Range Rover’s most luxurious rifle-hauler

As if the SVAutobiogrphay edition of the Range Rover wasn’t special enough, Land Rover today announced its partnership with the famed British shotgun maker Holland & Holland. The result is the most detailed, luxurious, and well-armed Range Rover to ever leave the Solihull, U.K. assembly plant.

Adding to the allure is Land Rover’s very limited production run, with the U.S. only allotted 30 examples. Of course, when supply is limited, prices rise. That might help explain the Range Rover’s whopping price tag of $244,500. That’s nearly $45,000 beyond the starting price of the “standard” Range Rover SVAutobiography.

Those 30 wealthy owners will enjoy the Range Rover’s added features, which include bespoke exterior and interior design elements, along with a leather-trimmed and lockable gun case, perfectly suited for two hand-crafted Holland & Holland firearms.

"The whole SVO team is very proud of this car, a bespoke design, which perfectly meets the very particular needs of Holland & Holland customers," said John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. "This shows the huge potential of SVO, which encapsulates both off- and on-road performance as well as luxury and craftsmanship."

Despite the exorbitant price, this isn’t the most expensive Range Rover. In fact, just last year for the 2015 model year, Range Rover charged roughly $284,000 for – you guessed it – the Holland & Holland special edition Range Rover. Like the most modern iteration, the previous model offered nearly all the same features, though was based on the comparably less-ritzy Autobiography edition.

So without further ado, let’s check out what the 2016 Range Rover SVAutobiography Holland & Holland Edition has in store.

Continue reading to learn more about the Land Rover Range Rover Holland & Holland Edition.

What makes the Land Rover Range Rover Holland & Holland Edition special

This special edition is the latest brainchild of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division, just as the Range Rover SVAutobiography its based on. However, SVO takes things to the next level with plenty of custom touches that pay tribute to the legendary British firearm maker. First, the exterior is painted in a trim-exclusive paint – Holland & Holland’s signature green color. The front grille is also upgrades with a bespoke design and color, while that color extends to the door handles. Lastly Holland & Holland badges on the side vents and tailgate let everyone know exactly what model this is.

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The outside might be beautiful, but the interior is stunningly gorgeous. Holland & Holland is known for its intricate engraving and detail work on its shotguns. That same craftsmanship is found inside the Range Rover. The dashboard is accented with real metal engraved in the same diamond pattern Holland & Holland uses on the fore end of its shotguns. The door handles are engraved in the acanthus scroll work that recalls the shotgun’s receiver. SVO also upgraded the wood trimmings to include a highly polished French Walnut veneer, cut from the same type of wood Holland & Holland uses for its stocks. The leather is also unique, dyed in a trim-exclusive espresso and tan color scheme. Unique floor mats, luggage area cover, and Holland & Holland illuminated tread plates at each of the four doors further separates this Range Rover from the crowd.

But the biggest change is held in the rear cargo area. A locking, leather-trimmed gun case with room for two long guns provides Holland & Holland enthusiast a place to store their rifles and shotguns.

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Moving all this wood and metal is the same 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 that’s shared with the Range Rover SVR. It produces 40 horsepower and 41 pound-feet of torque more than the standard Range Rover’s version of the engine. That means the all-aluminum V-8 produces a healthy 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. The familiar, ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels via Range Rover’s AWD system. The Terrain Response2 system further provides traction aides via a driver-selectable dial that hones the computer systems for whatever terrain the vehicle is crossing. Modes include, normal, snow, sand, mud, and rock.

And yes, there’s the price. The 2016 Range Rover SVAutobiography Holland & Holland edition carries a starting price of $244,500. Sales begin in the Spring of 2016 here in the U.S.

Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography

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Read our full review on the Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography here.

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Land Rover today announced the introduction of the new pinnacle of the Range Rover family, the 2016 Holland & Holland Range Rover. With production of just 30 examples slated to reach American shores, the Holland & Holland Range Rover represents a partnership between two iconic British brands that creates a vehicle which elevates each brand’s reputation for exclusivity, performance and fine bespoke workmanship.

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Crafted by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division, the 2016 Holland & Holland Range Rover adds subtle, yet significant updates to the flagship Range Rover SVAutobiography, including;

- Unique Holland & Holland green exterior paint treatment - the brand’s signature color

- Distinctive body colored front grille and door handles

- Holland & Holland badging on the side vents and tailgate

- The inside of the vehicle features specially engraved brightwork carrying the acanthus scroll design evident on many Holland & Holland products

- A unique dashboard finisher based on the diamond pattern used on the fore end of Holland & Holland rifles and shotguns

- Sustainably sourced polished French walnut veneers matching the wood used to manufacture Holland & Holland firearm stocks

- An exclusive espresso and tan interior color combination unique to the Holland & Holland Range Rover model

- Interior trimmed with extended tan leather surfaces, branded stitching on the seats, unique floor mats, luggage area cover and Holland & Holland illuminated tread plates on all four door sills

- A rear cabin featuring executive seating with 17 degrees of recline and wood trimmed, electrically deployable tables

Perhaps most significantly, the rear loadspace has been updated to include a deployable, locking, leather trimmed gun case which accommodates two firearms4 from Holland & Holland. The case, which is securely affixed to the floor, can slide forward onto the lower tailgate for easier access when needed at the sporting grounds and can be removed for added luggage space, when not in use.

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"The whole SVO team is very proud of this car, a bespoke design, which perfectly meets the very particular needs of Holland & Holland customers," said John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. "This shows the huge potential of SVO, which encapsulates both off- and on-road performance as well as luxury and craftsmanship."

On sale globally, the Holland & Holland Range Rover will be available in North America beginning spring 2016 and priced from $244,5001.

Range Rover SVAutobiography

Exclusively crafted by the team at the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) center in the UK, the Range Rover SVAutobiography (from which the Holland & Holland Range Rover is based) is the most luxurious and powerful series-production Range Rover in the model’s 45-year history.

The Range Rover SVAutobiography features unique exterior design enhancements, an exclusive premium leather interior with unique trim finishes, as well as a specially tuned supercharged V8 engine shared with the Range Rover Sport SVR producing 550hp and 502lb. ft. of torque; an increase of 40hp and 41lb. ft. respectively, over standard Range Rover supercharged V8 models.

Customers are able to specify a unique dual-tone body color option that includes nine pre-selected color choices for the lower body, mated to a Santorini Black top, creating true distinction and individualism within the ultra-luxury SUV segment.

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

Much of the vehicle’s controls and assorted brightwork - including the start-stop surround, rotary gear selector and pedals - are machined from solid aluminum which is further finished with tactile knurling details. This detailing carries through the front and rear center consoles, with distinctive materials for the cup holder and socket covers, as well as the new armrest adjuster knobs.

Rear-seat passengers relax in luxurious executive 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.

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

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A polished SVAutobiography key fob with knurled finish adds the finishing touch. Additional bespoke options are available at the buyers request; see a local retailer for details. The Range Rover SVAutobiography is available immediately, priced from $199,495. On sale globally, the Holland & Holland Range Rover will be available in North America beginning spring 2016 and priced from $244,500.

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