Range Rover Releases Limited Edition SV Coupe In Geneva Motor Show

07 March, 2018, 00:35 | Author: Kristen Mcgee
  • Range Rover SV Coupe    
   Land Rover

Well, today's your lucky day.

The Range Rover SV Coupe is the "fastest-ever full-size Range Rover", with only two doors and a stonking 416kW/700Nm blown V8 courtesy of SVO.

It looks like a slightly differently proportioned Range Rover with two doors instead of four.

John Edwards, Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, said: "The introduction of the new SV Coupé brings a new level of individual expression to the Range Rover portfolio and builds on the success of Special Vehicle Operations' existing bespoke Range Rover programme".

While it looks to the future, the SV Coupe also harks back to the brand's past, with the two-door frame harking back to the original 1970 Range Rover. It took stuff away - in this case, the doors - and is charging customers way more.

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Range Rover manages, yet again, to redesign its signature offering in ways that put it even further from the madding crowd. A new grille showcases a Brunel Metallic rear mesh and Bright Chrome front mesh, surrounded by a Satin Indus Silver metal. And then there are the exterior and interior "match to sample" hues... All four seats have been widened and deepened. The leather comes from a single 113-year-old tannery, and they're stitched into a very fancy diamond quilted pattern.

But this vehicle is an opulent, sybaritic toy for the most wealthy - not a workhorse which happens to scrub up well - with its bespoke body and interior - available in different colour leathers for front and back - and its £240,000 starting price is really the base price. A 10-inch infotainment screen, 10-inch control panel, 12-inch interactive driver display and Head Up display help the driver navigate. It's powered by a 557 horsepower 5.0-liter Supercharged V8, which is the the most powerful engine ever placed in a full-size Range Rover. An eight-speed automatic is standard, as is permanent four-wheel drive (natch).

The ghost stories started back in 2015 at a time when Bentley was preparing to launch its own super-luxury SUV, the first real rival the Range Rover had ever faced in close to five decades. We expect there'll be a lot of eyes watching to see how this goes; the SV Coupe might be the heaviest and most opulent trial balloon we'll encounter this year.

To be honest, considering the SV Coupe's stratospheric price tag, the Care Package should come standard. We say wealthy, because at a base price of £240 000 (R3.9-million) the limited edition is almost double the cost of an equivalent four-door Range Rover.

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