First announced at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, the flagship replaces the Range Rover Autobiography Black and adds even more luxury, design sophistication and performance. Additionally, other models in the Range Rover line-up also benefit from the addition of new technologies and features, as well as improvements to existing features. These include ergonomic enhancements, both inside and outside the vehicle, and automated features that have been requested by customers.
Exclusively crafted at Special Vehicle Operations’ (SVO) Technical Centre in the UK, SVAutobiography features unique exterior design enhancements, an exclusive premium leather interior with unique trim finishes and the option of a 405kW 5.0 litre V8 supercharged engine. As a result, the SVAutobiography is the most luxurious and powerful series-production Range Rover in the model’s successful 45-year history.
“Range Rover originally defined the luxury SUV segment and the new SVAutobiography … takes Range Rover to another level of comfort, craftsmanship and refinement,” said John Edwards, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations.
Available in standard and long wheelbase derivatives, the 2016 Model Year SVAutobiography takes the flagship Range Rover to even greater heights of design sophistication and levels of luxury execution. For the first time on Range Rover, customers are able to specify a unique duo-tone body colour option. The combination of Santorini Black upper body and nine colour choices for the lower body create true distinction and individualism.
The vehicle is distinguished by new Range Rover bonnet lettering and the tailgate is adorned with the new SVAutobiography badging. The unique front grille is finished in distinctive Graphite Atlas and polished chrome, further promoting its visual differentiation. On the most powerful 405kW supercharged V8 version, quad tailpipes subtly hint at the huge reserves of power available.
Much of the driver’s switchgear, including the start-stop surround and rotary controls, are machined from solid aluminium with beautiful knurled details, as are the foot pedals. This detailing continues to both the front and rear centre consoles, with distinctive materials for the cup holder and socket covers.
New armrest adjusters not only bring a similar level of machined detail, but also make them even easier to use. Rear-seat passengers relax in luxurious seating, with access to a chiller compartment and powered deployable tables. Solid aluminium coat hooks are incorporated into the rear pillars, while on the floor, aluminium seat rail finishers and deep twist pile mohair carpet mats complete the feeling of sumptuous luxury.
A leather-covered handbook and polished Autobiography key fob with knurled finish add to the executive touches.