Land Rover has announced a flagship version of its Range Rover known as the SVAutobiography that will cost a staggering £150,000.
The 2016 Range Rover SVAutobiography is said to take the model to ‘even greater heights of design sophistication and levels of luxury execution’, replacing the range-topping Autobiography Black. It was announced at the New York International Auto Show.
Customers will be able to specify a ‘Dual-tone’ paintjob for the first time ever on a Range Rover, with Santorini Black on top and a choice of nine colours for the lower body. SVAutobiography badging can be found on the tailgate, while the front grille is finished in a Graphite Atlas colour and polished chrome.
The interior is where the most action has happened. Solid aluminium has been liberally applied in the cabin, including around the Stop/Start surround and rotary dials. There are also new armrest adjusters to make it easier to get comfortable.
At the back are luxurious seats capable of reclining, a chiller compartment for keeping your preferred beverage cool, deployable tables, solid aluminium coat hooks, mohair carpet mats and, if you so desire, a sliding loadspace floor for making it easy to load and unload things.
Perhaps best of all are the two Windsor leather seats with aluminium frames that fold out from the tailgate (we kid you not), giving you and one other person a comfy seat when parked. Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division, which is behind the SVAutobiography, calls it ‘Event Seating’.
The SVAutobiography can be specced with one of three engines, a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 taken from the Range Rover Sport SVR that outputs 550PS and 680Nm of torque, a more ozone-friendly SDV8 capable of 33.6mpg and 219g/km of CO2 emissions and a SDV6 Hybrid. An eight-speed ZF automatic transmission takes care of gears for all three.
Other notable extras include a ‘Gesture Tailgate’ that lets you access the boot without touching a thing, the InControl Remote Premium app for checking the fuel level and unlocking the doors from your smartphone, black Brembo brake calipers and an integrated washer jet for the rear camera used to help with parking.
The summer of 2015 is the time you will be able to get your mitts on this luxury powerhouse, priced from £148,900 – almost double the standard £74,950 2016 Range Rover. Better sell the house if you want one, then.