In light of Range Rover's recent birthday (17th June), Land Rover has decided to celebrate with the release of this Autobiography Black Vogue 40th anniversary special edition model. And what a way to celebrate, with a 375kW, supercharged 5.0-litre V8 capable of pulling this beast from 0-100km/h in just 6.1 seconds.
The bespoke Barolo black is the perfect contrast to an array of aluminium, chrome and titanium-look additions. 20-inch diamond-turned wheels fill the arches while mesh gills and Titan front grille set the unique package apart from the usual Autobiography Vogue.
Just 700 examples of the special edition will be made with only 15 being reserved for Australian shores. Pricing is unclear at the moment but expect a premium over the standard $230,000 Vogue Autobiography price tag. For the many who will miss out on this special edition model, don't worry, more tech details on the upcoming 2011 Vogue have just been released.
As we mentioned a couple of days ago, there'll be a new 8-speed automatic transmission included in the new lineup, which incorporates Transmission Idle Control. This system neutralises up to 70% of the drive whilst the vehicle is stationary to aid fuel consumption - a bit like throwing it into neutral at the lights, except you don't embarrassingly try to accelerate off in neutral.
Another clever fuel-saving technology applied to the new model is something Land Rover calls Intelligent Power Management System (IPMS), which disengages the alternator when maximum battery charge has been reached. In other words, if the battery is fully charged, the alternator is relieved so it doesn't load up the engine by 'charging' the battery even though it's at full capacity. Perhaps a technology that should have been applied to all cars some time ago.
In addition to these revisions, the 2011 Range Rover is also equipped with the latest Gradient Acceleration Control system. This feature stops the car gaining speed during steep descents in a controlled and secure manner. There's also a feature called Hill Start Assist which allows the vehicle to commence ascent - mid-hill - with very little wheel spin.
In the cabin there's new reclining rear seats - five-seat luxury off-roading at its finest - and a kicking 1200 Watt, 19 speaker Harman Kardon Logic 7 audio system.
The new model is expected to go on sale some time earlier next year. If you can't wait that long though, contact your nearest Land Rover dealer to inquire about the Autobiography Black; it goes on sale in October. Better be quick.