Michael van der Sande, Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations
Managing Director, said developing the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography
Dynamic Edition is the task Special Vehicle Operations was made for, adding:
“The challenge here was to increase performance without
compromising the composure, capability and refinement inherent in the Range
Rover Velar. We’ve done this and created an SUV that strikes a brilliant
balance between go-anywhere practicality, dynamic performance, and relaxing
comfort – it is truly an SUV for any occasion.”
Revelling in the
Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition’s exterior
Up front is a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine
producing 550PS and 680Nm of torque, which propels the Range Rover Velar from
0-62mph in a mere 4.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 170mph.
In addition, Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) has fitted the
new Velar with uprated brakes, anti-roll bars and suspension, while giving the
SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition a more purposeful appearance thanks to a new
grille, redesigned bumpers, a quad-exhaust system and larger front air intakes.
A set of distinctive forged aluminium 21-inch alloys, which
weigh in at the same as 20-inch rims on the core model, and the standard
contrast Narvik Black roof complete the look.
SVO’s engineering team has also spent more than 63,900 hours
fining tuning and optimising the car’s ride, handling and responsiveness.
As a result they have created bespoke calibrations for the
SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition’s all-wheel drive (AWD) system, active rear
locking differential, eight-speed automatic transmission, steering and air
Stuart Adlard, SV Senior Vehicle Engineering Manager, said:
“It retains the all-terrain capability and comfort customers expect from a
Range Rover, with an even more rewarding and engaging driving experience. The
result is a composed and luxurious SUV that looks, sounds and feels unique.”
A revised Continuously Variable Damper set up, with the
addition of firmer springs, allows the air suspension to deliver a balance of
composure and comfort on the road.
The AWD has been uprated too with the transfer box capable
of withstanding the higher loads generated by the supercharged V8 engine, while
the Intelligent Driveline Dynamics is able to direct 100 percent of the power
to the rear wheels in certain conditions.
The electric power steering system has been tweaked to
minimise the effort required to manoeuvre the car at low speeds, while
delivering precise and direct control at higher speeds, with the Velar’s Dynamic
mode being enhanced to suit drivers with a more enthusiastic driving style.
Admiring the Range
Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition’s interior
Inside the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition,
owners will find an upholstered cabin finished in twin-stitched, perforated and
quilted Windsor leather available in four colours – ebony, cirrus, vintage tan
and pimento. There are also 20-way electrical adjustable seats fitted with
heating, cooling and massaging functions for the front passengers to enjoy.
There is also a unique sports steering wheel and contoured
aluminium gear shift paddles, while the rotary dial gear selector and Touch Pro
Duo infotainment system have been given a knurled finish. These fine details
carry over to the digital displays, with the 12.3in interactive Driver Display
featuring ‘digitally knurled’ dials to complete the sophisticated interior
Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern, said:
“The new SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition amplifies the highly desirable nature
of the 2018 World Car Design winner by introducing a compelling combination of
heightened performance and luxury.”