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by David Zalstein

The Range Rover Evoque Special Edition with Victoria Beckham has been launched at the Beijing motor show.

The Victoria Beckham edition Evoque has been in the pipeline since 2010 when Range Rover announced the former Spice Girl, and now fashion designer and entrepreneur, would work with design chief Gerry McGovern and his team on an exclusive version of the compact luxury soft-roader.

The ‘posh’ Evoque is highly distinguishable thanks to its hand-finished matt grey paint contrasted against Santorini Black gloss finish on the roof, side sills, bonnet vents, wheel arches and forged 20-inch alloy wheels.

Further gloss black highlights are used for the Range Rover lettering, and fog lamp and exhaust surrounds. Darkened headlights and taillights add to the tough and stealthy appearance.

The limited edition Range Rover – only 200 vehicles will be sold worldwide – also features rose-gold accents on the wheels and ‘Evoque’ badging and on the new horizontal bar-design grille. The rose-gold theme continues inside on the climate control, around the Drive Select rotary shifter and on the hand-stitched leather owner’s manual wallet, which is also signed by Victoria Beckham.

The Range Rover Evoque’s four sport seats are finished in a semi-aniline Vintage Tan leather with hand-finished ‘baseball’ stitch detail that Range Rover says was chosen by Victoria as a “tongue-in-cheek reference to her sporting husband David”. The same leather continues over the door inserts, armrests and central storage unit lid.

Soft-feel black paint is used on the switchgear, piano black veneer is seen on the centre console, door handles and air vents, and dark machined aluminium is used to frame the centre console.

The Range Rover Evoque Special Edition also receives mohair floor mats, a microsuede headliner and an exclusive four-piece leather luggage set, which is lined in the same microsuede as the roof.

While the style of the special edition Evoque may have been tweaked, its underpinnings remain unchanged from the standard Range Rover Evoque meaning the same 177kW/340Nm all-aluminium 2.0-litre petrol engine is linked to a six-speed automatic paddle-shift gearbox. Land Rover’s Terrain Response and Adaptive Dynamics systems incorporating Range Rover’s MagneRide dampers are also featured. The Evoque manages a 0-100km/h time of 7.6 seconds while returning fuel consumption of 8.7 litres per 100km.

The first of the 200 vehicles will be allocated to Chinese customers, with Land Rover Australia currently evaluating consumer reaction to the vehicle before confirming whether any will be available down under. There is no word at this stage on a possible Geneva-style roofless version of the Beckham edition Evoque.

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