Land Rover Discovery – Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed

(car engine rumbles)
(people cheering) – Oi, mate, you like discos? No not the kind of jolly venture bold time big olde staying alive, I’m talking the river
crawling, terrane hauling, urban squawling kind of disco. This tall boy won the most grueling off-road competition eight years in a row. Made Land Rover a household
name across the world. It’s been tippin’ and
toppin’ on mountain tops for nearly 30 years. (car engine rumbles) (engine revving)
(horn honking) This is everything you need to know to be up to speed. It was just me the whole
time, your friend James. On the Land Rover discovery. (upbeat music) Big thanks to Keeps Hair Loss Prevention for sponsoring this episode. The sad fact is that
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since the last update. To add to their stress, the gas crisis of 1979 was quickly changing
the way the car industry operated around the world. Look guys, I know we
mentioned the gas crisis in almost every episode, but here’s the thing. It really f(beep)ked things up. I have to mention it. Lifestyle 4X4 was the name for smaller, more
efficient trucks and SUVs that young people and families could afford. A car that could hold all your kids and could get messy. One of the first groups
to jump on this trend was Japanese manufacturers. Models, like the Mitsubishi
Pajero, Isuzu Trooper, and Jeep jand kerakee, Jeep Grand Cherokee. Land Rover was getting, where is that guy? He hasn’t missed and episode in like a year and a half. If that guy was here he’s be like, “Actually James, Jeep
isn’t a Japanese brand!” and he’s be right. Because he’s always right, whether he is or not. Anyway! The Land Rover was getting pummeled all over the world by these Japanese and American 4X4s, mostly Japanese. Not only were they smaller and cheaper, they were chockfull of new tech an area the British Leyland had basically forgotten about for the last decade. Land Rover saw this “Motor Trend” copyright, trademark. And decided something
had to be done about it. Time for an upgrade! The Series III Land Rover was replaced by the Land Rover 110 and a year later, the Land Rover 90. They’re essentially the same car and later would be called The Defender. Rover improved upon the older Series III by offering a honkin’, big old 3.5L V8 known as the Rover V8. (truck engine rumbles) This was good news for farmers and rural Rover enthusiasts who needed, I guess that dude couldn’t
make it to the shoot, I hope he’s okay! Anyway, they needed “Mo’ power baby!” The high end Range Rover also received much needed upgrades. For the first time in history, the Range Rover, now, had leather trim. Hmmmm? An automatic transmission. Ahhh? And five beautiful doors! As opposed to the original 3 door model. Now, it wouldn’t be awkward to jump in the back seat! (James grunts)
Excuse me. Sorry guys. You in? They don’t offer a five door model You in? I don’t know why I’m in the back. (groans) You in? Do you like how I’m wearing my hat? I feel like a lot of are
gonna wear it like this in the future.
Okay we’re in. Oh, nope! But only for a while and then if you wear if you wear it like this after a while– (grunts) Can you hand me my seatbelt? Needless to say, the five door model ended up being so popular that they said “Eh, you know what? “You know what mate? Let’s discontinue “this three door Range Rover altogether. “No-one likes having
a butt in their face!” “Until you do! I’m cheeky! “I like a butt in my face sometimes! “Sometimes I like a big
ol juicy bum in my face!” The success of both vehicles was undeniable baby! Foreigners loved the Land Rover because of how many pigs they could fit in the back. And the rich people loved the Range Rover because of how many of
their pig like children they could fit in the back. But you might be asking yourself, James, what about all
the people in-between? I’m neither a farmer nor a rich pig-looking kid-having grown-up. Well Range had gone, so hard in two different directions that they now had a new problem they needed to deal with. They needed a volume car that they could sell to the masses. So Rover rolled up their, probably frilly, British sleeves, and got to work designing a third model that would appeal to a broader audience, particularly, the lifestyle demographic. This new model, code named Model Jay needed to be cheaper than the defender and Range Rover but just as competent. If not better at off-roading. It was a tall order to fill (laugh) but if they were successful, this third model might usher in a new generation of
Land Rover enthusiasts. So in late 1986, nine years before Post Malone was born. Production began on Project Jay and also the new Range rover, code named Pegasus, which is a buff horse with wings. Designing a new car is expensive trust me, I almost went bankrupt designing the Pumpfry 502 but designing two? Hella expensive! If Rover wanted to stay afloot they were gonna need to
make some sacrifices. And I’m not talking about eating your baby in order to become a witch. Which I did! Don’t ask! Rover shut down thirteen
plants, worldwide, to concentrate their efforts on developing and building their new
cars in Solihull, England. Things started to look bleak and it wasn’t clear if
over had enough cash to follow through with their project. But their luck was about to change with a little known isthmus between Canada and Mexico called America. Range Rovers had up until this point only been sold through the
gray market in the states but, in March of 1987, they finally became fully legal. And were an instant success! (cheers and clapping) rich 1980’s Americans like my parents bought them up like they
were going out of style. But they weren’t going out of style because a such classic design! With this new source of revenue, Rover felt confident, pushing forward with development. Project Jay was basically an economy version of the Range Rover. Features like the chassis, windscreen, inner door panels, body
panels, suspension, and 5-speed manual
gearbox were all borrowed. For better off-roading, they went with full time all wheel drive with a lockable center diff. The only thing to figure out was the name. Highlander and Prairie Rover were briefly thrown around and they even considered naming the car the Pumphrey Buttwagon. I promise. Before settling on the name Discovery. (people cheering)
(engine rev noises) the power plant Land Rover decided to put into the Discovery was the same classic 3.5L Rover used in the Range Rover. Despite the name Rover V8, this motor was actually designed by GM for use in Buicks before Rover adopted it. An optional 2.5L four
cylinder turbo diesel the 200TDI however, was a genuine Rover-developed engine. It could make 111 buff horses at 4000RPM and 105 torquey romanos. It was one of the first mass produced fuel-injected diesels and featured aluminum alloy cylinder heads that reduced both noise and weight. These engines are solid. And it’s pretty common to see them with over 300,000 miles on one. One of the only things
that set the Discovery apart from the Range
Rover was the interior. The styling of the cabin was done by Conran Design Group,
who were told by Rover, “Ignore current car interior design “and position the car as
a lifestyle accessory!” And quite frankly, they did a bang up job. Features like a sunglasses holder built directly into the steering wheel. Sick! And map pockets on the ceiling. Sick for back then. And a removable Discovery branded bag on the center console. Would still be sick today! They also designed the ceiling. And this is the coolest
part about Discoveries, they have two removable sunroofs and two things called alpine roofs that were basically sunroofs on the side. And they slathered the whole interior in sonar blue plastic and fabric. Which is way way different from the dark interiors that Rover usually dress their cabins in. (engine revving) (squealing tires) (Horn honking) the 1990 model year Discovery was finished just in time to appear at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show. And people hated it! Uh wait. I guess hate is the wrong word. What is that word that I was looking for? They loved it!
(party blowers blow) (people cheering)
People absolutely loved it. It was cool, it was
stylish, it had fricken graphics all over the side. People were psyched to see the first new Land Rover in two decades. The best part of this
Frankfurt Show was the hotdogs, but the second best part
was that an engineer from a Japanese competitor,
had to be escorted ofs the premises because
he was shaving fabric off the Discos interior to take back home and copy it. Not only was it youthful and trendy, it could perform better
than it’s competition. In an ironic M. Night Shamalanian twist, Honda ended up buying a 20 percent share in Land Rover in 1990. Honda sold re-badged Discoveries in Japan under the name Honda Crossroad. This was the first time Honda had ever re-badged a foreign vehicle and sold it as their own. It was that good. Success of the Disco was
largely in part because of it’s affordability but it was also due to how different it was from its upmarket brother the Range Rover. And it was made to get dirty. It had plastic that could be easily wiped down for you if
your baby puked in it. (baby pukes) Rover intentionally kept it as a 3-door to further distance it from its brother. Commercial director at
the time Chris Woodark summed it up pretty well saying “It’s a leisure vehicle not aimed at “the luxury sector at all. “Discovery is for yuppies
and the Range Rover “is for thems people
whose already made it. “Well, I’m gonna go skydiving now! “Let’s go boys. All right!” The Discovery was a cool family-oriented offroading car that everyone could enjoy. And it couldn’t have
come at a better time. Its launch basically insured the company’s survival into the 21st century. One of the coolest things about Series I Discovery is it had a million
different special additions that Camel Trophy was the
ultimate off-road Discovery that came in only sand glow yellow with tornado alloy wheels, bull bars, a roof rack and a (beep) damn snorkel. That’s right (beep) a
dammit (beep) snorkel. (engine revving) If you’re not with the camel trophy, it was a gurling off-road competition held on some of the most
challenging terrain on Earth. Place like Madagascar, Siberia, and the Amazonian River Basin. Land Rover had a reputation for
dominating this competition, and the Series I Discovery won every year from 1990 to 1997. (car engine rumbles) First disco was a part spin Frankenstein because of budget constraints, but Rover was able to put
a little TLC and money towards the upcoming refresh. Honda lent their knowledge to
help make Land Rover products and manufacturing more reliable. In 1991, they added a five-door
Discovery to their lineup. In 1993, the Discovery was the best selling 4xfur in Britain. It was out-selling the Isuzi Trooper, the Jeep Grand Cherokee,
and the Suzuki Vitara. Land Rover went from almost
broke to being on the top in like 10 years, so what you do? You keep it going, baby! In 1994, the Series I got a face-lift and an updated interior to
make it seem more “Car-like.” The Disco came with an
advanced advanced sound system, airbags for the first
time, both engines received more power, baby! The Diesel 200TDI was
replaced by a 2.5L, 300TDI and the 3.5L Rover V8
got board out to 3.9L. This also marked the first year the Discovery became available in the US. Around the same time,
BMW acquired Land Rover and their relationship with Honda ended. Investment in Land Rover
doubled, and work began on the second generation Discovery. In 1998, the Discovery Series II debuted. It was drastically different
than the first gen. BMW’s official count was 720 changes. Why they needed to mention that? I don’t know. They’re freakin’ German. And Germans like to do
shit(beep) like that. Rover got rid of the
three-door version altogether and now, only offered a five-door. For this gen, Land Rover wanted
two distinct trim levels. One for on-roading, and the other, for you guessed it, off-roading. (car engine rumbles) The V8 version now
featured featured the P38, 4L, V8, nicknamed the
Thor, from the Range Rover, later, it got a more
powerful 4.6L V8 in the US that made 225 buff horses and 280 pound feet of twen-erks, suh. (engine revs) Finally we get the cooler version. Suck it! The 300TDI was replaced by the TD5 engine, a 2.5L inline five. The TDI was electronically managed, with more useful torque at a lower RPM for when you’re driving
up a really steep incline to meet up with your coven, to do spells. The chassis and suspension
were upgraded with the help of BMW engineering. A hydrologic anti-robar system called active cornering enhancement, helped reduce body roll. The third generation,
named the Discovery 3, debuted in 2004. In the States and in the Middle
East, it was dubbed the LR3. No Ma, call me LR3. This was the every man’s off-roader. It had a mode called terrain response that was basically easy
mode for trial crawling. Alls you gots to dos is, press a button, and you’re freakin’ good to get, dude. The other three had fully
independent air suspension, it was adjustable for off-roading and can mimic the movement of a bean axle. Meaning, if one wheel dropped,
the other wheel would rise. Additionally, if the bottom
of the LR3 hit the ground, the computer would sense it, and raise the air bags another inch. This suspension was smarter than Nolan, and Nolan’s not even that dumb. (car engine rumbles) All the engines in the LR3s were derived from Land Rover’s step-sister Jaguar. (cat meows)
And their new daddy, Ford. The coolest engine offered in the LR3 was a Jaguar-derived 2.7L Turbo Diesel V6, which made 195 horse power,
with 325 pound feet of torque. This thing was a (sneezes) torque monster. Excuse me. The next refresh can out in 2009, named the Land Rover 4R,
LR4 here in the States, ’cause we’re so cool, we
didn’t use abbreviations. Most improvements were
mechanical and engine-based. The Land Rover was now owned
by an Indian motor group Tata. The LR4 exclusively
offered Jaguar engines. The 2.7L turbo diesel was upgraded to 3L. The later versions of this
engine made 252 turbo horses more than any other diesel
engine Land Rover ever! The gen four V8 option
is a big hockin’ 5L, makes 385 horsies, and 380 twerks. That’s almost horse pork. I think JFK said,
(“Star Spangled Banner” plays) “With great torque, comes
great gearsponsibility.” And that couldn’t be more true. The standard gearbox on the
LR4s is six-speed ZF automatic, but it’s available in a six-speed manual. (exclaims) and an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Which you know, I’m
really coming around to. I like paddle shifties. The LR4 also has an updated version of the train response mode
called “rock crawl mode.” (car engine rumbles) Why not? Land Rovers are supposed to be
the best off-roaders, right? The present generation
Discovery 5 de-butted at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. It’s rounder than it’s ever been. And barely distinguishable
from any other SUV on the road. One positive about the new gen is that it’s constructed
mostly out of Aluminum, or Alumin-ium because it’s a British car, and that reduces the
weight over 1000lbs from the previous gen. 1000lbs is a lot, I mean that’s like… Listen I know it shouldn’t
bother me this much, but that guy’s been in like,
every taping for the past year, and I mean, I’m already done
talking about the Discovery. I feel kinda weird. I might go take a nap. (electronic music) Okay, fine, twist my arm, long story short, I ate baby meat, and now I’m a witch,
so don’t mess with me, ’cause now, I’m a spooky
spooky witch with a cauldron, with spells and a cat. Yeah, we’re out there making potions. Anyway, I love you.


  1. Hope you feel better, James !

    Couple of things about this video :
    -The Land Rover Discovery won every Camel Trophy they were engaged in because they were the official and therefore main car of the event ;
    -The 2,7 l TDV6 is not from Jaguar but from a Ford/PSA partnership ; it was fitted in Peugeots, Citroëns, Fords, Jaguars and Land Rovers ;
    -From 18:55 to 19:08, you're showing footage of the Discovery Sport, which is to the Discovery what the Range Rover Evoque is to the Range Rover, but they awfully look alike…

  2. I'm very happy that you featured Portuguese videos on this video. Lande Rovers are like a nation in Portugal 🇵🇹

  3. My old man has had his 300tdi over 10yrs now, we've been around a lot of Europe in her and she just keeps ticking along.

  4. Welcome back James! Hope you do good and your student show up soon! We missed you both! Also could you do something about Nissan S chassis or Z chassis?

  5. i got a 96 4.6l land rover range rover hse. those came stock with the air suspension as well as many other things you did not mention.

  6. My aunt had a First gen disco and it sucked. Engine failure, oil loss, idleing like a bag full of screws – typically english Car.

  7. Disco “won” every camel trophy from 1990 to 1997 BECAUSE everyone in camel trophy compete with the SAME VEICLE. So, each year everybody gets the same car. No wonder that car won every time!!! Apart from first and last camel trophy, every single one were sponsored by Land Rover, and used Land a Rovers only, not only to compete but for support too.

  8. I'm African and therefore a negro, so it wont be rasist to say that the indians totally ruined the discovery with that new 2016 discovery LR5. That's why james metaphorically didn't speak about it. And I second him. It's actually annoying looking at the new model. It's almost like the designer purposely wanted to tank discovery sales. I better not personally meet with the new Land Roger CEO. Baby doodoo

  9. Mega disrespected the Td5 there, it was basically designed by LR, codenamed project Storm and BMW wanted to take the design of it and use it in their own line up.

    Plus it responds incredibly well to ECU tuning & hard-cut rev limiters that sound like popcorn. Search it up Td5 popcorn.

    Also I haven't seen a single V8 discovery anywhere and I go off roading a lot.

    The discovery also has thicker driver shafts than the defender and was offered both with the air suspension and ACE or traditional coil springs.

    You also only showed 1 graphic of the discovery 2.

    (This is all from the UK)

  10. Good to see you back buddy.
    take care of that heart and don't scare us again.
    all the love from your man from Romania 🙂

  11. Camel trophy was not a competition between cars. It was a competition between different teams from around the world.
    Land rover was sponsoring the event every year, and the teams were exclusively using land rover cars.
    So, no, land rover never "won" the camel trophy.
    That being said, the cars were amazing for this task, and land rovers reputation is largely built on the marketing it gained from this competition

  12. Glad to see you back James good to know your doing better stay strong and healthy and keep up the good work. We enjoy your fun and crazy entertaining videos….later bud!! ✌

  13. SO nice to see so much Portuguese footage on this video. I am working as Auto tech on a shop specialized on Rover / Land Rover vehicles and I love to work on Discovery´s.

    I am living my dreams and I am doing a big travel for one year, I going to have a stopover by Los Angeles for 2 days and I hope to visit Donut Media if it's possible.

  14. Does this mean James killed his old self? No more special guest mo powa babeh? Cos hes telling us hes gonna move toward a more healthy lifestyle? Not too lean nor too rich?

  15. Hmm I thought Land Rover came out with Range Rover classic hunter edition for normal people who aren’t rich but wanted to drive a Range Rover. These editions came with cloth seats instead of leather and no sunroof.

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