Prior to the Shanghai Auto Show 2015 later this month, tuning firm Startech has just unveiled what is arguably its most extreme Range Rover transformation ever with its Range Rover pickup. Just as the name implies, Startech’s latest creation turns the capable and luxurious off-roader into a functional workhorse and a true eye-catcher.
To create the pickup design, Startech has implemented a significantly shorter roof as well as thoroughly redesigned and widened c-pillars. A small vertical window has then been installed behind the rear seats while the plastic-lined pickup bed itself incorporates a loading length of 110 cm. An additional 60 cm of space is provided when the tailgate is opened.
Beyond the new rear-end, the Startech Range Rover pickup utilises an aggressive widebody kit which incorporates flared front and rear wheel arches. An entirely new front fascia has also been installed with new LED daytime running lights while new side skirts, air vents and a diffuser rear diffuser are also present. Elsewhere, large Monostar S forged wheels measure 23×11 at all four corners have been installed and are wrapped in 305/30 rubber.
Beneath the skin, the Startech Range Rover pickup features an exceptionally potent supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine delivering 526 hp and including a custom exhaust system.
“World premiere at the 2015 Auto Shanghai show
STARTECH Pickup based on the Range Rover
In front of the opera house, on the magnificent boulevards of this world or in off-road driving over hill and dale: a Range Rover always cuts a
splendid figure! STARTECH (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 20 41 / 7744 555, fax + 49 / (0) 20 41 / 7744 544, internet
www.startech.de), a BRABUS Group company, adds yet another talent as an exclusive transport specialist to the many virtues of the British
all-wheel-drive car: the STARTECH Pickup based on the latest Range Rover celebrates its world premiere at the 2015 Auto Shanghai show.
The exclusive multi-purpose super car is powered by a five-liter eight-cylinder supercharged engine rated at 387 kW / 526 hp. It pushes the STARTECH
Pickup from rest to 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds. Top speed is limited electronically to 250 km/h.
The refined transport specialist impresses with its versatility and superior performance. But what’s more: the STARTECH REFINEMENT WIDEBODY bodywork
conversion with a host of genuine carbon-fiber highlights allows installing 23-inch forged wheels. The interior, which was likewise given a new look
in the company upholstery shop, sparkles with a mix of the finest leather, Alcantara and carbon-fiber elements precisely color-coordinated with the
The Range Rover is converted into one of the world’s most exclusive pickups following the best coach building tradition that was once common for
English luxury cars in particular. The STARTECH engineers and constructors employed state-of-the-art technology to develop the conversion from a
five-door car to a classy transport specialist with pickup bed. This not only ensures lines that are visually integrated into the original vehicle
design in an equally striking and harmonious fashion, but also that the body has the same torsional rigidity as the base car.
The elaborate nature of the STARTECH body conversion is demonstrated by the mere fact that the transformation from an off-roader to a pickup
required designing and manufacturing no less than 100 bodywork components from aluminum, carbon fiber and steel.
The pickup offers five comfortable seats and is thus just as spacious as the original vehicle. The STARTECH sheet metal specialists integrated a new
rear bulkhead with heated tinted rear window behind the individual seats in the back. The wall to the pickup bed is invisibly welded to the new
shorter roof skin, which like on the production seems to be floating on air, and to the also newly developed C-pillars. Despite the shortened roof,
the panoramic sunroof is fully retained.
The plastic-lined pickup bed is almost square and with the tailgate closed offers a loading length of 110 centimeters. When the tailgate is opened,
either by remote control or by a push of a button in the cockpit, another 60 centimeters are available for carrying cargo. Consequently, the STARTECH
Pickup offers plenty of space for golf or other recreational equipment. Especially customers from the Arab region like to use the pickup bed also for
transporting a securely fastened cage that holds their falcons for the hunt.
In hallmark STARTECH fashion this pickup conversion also sports a host of detail solutions. For example, the carbon-fiber side trim that provides the
transition from the C-pillars to the tailgate is more than just visual decoration: in conjunction with the STARTECH roof spoiler adapted specifically
to the new shape of the roof they also reduce turbulence created by the relative wind at high speeds. This design feature also plays a role in the
safe transport of the particular cargo. The billet aluminum elements in the tailgate likewise demonstrate a great love of detail: they too are not
just decoration, but are also designed to help securely strap down the cargo.
The STARTECH bodywork conversion is executed to OEM quality standards and is independently safety-certified. The one-of-a-kind STARTECH warranty of
three years, up to 100,000 kilometers (see STARTECH Warranty Terms and Conditions, updated June 2013) vouches for the outstanding quality of the
Incidentally, the STARTECH Pickup concept goes beyond merely offering functional and visual advantages: in many countries of the world luxury cars
such as the Range Rover are subject to high import duties and luxury taxes. The conversion to a pickup means that the STARTECH multi-utility vehicle
meets the prerequisites to be registered as a commercial vehicle in many countries, which often eliminates these fees when the vehicle is imported.
As a result, despite the elaborate conversion, the exclusive STARTECH Pickup may be cheaper for owners in such states than a production luxury SUV.
The all-wheel-drive car with pickup bed is visually even more extravagant in the STARTECH WIDEBODY version, which was designed for the current Range
Rover with short or long wheelbase. All components of this aerodynamic-enhancement package are made in OEM quality from PUR-R-Rim to ensure a perfect
fit. For adding markedly sporty highlights, the STARTECH REFINEMENT program offers a host of additional carbon-fiber elements, which in particular on
the fire-engine red show car for the 2015 Auto Shanghai show perfectly complement the components of the pickup conversion manufactured from the same
The face of the STARTECH Pickup is even more striking thanks to the front fender flares and the STARTECH WIDEBODY front bumper that replaces the
production bumper in its entirety. This impression is further boosted by the integrated LED daytime running lights or LED side markers and the
smallest LED front fog lamps currently available on the market. The integrated front spoiler and the side air deflectors reduce aerodynamic lift on
the front axle at high speeds and consequently improve handling stability. More markedly sporty highlights are added by the radiator grille and
clear-coated carbon-fiber trim on the hood.
The side view is dominated by the typical pickup lines at the rear and by the curved STARTECH front and rear fender flares, which are harmoniously
tied together by door components that extend all the way to the rocker panels. Carbon-fiber trim for the stylized gills on the front doors and the
side mirrors as well as carbon-fiber inserts for the door trim and the stylized rear air intakes lend the four-door car a touch of motor racing flair.
To match the powerful appearance of the STARTECH Pickup, the 80-mm wider fenders offer room for the largest and moreover technologically outstanding
STARTECH wheels: as a contrast to the red paintwork, the STARTECH Monostar S forged wheels of size 11Jx23 were painted black. These wheels feature an
unusual design with dimensionally offset cross-spokes that extend all the way to the outer edge of the wheel flange and are fitted with
high-performance tires of size 305/30 R 23. The high-tech forging technology used for the production of these wheels is just as special and
sophisticated. It achieves extremely high strength despite the enormous weight savings over a cast wheel of identical size.
The STARTECH suspension module for the standard air suspension allows lowering the ride height of the pickup by 30 millimeters at the push of a
button in the cockpit when driving on paved roads. This makes the all-wheel-drive car even sportier and safer to drive. For comfortable ingress and
egress or for operating in terrain, the ride height of the vehicle can be set to the production level.
The rear end of the vehicle is redefined visually not only by the conversion to a pickup bed: the standard bumper is replaced in its entirety with a
complete STARTECH rear bumper. The diffuser is made from clear-coated carbon fiber to match the bodywork concept. This aerodynamic-enhancement
component accommodates the dual tailpipes of the STARTECH high-performance exhaust system with hallmark STARTECH styling. The exhaust system features
active electronic control of the V8’s exhaust note from the cockpit ranging from decidedly sporty to subtle. What’s more: the sophisticated
exhaust-gas routing achieves an additional increase in power output by 12 kW / 16 hp.
The interior of the pickup too was elaborately refined the STARTECH way: dashboard, seats and door panels were covered with fine and especially
breathable black leather in the STARTECH upholstery shop. Red stitching precisely color-coordinated with the exterior and diamond-shaped quilting of
various parts give it an especially exclusive design. The headliner is made from black Alcantara. Carbon-fiber applications with the same surface
structure as the aerodynamic-enhancement components continue the bodywork design in the interior.
It goes without saying that the STARTECH Pickup is also offered with all other available Range Rover engines and in any color or interior variant.”