• Models celebrate British
NOT A FOOTBALLER'S CAR The Range Rover Evoque NW8 Special Edition looks cool with its 20" black alloy rims. Image: Newspress
• London suburbs used for styling cues
• Available in limited numbers
LONDON, England – Range Rover has festooned their smallest SUV: the Evoque with enough pomp and ceremony to make even the most ardent Brit eek in terror.
The British marque have squeezed out three Special Edition versions in a last hurrah before the new Evoque lands in SA later this year.
The new editions, Land Rover say, draw inspiration from historically influential neighbourhoods in London and are "are intended to attract discerning buyers with unique and fashionable cosmetic touches."
DRAPED IN THE UNION JACK
First up is the SW1 Colour Special Edition which benefits from co-ordinated features, inside and out, that draw their inspiration from south-west London. It uses the platform of the current Dynamic body in Firenze red with a contrasting white roof and gloss white 20-inch alloy wheel rims.
Union Flag graphics, in red, white and blue, take pride on the rear spoiler and the white external mirror housings.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Limited Edition Range Rover Evoque
Inside, Ebony leather upholstery, door inserts, arm rests and facia trim picked out with contrast Cirrus stitching. A stand-out anodised red finish is applied to the rotary shift controller and CommandShift paddles for the nine-speed automatic transmission.
Head restraints are finished with tags bearing the Union Flag colour graphic, as well as the carpet mats. As a finishing touch, the same motif, rendered in monochrome, is etched into the sill plates and vehicle key.
20-INCH GLOSS WHITE RIMS
The SW1 Monochrome Special Edition Evoque is a variation on the SW1 Colour, with all styling cues in black, white, and grey. Based on the Pure body style, it will be available only with a Corris Grey paint finish, and Santorini Black contrast roof. Again, Fuji gloss white 20-inch alloy wheel rims and the white tick decals feature, while the Union Jack adorns the rear spoiler and door mirrors is a monochrome variation.
Inside, the SW1 Monochrome is finished in Pure Ebony grained leather. Again there are smatterings of the Union Jack on the tread plates and keyfob, while the carpet mats are emblazoned with a black-and-white rendition of the British flag.
50 OF EACH HEADED FOR SA
Both SW1 Special Edition derivatives are currently on sale, with prices starting at R683 900 for the SW1 Monochrome, and R781 800 for the SW1 Colour, excluding CO2 taxes. Land Rover will only recieve 50 units of the duo and both use the 2.2-litre SD4 turbo diesel engine.
In June, these two models will be joined by the NW8, which is based on the Dynamic body style, and draws its styling inspiration from North West London. Only 1000 units will be built worldwide, with 50 destined for local shores.
The exterior of the NW8 is exclusively available in Fuji White paintwork with a unique Firenze Red Contrast Roof and matching rear flip spoiler, as well as red door mirror caps. The Range Rover lettering on the bonnet and tailgate is also given the eye-catching red treatment, while the 20" alloy rims are finished in gloss black.
ABBEY ROAD MOTIF
Other exterior items draw styling inspiration from the Black Pack, including the headlights and foglamps, tail-lamps, as well as wing vents and grille finished in Santorini Black. The NW8 is also distinguished by black rather than silver finished bumper inserts.
A unique Evoque graphic sets the NW8 apart from its special edition stablemates. The distinctive motif is inspired by the iconic Abbey Road zebra crossing and adorns the treadplates, seat tags and keyfob.
The Evoque NW8 Special Edition will be offered with both 2.2-litre SD4 turbo diesel and 2.0-litre Si4 turbo petrol engine.