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Land Rover has just announced it is adding yet another range-topping trim level to its popular Ranger Rover luxury SUV. Called the SVAutobiography, the trim level surpasses the Autobiography Black edition as the most well-appointed and most expensive trim level available. What’s more, the SVAutobiography comes with more horsepower and torque in its supercharged V-8.

The Range Rovers fitted with the new SVA trim will be built along side the “standard” Range Rovers and then finished at Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations Technical Center in the U.K. Each example will come with a trim-specific, two-tone paint job with Santorini Black paint covering the top and nine optional colors for the lower half of the body.

Beyond the exterior, the cabin is fitted with higher quality materials, including trim work milled from solid aluminum and real wood accents. Additionally, the Range Rover SVA comes with all the same upgrades slated for the rest of the 2016 Range Rover lineup.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography.

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Changing for 2016 on the Range Rover SVAutobiography is the special paint scheme uses only on this range-topping trim level.

The current Range Rover design is only a few years old, so Land Rover designers have left well enough alone. Changing for 2016 on the Range Rover SVAutobiography is the special paint scheme uses only on this range-topping trim level. The beltline that runs front the headlights rearward, bisectin the door handles and ending at the taillights provides the perfect border for the two-tone colors. Up top is the Santorini Black color that is present on each SVAutobiography. Customers with then choose between nine color choices for the lower half of the SUV.

Other updates include unique RANGE ROVER badging on the hood and tailgate, along with a new badge designating the SVAutobiography trim level. New wheels are also present.

Lastly, four chromed-finished exhaust tips protrude from under the bumper, hinting at this Range Rover’s more powerful engine.


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No one in their right mind would ever consider the Ranger Rover Autobiography’s interior to be “drab” or “lackluster,” yet Range Rover has cranked the level of luxury to 11. Nearly every inch of interior space is covered with even higher quality leather. What’s not covered in cow hide is either real wood or aluminum accents. The dashboard, for example, is coved in aluminum accents that where hewn from a solid chunk of metal.

Range Rover has cranked the level of luxury to 11

The story continues in the second row. The twin captain’s chairs now feature power-folding footrests that compliment the previously present reclining function. A manual folding table swings upward front he center console for each chair, allowing the rear occupants to check emails or order opera tickets via the built in iPads. Like previous Autobiography models, the SVAutobiography features dual TV Screens, a beverage cooler, and seats that feature heating, cooling, and massaging functions – both for rear and front seat occupants. Yep, this level of luxury is nearly unsurpassed.

Beyond the SVAutobiography upgrades, all the Range Rover trim levels benefit from upgrades for the 2016 model year. Those include higher resolution cameras for the Surround Camera System, a foot-activated rear hatch, and automatic Access Height.

Land Rover says the foot-activated rear tailgate features sensors at the corners of the bumper, allowing the operator to stand curbside without having to be directly behind the vehicle. Also the automatic Access Height works on its own to lower the vehicle two inches when placed in Park or the driver’s seatbelt is unbuckled. This air suspension setting was available in years past, but was never automatic.


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Making news under the hood is higher horsepower rating. The SVAutobiography features the same 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 as the standard Range Rover, but with a few tweaks for increased power.

Engineers reworked the programming in the Bosch engine management system and modified the operation intervals of the supercharger’s electronic bypass valve, the latter of which allows the Roots-type blower to generate more boost. The result is an additional 40 horsepower and 41 pound-feet of torque over the standard V-8. This equates to a total of 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque.

The V-8 now produces 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque

Fans of Jaguar Land Rover products will quickly notice those output numbers. They are the same figures found in the Jaguar F-Type R – a coupe that shares the same V-8.

Just as in year’s past, the V-8 is mated to the quick-shifting, ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Behind that lies Range Rover’s renowned full-time 4WD system with low range. Managing the transfer case, the air suspension, and all the electronic aides is Range Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system. By simply rotating a dial to one of five terrain scenarios, the system automatically adjusts the ride height, locking differentials, ABS, hill decent control, and ESP settings, and throttle responsiveness. When in certain modes, the driver can select the low range gears for added torque.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 5.0-liter supercharged V-8
Output 550 HP
Torque 502 LB-FT @ 3,500 RPM
Transmission ZF eight-speed automatic


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The Range Rover SVAutobiography isn’t cheap. It will boast a starting price of $199,495 when it goes on sale in the fall of 2015. That’s a large jump from the starting price of the standard Autobiography edition, which starts at $143,000.


Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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The Mercedes caters more toward those who flaunt their wealth and don’t need all the comforts or extra space of the Range Rover. The G-Wagon’s cabin is considerably smaller and less appointed. Reclining rear seats won’t be found here, nor will a complex air suspension. Despite this, the G-Wagon is pretty respectable in the dirt thanks to three locking differentials, its old-school 4WD system, and a body-on-frame design.

Power comes from a variety of V-8 and V-12 engines, each backed by a seven-speed automatic transmission. Pricing starts at $115,400 for the G550 while the G65 AMG starts at $137,150.
Read our full review here

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

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The Porsche caters to those who prefer performance over off-roading or outright luxury. Sure, the Cayenne has plenty of posh for its five passengers, but doesn’t’ include the same niceities as the Range Rover SVAutobiography. The Cayenne, however, is more inclined to win a trim down the drag strip or around the autocross course. Power comes from a 4.8-liter turbocharged V-8 that makes 520 horsepower. The trip to 60 mph only takes 4.2 seconds.

Prices start at $74,100 for the base Cayenne, but check the Turbo option box, and the price jumps to $113,600. Still that’s quite the bargain compared to the $200k Range Rover.
Read our full review here


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The addition of the SVAutobiography trim package shows just how popular these high-level SUVs have become. While only a small percentage of the world can afford to buy such a vehicle, the request for such a luxurious SUV in this niche market is undoubtedly growing.

It’s simply amazing how versatile the Range Rover has become. Not only is it a limousine with all the posh comforts of a mansion capable of blasting down the Autobahn at triple-digit speeds, it can also traverse some harsh terrain and deep water thanks to its excellent permanent 4WD system and air suspension. The Range Rover certainly is the jack of all trades.

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Press Release

Land Rover will unveil the Range Rover SVAutobiography at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, adding elevated luxury, design sophistication and performance to the flagship model line.

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Speaking ahead of the model’s world premiere in New York, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer Gerry McGovern stated, "With the SVAutobiography we have taken the opportunity to optimize the luxury execution and precision of the Range Rover while delivering beautiful detailing that considerably enhances the customer’s experience of our flagship vehicle."

Exclusively crafted at the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) Technical Center in the UK, SVAutobiography features unique exterior design enhancements, an exclusive premium leather interior with unique trim finishes and a 550hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine. As a result, the SVAutobiography is the most luxurious and powerful series-production Range Rover in the model’s successful 45-year history.

John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, said, "Range Rover originally defined the luxury SUV segment and the new SVAutobiography, developed by Special Vehicle Operations, takes Range Rover to another level of comfort, craftsmanship and refinement."

Replacing the Autobiography Black at the top of the Range Rover line-up, SVAutobiography is available with a powerful 550hp supercharged V8 engine. Shared with the Range Rover Sport SVR, and tuned specifically for the SVAutobiography, this potent engine produces an outstanding 550hp and 502lb. ft. of torque. Despite noticeable increases of 40hp and 41lb. ft. respectively, compared with existing supercharged V8 Range Rover derivatives, efficiency remains unchanged.

The key to the increase in performance of the SVAutobiography is the optimization of the Bosch engine management system and retuning of the Roots-type twin vortex supercharger’s electronic bypass valve, to increase maximum available boost pressure during high-performance driving.

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With maximum torque available at 3,500rpm and a smooth and sophisticated ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, the SVAutobiography provides a breath-taking blend of performance, in-gear flexibility and refinement. The ZF eight-speed automatic transmission continues to offer seamless gear changes and an adaptive-shift logic that intelligently adjusts to driver behavior. The advanced transmission can also be controlled via the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifts, ensuring the perfect combination of refinement and driver engagement.

A new exhaust system with distinctive quad polished chrome tailpipes ensures optimal flow rates and a subtly enriched engine note for this performance-oriented luxury model.

The 550hp engine has been engineered and optimized for unparalleled comfort and refinement, and features Brembo front brake calipers in gloss black finish.

Customers of the Range Rover SVAutobiography are able to specify a unique Dual-tone body color option. The combination of Santorini Black upper body and nine color choices for the lower body create true distinction and individualism.

The 2016 Range Rover SVAutobiography features unique hood lettering and the tailgate is adorned with new SVAutobiography badging. A new front grille is finished in distinctive Graphite Atlas and polished chrome, furthering its visual differentiation.

Much of the vehicle’s controls, including the start-stop surround, rotary gear selector and pedals are machined from solid aluminum with beautiful knurled details. This detailing continues to both the front and rear center consoles, with distinctive materials for the cup holder and socket covers. New armrest adjuster knobs feature a similar level of machined detailing.

Rear-seat passengers relax in luxurious seating complete with a beverage chiller compartment and powered deployable tables. Solid aluminum coat hooks are incorporated into the rear pillars while, on the floor, aluminum seat rail finishers and deep twist pile mohair carpet mats complete the of sumptuous luxury environment.

A polished SVAutobiography key fob with knurled finish adds the finishing touch.

In the rear compartment, the SVAutobiography offers the option of a sliding luggage floor. Made from beautifully crafted aluminum and a choice of wood veneer options, the floor slides rearwards to optimize ease of use for loading and unloading.

2016 Model Year Range Rover line-up

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Complementing the introduction of SVAutobiography, a comprehensive suite of revisions will be available for the 2016 Range Rover line-up, underlining its status as the ultimate luxury SUV. Key updates extend to a more powerful V6 engine and turbodiesel options for the HSE model, all-new convenience features including a Gesture Tailgate, Automatic Access Height, improved Surround Camera System and enhanced smartphone connectivity with a revised suite of Land Rover InControl™ technologies.

New for the 2016 Range Rover HSE is a 380hp supercharged V6 engine. Building on the all-aluminum 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine, with its laser-drilled injectors, two-stage oil pump and diamond-like coating for pistons and gudgeon pins, Land Rover engineers have carried out detailed calibration changes to achieve extra power for the 2016 model year. A potent 380hp, increased by 40hp over the previous version is the result.

With maximum torque available at 3500rpm and a broad power band, the new 380hp supercharged V6 provides effortless in-gear acceleration coupled with outstanding levels of refinement.

A turbodiesel Range Rover HSE will be available in North America for the first time as part of the 2016 model year enhancements. Featuring a single turbocharger, Low Pressure Exhaust Gas Recirculation (LPEGR) and a two-stage oil pump to reduce losses, the 3.0-liter Range Rover Td6 engine offers a powerful 254hp and 28mpg highway, providing excellent performance, reduced running costs and an exceptional cruising range of up to 658miles (Highway) for maximum convenience. Peak torque of 440lb. ft. is available at just 1,750rpm to ensure effortless in-gear acceleration and the capability to tow up to 7,716lbs (3500kg) with exceptional flexibility.

A Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system uses Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to reduce NOx emissions, ensuring the Td6 achieves US LEV 3 status. The DEF is injected into the exhaust and, as the resulting mixture passes through the SCR, NOx is turned into harmless nitrogen gas.

In addition to the cleansing efficiency of the SCR, every aspect of the Td6 engine has been optimized to ensure emissions are as low as possible. This includes the new Low Pressure EGR system which has been critical to success of Td6 emission ratings and further improves fuel economy.

All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) makes the world-renowned off-road capability of the Range Rover more accessible. Operational from 1.1mph to 19mph (1.8km/h to 30km/h) in forward and reverse gears, ATPC allows an ultra-low creep speed to be set using the steering wheel-mounted cruise-control interface when stationary or when the vehicle is in motion2. This allows the driver to concentrate purely on steering the vehicle over and around obstacles, while it maintains a constant speed that may otherwise be difficult to achieve over very challenging terrain. By reducing driver distractions and optimizing traction in this way, ATPC enhances off-road capability and safety. ATPC can be overridden by simply pressing the brake or accelerator.

The new Surround Camera System2 provides improved clarity, creating sharper and clearer images on the central touchscreen display. A network of four cameras positioned in both front and rear bumpers and the side mirrors crisply relays the vehicle’s surroundings to the driver for maximum safety and convenience. The reverse camera automatically displays the view behind the vehicle when reverse gear is engaged; when surround view is selected; the images from each camera combine to create an overhead view of the vehicle.

A standard rear-camera wash system operates in conjunction with the rear window wash function to improve visibility in inclement weather.

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The standard Hands-Free Gesture Tailgate integrates hands-free functionally to the powered electric tailgate. Vehicle owners will simply have to point a foot under either rear corner of the vehicle to gain access into the luggage area. The proximity sensors are located to the sides of the rear bumper rather than the center, allowing the tailgate to be conveniently operated from the curb. This feature is also fully compatible with a tow bar, so the exceptional 7,716lbs towing capacity of the Range Rover is uncompromised.

For the 2016 model year, the driver-adjustable access height function becomes fully automated. The Automatic Access Height system automatically lowers the vehicle’s air suspension once the transmission is placed in Park (P), for improved entry and exit into the vehicle.

When the ignition is switched off or the driver’s seatbelt is removed, the vehicle automatically lowers by 1.4in (35mm) to aid entry and exit. Should any door handle be activated, the height decreases by an additional 0.6in (15mm) for enhanced convenience. The total time from switching the ignition off or removing the seatbelt to achieving a maximum ride height reduction of 2in (50mm) is three seconds. The vehicle automatically returns to its optimized ride height at a speed of 9mph (15km/h).

The suite of Land Rover InControl® connected-car technologies continues to expand for 2016, with advanced new standard features.

InControl® Remote™ allows drivers to remotely activate vehicle systems using a smartphone app. Functions include:

  • Remote Lock/Unlock enables owners to verify the vehicle’s status, and lock or unlock the doors as desired
  • Remote Alarm Reset sends a smartphone alert if the vehicle alarm is sounding, and provides the option to remotely reset if required
  • Remote Beep and Flash helps to locate the vehicle in a busy parking lot by flashing its lights and sounding discreet alarm pips
  • Remote Engine Start allows owners to bring the cabin to a pre-set temperature using the climate control system

InControl® Protect™ can connect the driver with Roadside Assistance through the simple push of a button or can automatically call emergency services and notify them of the vehicle’s location should the airbags deploy. InControl® Remote™ & Protect™ are subscription based services, which are complimentary during the new vehicle warranty period.

InControl® Apps™ allows smartphone users to seamlessly access and control compatible third party apps stored on their device through the vehicle’s touchscreen3.

The Range Rover SVAutobiography, along with the updated Range Rover 2016 Model Year line-up, will be on sale Fall, 2015.

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