JLR Announces New Range-Topping Rover, the SVAutobiography
Flagship Luxury SUV Combines Best of Both Worlds
In the luxury-SUV segment, some would argue that you can’t get more exclusive than the Range Rover, particularly when trimmed in its ultra-luxurious Autobiography package. And again, in terms of performance SUVs, there’s nothing faster around a racetrack than a Range Rover Sport SVR. Well, if you want the best in terms of both luxury and performance, Land Rover has you covered with the new Range Rover SVAutobiography, which starts at $199,495, plus $995 destination.
Built by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), the SVAutobiography receives a heart transplant in the form of the SVR’s 550hp, 502–lb-ft 5.0L supercharged V-8, making it the most powerful fullsize Range Rover in the model’s history. Making 40 more horses and 41 more lb-ft than the “standard” Autobiography’s supercharged V-8, the SVA still maintains the same fuel efficiency, as long as you’re not digging into that accelerator much. (We can tell you from personal experience that the engine’s intoxicating engine note and ridiculous thrust will make that last caveat extremely hard to live by.)
As with all other Range Rovers, ZF’s excellent eight-speed automatic transmission backs up the SVA. In other applications, this transmission offers smooth shifts and excellent gear selection, so we expect great performance from the power-plus Range Rover.
The Range Rover SVAutobiography is only available in the model’s long-wheelbase configuration, and it replaces the Autobiography Black in the model’s lineup. As such, you can expect ridiculous amounts of luxury and exclusivity from the SVA. Two-tone exterior paint is optional, with a Santorini Black upper body combining with one of nine color choices for the lower body. Unique hood lettering and tailgate badging set the SVAutobiography apart from its lesser brethren, while a Graphite Atlas grille inset with polished chrome gives the front end a surprisingly subtle, sophisticated mien.
Inside, authentic materials adorn most of the driver and passengers’ touch points. Most of the interior knobs and switches are made from knurled aluminum (a classic British touch), while rear seat passengers enjoy individual bucket seats, a beverage cooler, and power-deployable tray tables. Genuine aluminum is used for the seat rail finishers and coat hooks, and deep mohair carpeting provides a comfy place for your driving moccasins to rest. Even the cargo bay can be had with a sliding rear cargo floor trimmed in aluminum and wood.
Hanging out at the top of the pecking order, the Range Rover SVAutobiography joins an all-new mid-range HSE model. Making 380 hp from its supercharged V-6 (shared with the similarly new Range Rover Sport HST), the HSE is an intermediate step between the 340hp Range Rover and the 510hp Range Rover Supercharged. The 2016 Range Rover will also be available with the brand’s first U.S.-bound diesel motor, a 3.0L turbocharged V-6 that will produce 254 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque while achieving 28 mpg on the highway. Other new Range Rover features for 2016 include expanded functionality within the vehicle’s smartphone app and more on-board telematics, including emergency services, roadside assistance, remote starting, and remote door controls.
With two different gasoline engines making four different levels of power, plus an efficient and torquey turbodiesel, the 2016 Range Rover lineup (available this fall) should be able to offer something to everyone who’s looking for a high-zoot, two-row SUV. Until Rolls Royce, Bentley, and Lamborghini bring out their pricey high-riders, Land Rover seems to have the market all to itself.
Source: Land Rover