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SUV ARISTOCRAT: The Autobiography Ultimate Edition Range Rover may have a low-range transfer case, air-suspension and terrain-response; but it is even less likely to go off-road than its lesser siblings.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Land Rover
Model Autobiography Ultimate Edition
Engine 4.4l TDV8, 5l supercharged V8
Power 230kW, 375kW
Torque 700Nm, 625Nm
Transmission Eight-speed ZF
Although the premium SUV market has become increasingly crowded over the last decade and a half, one fact remains: the original luxury off-road conveyance is still, for many, the only choice - Range Rover.

Despite the more contemporarily styled Sport derivative appealing to new-money customers, Range Rover traditionalists know that if you want the ultimate in Solihull-built luxury, it has to be autographed.

Land Rover’s Autobiography brand is only applied to its Range Rover range. It is a badge of honour, celebrating luxury.

The package is, justifiably, billed as being the most luxurious Range Rover money can buy and if you peruse the 2011 specification (due for public debut at Geneva during the first week of March) you’ll no doubt agree.

The 2011 Autobiography Ultimate Edition’s exterior styling upgrades are subtle. It gains a darkened grille, colour-matching door releases and rather odd 20" alloy rims. To see where the value is, one has to look inside, where the cabin appointments differentiate it from series production Range Rovers such as the Sport and Vogue.


Styled and textured to represent the closest thing to a gentlemen’s club on wheels, the Autobiography Ultimate Edition features four individual bucket seats (as a proper limousine should), a centre console with deployable aluminium tray tables, drinks cooler and, as a concession to digitisation, a set of iPads docked in the front seatbacks to entertain the rear-seat occupants.

Leather trim abounds and is contrasted by ‘Kalahari’ wood veneer, although we think that is a bit of a marketing euphemism as the indigenous desert trees of the Kalahari are not really a well-known source of automotive wood trim...

To lend a nautical theme to the package, the Autobiography Ultimate Edition’s load bay has its traditional Range Rover carpeting replaced by a wood deck.

Powertrain options remain unchanged from the Vogue and Sport. If you hate stopping frequently to fuel-up en route to the game farm or coastal getaway, there is the 4.4 TDV8 (230kW/700Nm). If hot-hatch humbling performance is your requirement, five litres of supercharged V8 (375kW/625Nm) is good for 0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds. 

Land Rover will only produce 500 Autobiography Ultimate Edition Ranger Rovers. Prices later in 2011.


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