36A Range Rover would be available solely as a four-door. The last factory two-door Classic was built in January 1994 and was shipped to Portugal.

Cut to 2018, and Land Rover teased a new Range Rover with two doors called the SV Coupe. The new model was a project of Jaguar-Land Rover’s SVO or Special Vehicle Operations department. The original plan was to build 999 examples, for a hefty $295,000 before options. Customer deposits rolled in, but the plan didn’t last long: JLR had a terrible financial year in 2018, and canceled the project. Enter Dutch designer Niels van Roij.

In spring 2019, van Roij introduced his Adventum Coupe design, which promised to execute on the promises of the canceled SV Coupe. Most of the design cues were kept intact from the SVO design, with the exception of the expensive frameless windows and giant 23-inch concept wheels. The fenders and tailgate are from the standard Range Rover, in addition to the fenders. But everything between the A-pillar and the rear was reworked into true coupe-ness. Body panels were created from hand-worked aluminum, and the aluminum architecture underneath the Range Rover was strengthened over stock form.

There were no customer options as far as color scheme: Adventums were painted in an Arctic White, with a red and black Nappa leather interior that featured plenty of piano wood trim, and copious teak on the floor and cargo area. Most of the interior was fettled over the stock Range Rover, and taken to a higher level of luxury. Rear seats were captain’s chairs like the front, which were powered and adorned with integrated footrests. All examples used the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 from the Range Rover’s top SVAutobiography trim, good for 557 horses and 516 torques.

The Adventum’s build was contracted to Dutch firm Bas van Roomen, and the firm will create just 100 examples. In 2020 the base price was $299,835 – a not-stratospheric ask for a bespoke luxury SUV. Today’s Adventum is built on a 2018 Range Rover and has just over 8,000 miles. It’s for sale presently in The Netherlands for $349,874.

[Images: Niels van Roij Design]

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  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
  • ToolGuy Presented for discussion: https://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper2/thoreau/civil.html
  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?