Land Rover DC100 Sport


1. The hood is basically just a flat expanse, but this indented, color-contrasted panel provides visual interest.

2. The front corners are beveled to reduce aerodynamic drag, and the headlamp indentation is washed out to reduce turbulence. Superfluous but nice.

3. The grille is more of a base to a scoop leading upward, but with its perforations it has a technical look.

4. Most of the cooling air would actually enter the body through this lower aperture. Note the six perforations below it, a sort of locomotive-tough suggestion.

5. While retaining the traditional Land Rover round-lamp look, there's a battery of technically advanced lighting elements within the unit.

6. Audi-style LED daytime running lamps set off additional air inlets with high-intensity foglamps in the lower outer corners.

7. This kink defines the break from sill to front end, which turns down in a manner very similar to the 1948 design but with vastly greater elegance and smooth surfaces.

8. The wheelhouse opening is made of five nearly straight elements: two verticals, one horizontal, and two diagonals. The body-surface kink is generated by this bend.

9. The body sides are quite similar to the traditional body-side section, apart from this stiffening indent at the bottom of the door.

10. The recessed door handle is protected from snagging by brush or bushes in rugged off-road conditions.

11. The rear body side is quite flat visually but has three-dimensional crowning, unlike the plain, flat-sheet section of the original Land Rover. It is quite subtle and very well done.

12. The rollover structure looks sturdy enough to support a bridge.


13. The complex arch behind the seats takes up quite a lot of length, making the rear compartment a very restricted cubby.

14. The offset license-plate cove makes for an interesting composition for the rear face of the body.

15. Tow hooks at the corners are part of the technical look to the vehicle yet are nicely integrated into the whole, not just stuck on.

16. A receiver for a trailer hitch is absolutely necessary for any Land Rover, although this sport model is far from a traditional SUV.

17. Repeating the six perforations on the front, this panel gives the impression of being a strong link to the chassis frame...except there's no separate chassis and this is probably a plastic part.

18. Taillights recall classic round Lucas units from the past but are incorporated in a single unit on the beveled rear corners.

19. The stylish aluminum wheels are far less appropriate for off-road work than plain discs with less propensity for picking up mud, snow, and plants in hard going.


20. Massive ironmongery gives the impression of enormous strength, enhanced by visible fasteners. But that's show biz.

21. This supplementary headrest pad suggests that a third passenger might be accommodated, albeit in considerable discomfort...

22. ...perched on this pad on the transmission tunnel.

23. This unrealistic trim piece protects the raw glass edge but would be of no help at all in a rollover.

24. Wipers tucked into a space at the bottom of the windshield are a nice touch, as much appreciated on a rugged vehicle like this as on an aerodynamic supercar.

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