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Super-special Range Rover for NY show

2015-03-31 10:40

PEDIGREED FAMILY: The new Range Rover SVAutobiography, Jaguar says, will wow motorists with its sophistication and performance. Image: Jaguar

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Land Rover's Evoque cabriolet is in production and may be shown later in 2015. Spy photographers captured images of a prototype at the Nurburgring.

  • Most powerful Range Rover
  • Distinctive duo-tone paint
  • Powertrain enhancements

Land Rover Jaguar will unveil its Range Rover SVAutobiography at the 2015 New York International Auto Show with extra luxury, design sophistication and performance added to an already enhanced line-up. The show will open April 2 - just in time for Easter.

The SVAutobiography, assembled at JLR's Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre in England, has, the company says, unique exterior design touches, an exclusive premium leather cabin with unique trim and the option of a 412kW, five-litre, supercharged V8 engine.

For the first time on a Range Rover, buyers will be able to specify a duo-tone body colour option on this wagon that replaces the Autobiography Black at the top of the Range Rover brochure.

CHALLENGING THE TERRAIN

The wagon can be identified by special bonnet lettering and a tail door bearing with the new SVAutobiography badge behind which is a new sliding floor which brings the boot into the open for loading and unloading.

The all-aluminium V8, also used in the high-performance Range Rover Sport SVR, has been re-tuned for the SVAutobiography to make 404kW/680Nm compared to existing V8 supercharged Range Rover derivatives. With maximum torque at 3500rpm and a smooth and sophisticated ZF eight-speed auto transmission, the SVAutobiography provides performance, in-gear flexibility and refinement, on pretty much any terrain.

VIDEO: Range Rover SVAutobiography in action

The SVAutobiography treatment can be given to the full portfolio of Range Rovers: TDV6, SDV6 Hybrid, SDV8, and SCV6 supercharged derivatives, with increases in efficiency and performance for 2016. For the first time, North America will have a turbodiesel alternative.

Other general improvements to the Range Rover have come with the SVAutobiography: the SDV6 Hybrid has an even cleaner exhaust and SDV8 derivatives now offer advanced stop/start and claim 8.41 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 219g/km. 

"Unrivalled off-road capability," the automaker says, "is a hallmark of Range Rover but sister Land Rover has provided even greater confidence for customers by extending the availability of its innovative All-Terrain Progress Control system to include SDV8 models. 

For the first time 22" Dunlop QuattroMaxx performance-optimised tyres (where available) can be fitted to Range Rovers.

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