Performance and luxury is the aim of the game for the latest Range Rover from Special Vehicle Operations - the SVAutobiography Dynamic.
The new addition to the Range Rover family fuses power and technology with luxury for the princely sum of £132,800. But what will you get for your hard earned cash?
The engine room
The SVAutobiography Dynamic is the most powerful non-Sport Range Rover yet. Under the bonnet is the 542bhp 5-litre supercharged V8 from the Range Rover Sport SVR, giving a top speed of 140mph and 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds.
SVO has fine-tuned the suspension, which is 8mm lower that standard, with revisions to the knuckles, links, springs and dampers.
Comfort and luxury by the bucket load
Clearly an effort to take a share of the market cornered by Overfinch, Kahn and Bespoke, the SVAutobiography Dynamic features lavish quilted leather seats with a choice of four colours. There’s also a choice of 21-inch or 22-inch alloy wheel designs in three different finishes and chrome quad tailpipes that let the V8 sing.
The opulent interior continues with black veneer front fascia and door casings with flashes of red throughout. The rotary shift controller, start stop button and pedals all have a knurled finish.
Outside, Graphite Atlas paint covers the side vents, grille, bonnet finisher, front bumper accents and ‘Range Rover’ lettering. Red brake calipers for the Brembo brakes complete the look.
Mark Stanton, Director of Special Vehicle Operations, says: ‘It’s our most luxurious Range Rover. We recognise there is a change in market out there. A number of our customers who want to buy Range Rovers are younger customers, they’re more interested in driving themselves and they’re looking for a dynamic experience, but they still want that ultimate luxury too. So what this car is about is that breadth of luxury and dynamic performance, and it’s more focused on the driver.’
Range Rover 2017
Other revisions to the Range Rover for 2017 include a new engine option and a host of new tech for 2017. The supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol from Jaguar is now available for UK buyers, boasting 335bhp and a 0-60mph sprint in 7.1 seconds.
Advanced Tow Assist will help when reversing a trailer by using cameras to mark easy to follow lines on screen or, if you’re feeling lazy, it will even do the whole manoeuvre for you. Low Traction Launch will aid getting out of a slippy situation by adjusting the amount of torque being sent to the wheels to help prevent wheel spin in mud, gravel or snow.
The new Drive Pack includes blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, Reverse Traffic Detection and Intelligent Speed Limiter which automatically adjusts the vehicle speed to match the surrounding speed limits. Driver Condition Monitor analyses data such as steering inputs, road speed and time of day to warn against driver tiredness.
The Drive Pro Pack takes all of the above and adds Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Blind Spot Assist, which automatically applies counter steering if the driver begins to change lane into the path of a following vehicle. Lane Keep Assist gives gentle, corrective steering adjustments if it detects the vehicle is drifting across the white lines.
Order books open at the end of 2016 - prices start at £76,350 for the TDV6 Vogue.