2011 Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition
By Andrew Peterson
Few would dare to suggest the new Range Rover Autobiography Edition isn't a luxurious vehicle, but those seeking further amenities may prefer the new 2011 Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition, which will debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
Although based upon the current Autobiography trim level, Ultimate Edition models differ significantly aft of the B-pillars. A pair of adjustable bucket seats and a center console replace the standard three-passenger bench seat, while the console itself houses a drink cooler and a laptop table crafted from machined aluminum and Kalahari wood. The latter feature is perfect for holding a Bluetooth wireless keyboard, which can network with the Apple iPads embedded into the back of the front seats. If that isn't enough, the entire cargo area is finished with teak wood decking.
Like other Autobiography models, Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition models cosset passengers with semi-aniline leather seating, while Oxford leather adorns the door panels, dashboard, and steering wheel. Buyers can choose from either dark cherry or Arabica leathers, which are paired with machined aluminum and Kalahari wood trim accents.
When it comes to the exterior, the accoutrements are much less extensive. Buyers can choose from unique Roussilion Red, Otago Stone, or -- in select markets -- Santorini Black paint hues. Other touches include unique 20-inch diamond-turned aluminum wheels, a dark grille insert, and dark fender vents.
Abroad, the model will be available in both gas- and diesel-powered forms, but Ultimate Edition models destined for North America will only be fitted with a 510-horsepower, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Pricing for U.S.-spec models hasn't been announced, but European versions are expected to sticker for nearly $209,000. Even at those prices, expect demand to outstrip supply - only 500 examples will be built, and Land Rover plans on selling them across 20 different markets.