The SVAutobiography — that’s not a typo — sits at the pinnacle of a revised Range Rover line-up for the 2016 model year, and is designed to take “comfort, craftsmanship and refinement” to another level.
One might see this as the company’s pre-emptive strike against the likes of the forthcoming Bentley Bentayga, and perhaps even the Rolls-Royce SUV, both of which are angling to usurp the Rangie as the king of the luxury crossover market.
The SVAutobiography comes in both standard- or long-wheelbase variations — the latter of which is the likely rival to these aforementioned luminaries. View our 'regular' Range Rover LWB review, with video, here.
The SVAutobiography was crafted at the company’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) technical centre in the UK, which is also focused on either making sportier versions of the Jaguar Land Rover line-up — see the Range Rover Sport SVR — or concepts such as the Jaguar Project 7.
“Range Rover originally defined the luxury SUV segment and the new SVAutobiography, developed by Special Vehicle Operations, takes Range Rover to another level of comfort, craftsmanship and refinement,” claims SVO managing director John Edwards.
Notable exclusive features to the SVAutobiography include an upscaled version of the existing supercharged V8 Range Rover model’s 5.0-ltre huffed V8, which climbs 30kW and 55Nm to 405kW/680Nm. The engine is matched to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission
Buyers can also choose the familiar SDV8 diesel, which punches out 250kW and a mammoth 740Nm of torque. Range Rover claims fuel consumption of only 8.4 litres per 100km on this variant.
Differentiating the SV is a Duo-tone bofy colour option that combines a Santorini Black upper body with one of nine lower body colour choice. There’s also polished chrome on the grille at the front and quad-pipes for the 405kW petrol V8 version at the back.
Inside the cabin are various instrument surrounds and controls made from solid aluminium, powered deployable rear tables, a chiller, aluminium coat hooks and seat rail finishers and deep-pile mohair carpet mats.
You can also add a sliding rear floor made of aluminium and covered in a choice of crafted veneers, which extends rearwards. You can also get Event Seating, which comprises two Windsor leather-trimmed seats that stow in the luggage area and fold out.
One can truly view the polo, or watch one’s children at their private school sports events, in style.
As mentioned, the SVAutobiography serves as the highlight of a revised MY16 Range Rover line-up.
Change to other variants include: the addition of Range Rover’s largely automated All-Terrain Progress Control on SDV8 versions, the option of 22-inch Dunlop QuattroMaxx performance tyres, a new and improved Surround Camera System with crisper graphics, and an integrated washer jet for the rear camera.
There’s also a new gesture-controlled tailgate, and Automatic Access Height — a system that automatically lowers the vehicle once it’s parked so assist entry/exit.
The Range Rover SVAutobiography, along with the updated Range Rover 2016 Model Year line-up, will be on sale from Q4, 2015. Pricing will be announced in the coming months.