Range Rover. These two words evoke a sense of pride. Add to them ‘Autobiography’ and you have an even greater sense of pride. But how about adding SVAutobiograohy and Dynamic? It is perhaps the longest name ever to any vehicle ever produced on planet earth. The official name is principally: Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic. It sounds like a blend of ego, pride and, most significantly, an expensive jewel from the British automaker.
I flew to London to lay my hands on this expensive jewel. What was the outcome? To whom is this car targeted?
Land Rover has reinforced Range Rover’s status as the world’s finest SUV with the introduction of advanced autonomous driving technologies and an all-new model from Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) – the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic.
Since it redefined the luxury SUV sector more than 46 years ago, Range Rover has achieved more than one million sales and sits at the pinnacle of the Land Rover family. Range Rover’s unique combination of peerless refinement, timeless design and unrivalled all-terrain capability has seen it used to transport Royalty, undertake gruelling expeditions and even developed into a high security fortress in the form of the armored Range Rover Sentinel.
The original classic model debuted in 1970 and over four generations the luxury SUV has established itself as a design reference, representing the ultimate in all-terrain luxury. The new SVAutobiography Dynamic brings new levels of performance to the Range Rover, powered by a 550-hp V8 supercharged engine. Building on the successful launch of the long-wheelbase Range Rover SVAutobiography, the SVAutobiography Dynamic is available exclusively in standard wheelbase specification and comes fitted with a specially configured suspension designed to optimize agility without compromising Range Rover’s trademark refinement and comfort.
The 2017 Model Year Range Rover also debuts a selection of innovative new technologies, which provide the building blocks towards fully autonomous driving. The innovative features include Advanced Tow Assist – an intelligent driver aid, which takes the stress out of reversing a trailer – in addition Driver Condition Monitor and Blind Spot Assist, which autonomously steers the vehicle back into its lane if sensors detect the driver is steering into the path of another road user, are added to an extensive selection of advanced safety features.
Interior changes include a new, larger 10-inch dual view touchscreen display, powered by Land Rover’s market-leading InControl Touch Pro system. The pinch and zoom tablet-style touchscreen provides a host of new features including customizable homepages, enhanced satellite navigation functions and instant access to the driver’s favorite apps.
What is the SVAutobiography Dynamic?
The SVAutobiography Dynamic is the most powerful production Range Rover. Its potent 550-hp 5.0-liter V8 supercharged engine is shared with the acclaimed Range Rover Sport SVR. The engine has been specifically calibrated for the flagship Range Rover and delivers 680 Nm of torque, powering the SVAutobiography Dynamic from zero-to-100 km/h in only 5.4 seconds. It is paired with ZF’s eight-speed automatic transmission for seamless gear changes and supreme performance.
The interior takes Range Rover to new heights of desirability and refinement. Diamond quilted leather seats with contrast stitching are available in four exclusive colorways, which complement the Ebony perforated leather headliner, giving an immediate impression of luxury. The front fascia and door casings feature a Grand Black veneer, with an additional Red keyline finish on the door casings. In addition, key features, such as the rotary shift controller, start/stop button and pedals have a sophisticated knurled finish. Underlining its dynamic positioning, the paddle shifters are finished in anodized red (except when specified with a tan interior), while the driver’s handbook is bound in quilted leather chosen to match the interior.
The new addition to the range is identified by a series of unique exterior features. The side vents, bonnet finisher, grille, front bumper accents, Range Rover script and tailgate finisher are all finished in Graphite Atlas. Customers have a choice of 21- and 22-inch alloy wheel designs, as well as three unique finishes. The SVAutobiography Dynamic is also the first Range Rover available with eye-catching red brake calipers and Brembo brake technology.
Jaguar Land Rover’s SVO division has fine-tuned the suspension to achieve the optimum combination of performance and comfort. Revisions to the knuckles, links, springs and dampers provide a lower ride height (8 mm lower than standard) and more immediate responses.
SVAutobiography Dynamic also features two driver-focused technologies designed to deliver improved body control and agility. Dynamic Response improves vehicle handling and occupant comfort by reducing the amount of body lean during cornering. The system controls the front and rear axles independently; delivering increased low-speed agility, superior high-speed stability and greater steering precision. Adaptive Dynamics monitors vehicle movements up to 500 times a second, reacting to driver inputs and changes in the road surface to provide greater control without compromising Range Rover’s peerless refinement.
In keeping with its more purposeful character, the SVAutobiography Dynamic features bright chrome quad tailpipes that have been optimized to enhance its distinctive V8 soundtrack.
What’s new with the RR SVAutobiography Dynamic?
Low Traction Launch
A manually selectable driving mode designed to assist drivers when pulling away from a standstill on slippery surfaces such as wet grass, snow or ice. By controlling the amount of torque that can be applied by the driver, the system reduces the likelihood of wheelspin to maintain traction and ensure smooth acceleration.
The feature can be accessed independently through the central touchscreen and the driver is prompted to engage Low Traction Launch whenever Grass/Gravel/Snow mode is selected using Terrain Response 2. The system remains active until the vehicle reaches 30 km/h.
All-Terrain Info Center
Relays useful information to the driver relating to the vehicle’s configuration and status via the central touchscreen display.
Improved connectivity and intuitive interactivity
The introduction of Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment is a significant enhancement to the 2017 Model Year Range Rover. The class-leading system delivers improved satellite navigation functionality and connectivity while its more intuitive operation is augmented by the new, larger 10-inch dual-view touchscreen display.
Improved satellite navigation and services
The driver is able to view a partial or full navigation screen within the Virtual Instrument Display, depending on their preference. Rear passengers can also view the journey time and distance to destination using the built-in rear seat entertainment system and even browse navigation maps and send suggested destinations to the driver, who can choose to reject or accept them using the central touchscreen display.
Advanced safety systems
The new 2017 Model Year Range Rover introduces a host of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to the luxury SUV. Standard driver assistance technologies include Rear Park Distance Control, cruise control and speed limiter, and the optional Lane Departure Warning.
The additional Drive Pack includes existing features such as Blind Spot Monitor, and Reverse Traffic Detection, Driver Condition Monitor analyzes data such as steering inputs and road speed, as well as taking account of the time of day, to warn against driver fatigue.
The Drive Pro Pack takes the features from the Drive Pack and adds Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist and Intelligent Emergency Braking. New to the 2017 Model Year Range Rover is Blind Spot Assist, which automatically applies counter steering if the driver begins to change lane into the path of a following vehicle. Lane Keep Assist is another new feature for 2017 Model Year. It provides gentle, corrective steering input if it detects the vehicle drifting across the white lines out of its lane.
Unique colors and finishes for the most luxurious Range Rover
The level of personalization available for 2017 Model Year Range Rover is taken to new heights with the introduction of new exterior finishes available through Special Vehicle Operations.
The mix of 19 new colors gives customers a more varied choice of metallic and pearlescent colors, all available in either gloss or satin matte finishes. The additional options range from traditional shades to bolder, more contemporary choices. From spectacular, deep blacks to dramatic reds, the new colors perfectly complement and finish the design of the world’s most luxurious SUV.
What do I think of it? Well, it is the most luxurious Range Rover ever produced and surely the most powerful one. The SVAutobiography Dynamic will certainly target a small niche of very rich and distinguished people who want the Range Rover and the Sport one with the SVR badge. Those people who have eyes on the Bentayga will be drawn to it. Prices in the GCC start at USD $200,000 plus. Orders are open and deliveries should start around the second quarter of 2017.
Pros: Extremely luxurious cabin, perfect for daily drive, agile on open roads, superb performance
Cons: Expected to have F-TYPE SVR engine, long designation, and slight variations from the exterior
Rivals: Bentley Bentayga, Mercedes-AMG GLE63, Mercedes-AMG G63, Porsche Cayenne GTS
one word: jewel
5.0L, V8 supercharged, 550 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 680 Nm @ 3,500 rpm
4WD, ZF’s 8-speed auto
0-100 km/h: 5.1 secs, top speed: 250 km/h, fuel consumption: 12.78 L/100 km