Limited-run luxury SUV features space-themed appointments, and will be exclusively offered to Virgin Galactic's future astronauts.
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Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations has taken the wraps off a special-edition Range Rover that could be considered 'out of this world'.

Co-developed with Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson's space exploration division, the Range Rover Astronaut Edition features special appointments inside and out inspired by outer space.

The exterior is finished in a unique Zero Gravity Blue, which Land Rover says is inspired by "the depth and intensity of the night sky", while the exterior puddle lamps project a silhouette of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.

Astronaut Edition badging completes the exterior look.

Meanwhile, the interior features a "crafted piece of the spaceship's front landing skid, which has been re-purposed to form two discs within the front cupholders, with one has 'See you up there' engraved in it – referencing a quote Richard Branson regularly says to his fellow Future Astronauts – while the other features details of the space flight.

Land Rover says these rings can be swapped out with part of the wooden skid from the customer's own spaceflight, inscribed with the specific details of their adventure.

Other bespoke touches included in the Range Rover Astronaut Edition include a 'DNA of Flight' graphic on the carbon-fibre centre console drawer line, with a similar motif also debased into the leather rear armrest. Solid aluminium door handles feature Virgin Galactic's Future Astronaut community constellation pattern, which also features on the rear of the front headrest and above the glovebox.

Customers can also have their initials stitched into the headrests, should they wish.

Two powertrains will be offered with the Astronaut Edition: Land Rover's P400e plug-in hybrid which offers up to 42km of electric range, or the company's familiar 5.0-litre supercharged V8.

"Land Rover vehicles have been part of daily life for the Virgin Galactic team since the launch of the partnership in 2014," said Gerry McGovern, chief design officer for Land Rover.

"The Astronaut Edition Range Rover is the next step on this journey and the chance for the Future Astronaut Community to celebrate our two brands’ shared values of pioneering spirit and true sense of adventure. This vehicle really will take them Above and Beyond."

Pricing hasn't been announced for the limited-edition Range Rover, though we'd wager it'll cost a pretty penny.

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