The new Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition, a hand-finished exclusive edition, will make its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The flagship model adds a handcrafted luxury interior, using specially selected soft feel natural leathers, to an interior renowned for being one of the finest in the automotive world.
In the new edition the driver benefits from the recognisable command driving position offering excellent visibility and comfort, and the rear passengers now experience first-class-style accommodation never before seen in a Range Rover. Two stand alone electric rear seats enhance space and comfort for the rear passengers, making the Ultimate Edition ideally suited to being a chauffeur vehicle. The addition of a rear console extension, including a machined aluminium laptop table, drinks chiller, and two Apple iPads as standard (the first car to do so), takes the Range Rover rear seat experience to new levels of luxury.
The luxury theme extends to the rear load space, with a yacht-inspired teak floor with metal and leather detailing. The interior story is completed with high-end semi-aniline leather seating and Oxford leather on the door casings, dashboard top and steering wheel. For the first time, Kalahari wood veneers are used on the facia and door top rolls and unique interior colourways of either dark cherry or Arabica are available
Two new unique exterior colours, either Roussillon Red or Otago Stone, are available along with body coloured door handles, dark atlas radiator grille and side vents to create a sophisticated finish. This Ultimate Edition is fitted with new and unique 20in multi-spoke, diamond-turned, alloy wheels, and unique tailgate badging. Customers also have the option of an Exterior Design Pack and deployable side steps. The classic Range Rover colour of Santorini Black will also be available as an exterior choice in some markets.
The all-V8 engine line-up includes the new 4.4 litre LR-TDV8 Diesel engine with a new eight-speed transmission incorporating Drive Select with paddle shift as standard. This LR-TDV8 combines superior power with 313PS, 700Nm torque whilst delivering even lower fuel consumption and 14% less CO2 emissions than its predecessor in line with the stringent EU5 emissions standards. The combined cycle fuel consumption of the new LR-TDV8 4.4-litre is just 30.1mpg, making this the first Range Rover ever to better 30mpg. The eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox tuned by Land Rover engineers to combine silky smooth shifting with exceptionally rapid response and improved fuel economy, takes the Range Rover from rest to 60mph in a mere 7.5 seconds and completes the 50mph-75mph dash in 5.1 seconds.
The LR-V8 5.0 Supercharged engine is also available delivering awesome power and torque, 510PS and 625Nm, propelling the Range Rover from 0-60mph in a breath-taking 5.9 seconds.
Both variants come with Land Rover's award-winning Terrain Response system, which optimises the vehicle set-up for virtually all on-road or off-road driving situations, with five different settings to suit different terrains including new Hill Start Assist and Gradient Acceleration Control.
The Ultimate Edition Range Rover Autobiography was designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK and exclusivity is assured as each vehicle will be built to customer order only. Only 500 units will be produced and sold in over 20 markets globally.