Climb into the most luxurious Range Rover ever.
Range Rover saves the “Autobiography” name for its premium luxury set-up with no option left unchecked. As TFL’s Roman Mica found out from his interview with Simon Turner of Land Rover USA, the SVAutobiography trim is a long wheelbase (LWB), super SUV. While this Range Rover still packs the off-roading tech found in the regular Range Rover, the SVAutobiography adds 7 more horsepower to Land Rover’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8 to top out at 557-hp and hit 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds.
From Roman and Simon’s perch in the rear seats with their 3.9-feet of legroom they walk us through just a few of the perks available to the chauffeured class.
- The ability to control the front passenger seat’s position via a control in the right rear door and move it forward for better leg room.
- Massaging quilted leather seats, of course
- A power-folding calf and foot rest — heated no less — that rises from beneath the seat to go with a reclining rear seat.
- A work-table that rises from the center console at the push of a button. Each passenger gets his or her own power outlet to boot.
- A refrigerator accessible between the rear seats that opens via a power sliding door.
- Push-button door closing. Why? Because the LWB’s rear doors are really long and who wants to stretch into the street to close the door?
- Ability to change the interior lighting for easier reading, tablet or computer viewing, or to chill out.
- Individual video screens for each passenger.
All this plus an even more extensive list of options can be yours for $207,900, chauffeur not included. You can get yours starting at the end of January 2018.
The Ultimate Land Rover Discovery (For Now)
At the other end of the spectrum, Land Rover showed off the Discovery SVX Concept. Instead of the supercharged V6 or turbo-diesel available in the current Disco, this one packs Range Rover’s 500-plus-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8. To go with that grunt the concept comes with beefier 20-inch Goodyear Wranglers off-roading rubber. Another cool feature: front and rear winches discreetly placed. An aftermarket afterthought they ain’t.
While the vehicle here is a concept, Land Rover did announce plans to offer a more off-road capable Disco in 2019, likely with many of the features Andre points out here. That’s for a SUV that is already pretty amazing off-road. Which leads us to wonder: Does that mean the upcoming Defender will be even more capable?