Land Rover has given the world’s most beautiful mid-size SUV more performance, luxury and exclusivity with the introduction of the limited run Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition.
The new model is the pinnacle of the Velar line-up. It is the work of Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations. The car has a 550PS 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine with a range of unique design enhancements. Adding to its exclusivity, this distinctive model will be available to purchase for one year only.
Velar was named World Car Design of the Year at the 2018 World Car Awards
It is the second model in the Range Rover family to wear the coveted badge. The first was Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic – its introduction was in 2017.
This Limited Edition is the most powerful Velar with its supercharged V8 engine. It accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds (0-60mph in 4.3 seconds). The car is capable of 274km/h (170mph), while cosseting customers with traditional Range Rover refinement and comfort.
Uprated brakes and suspension components, plus bespoke settings for everything from the powertrain to the safety systems, ensure the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition mixes the personality of a performance car with the go-anywhere capability of a luxury mid-size SUV.
Michael van der Sande, Managing Director, Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, said:
“Developing the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is the kind of task Special Vehicle Operations was made for. The challenge here was to increase performance without compromising the composure, capability and refinement inherent in Range Rover Velar. We’ve done this and, in the process, created an SUV that strikes a brilliant balance between go-anywhere practicality, dynamic performance and relaxing comfort – it truly is an SUV for any occasion.”
The powerful new model is distinguishable by a range of visual enhancements and unique trim finishes. It delivers a more purposeful appearance as well as heightened attention to detail. Meanwhile, the car maintains Velar’s perfect proportions and distinctive silhouette.
On the outside, the award-winning mid-size SUV features include a new front bumper with larger air intakes to feed the V8 Supercharged engine and cool the uprated braking system.
Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said:
“Our continued evolution is driven by a relentless focus on creating highly desirable vehicles our customers will love for life. The new Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition amplifies the highly desirable nature of the 2018 World Car Design winner by introducing a compelling combination of heightened performance and luxury.”
Distinctive forged aluminium wheels provide another clue to the enhanced performance. The lightweight 21-inch design weighs the same as the 20-inch wheels on the core model. Customers can also specify optional 22-inch rims with a unique Silver Sparkle finish and diamond-turned edging, providing a further degree of personalisation.
The purposeful exterior is matched by a heightened sense of luxury inside
The twin-stitched, perforated and quilted Windsor leather is unique to the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition. It adds to the sense of luxury inside. Customers can choose from four colour combinations (Ebony, Cirrus, Vintage Tan and Pimento). The SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition also features 20-way adjustable heated and cooled front seats. Memory as well as massage functions are standard.
The special touches inside extend to the unique sports steering wheel. It features a specially contoured rim and tactile aluminium gear shift paddles. Lower down, the rotary gear selector and circular control dials for the seamlessly integrated Touch Pro Duo infotainment system all feature a sophisticated knurled finish. An optional carbon fibre pack for the interior adds a more contemporary feel to the cabin, with a distinctive steel weave, while sports pedals and illuminated metal treadplates with Range Rover script complete the look.
The work of Special Vehicle Operations focused on delivering increased breath of capability, maintaining Land Rover’s renowned all-terrain expertise while providing new levels of dynamic control and performance. Aside from far-reaching electronic tuning, upgraded anti-roll bars reduce body roll during hard cornering. Meanwhile, the revised set-up for the Continuously Variable Dampers works in combination with firmer air springs for the air suspension to deliver the ultimate balance of composure and comfort.
The AWD system has been uprated too with a transfer box capable of withstanding the higher loads generated by the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine
The advanced Intelligent Driveline Dynamics system precisely and imperceptibly distributes engine torque to suit the conditions. The set-up can direct as much as 100 per cent to the rear depending on the conditions.
Speed-sensitive Electric Power Assisted Steering is a standard. It minimises effort at parking speeds. The system delivers precise and direct control at higher speeds, while the Velar’s Dynamic mode has been enhanced. It also optimises the steering, suspension and transmission settings to suit more enthusiastic on-road driving.
The bespoke exhaust set-up reflects the unique character of the Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition as well. It provides a soundtrack to match the car’s performance. SV’s Variable Active Exhaust System features valve technology to optimise the exhaust note, depending upon the driving conditions. It also provides Velar with an unmistakable V8 rumble. The active set-up is 7.1kg lighter than the standard design. It also has increased gas flow which helps to unlock some of the flagship model’s increased performance.
The Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition sounds like no other SUV
But the most driver-focused model in the range is as practical as ever. The generous boot capacity is unaffected, while the flexible 40:20:40-split rear seats allow customers to vary the loadspace depending on their requirements. The 82-litre fuel tank also promises a genuine range in excess of 483km (300 miles).
The new Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is available in six exterior colours: Firenze Red; Santorini Black; Corris Grey; Fuji White; Indus Silver and, by special order, Satin Byron Blue.
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