The Range Rover used to be the world’s only true luxury SUV since it is comfortable, capable, and discreetly aristocratic. Simply, it’s the preferred off-roader. However, with the arrival of Rolls Royce’s giant Cullinan crossover and Bentley’s Bentayga, the game has changed. Range Rover now has big competition.
This explains the launch of the quickest and one of the most expensive Range Rovers ever: the 2017 SVAutobiography Dynamic. The $200,945 SVAutobiography tops the current Range Rover lineup and appeals to buyers who want to luxuriate in decadent comfort. SVO boss Mark Stanton said that there is a small but affluent group of customers who want both maximum luxury and more driver appeal in their SUV. Since they wouldn’t buy a Range Rover Sport nor the Range Rover Sport SVR, would be the Range Rover for them.
The SVAutobiography is a slightly recalibrated version of the 550-hp Rover’s SVR engine, tohether with many of its ultra-lux interior accessories, but they’re all packaged in a standard-wheelbase Range Rover body with distinctively calibrated suspension and steering.
The SVAutobiography Dynamic is more laid-back than the Range Rover Sport SVR but that doesn’t mean it’s slow.
For a 5,400-pound-plus SUV, 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds is rather exciting. These numbers don’t tell you, however, is how quick the SVAutobiography is on the road compared with a regular full-size Range Rover. The secret is in the 41 lb-ft increase in torque to 502 lb-ft. The slight hesitancy in the acceleration characteristic of the standard model is now gone.
The Dynamic’s ride height has been lowered 0.3 inches, thus all the suspension geometry is changed. To accommodate more sporty on-road driving, the steering knuckles, roll-bars, and damper rates have been changed. Standard wheels are 21 inches, but the ride is better than expectedeven on the optional 22-inch wheels and low-profile tires.
The interior is packed with beautifully diamond-quilted leather and highlighted with sparkling metalwork. The dash and door panels feature a black surface, and the rotary shifter features a thin red band. The standard equipment includes 20-way adjustable heated front seats, lane keeping and blind spot warning systems, the top-level InControl Touch Pro user interface with a 10.2-inch screen and the epic 1,700W Meridien Reference Sound System.
Handsome and awesomely capable the SVAutobiography Dynamic is a great car. For some, this will undoubtedly be the Range Rover they’ve been waiting for. It doesn’t come cheap, though. The SVAutobiography Dynamic’s base price is $171,900. But as SVO insiders point out, many current Range Rover owners also own Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Porsches and Ferraris. For such customers, buying a Range Rover won’t be a problem.