Whitley, Coventry, UK, February 2019.
Land Rover has given the world’s most beautiful mid-size SUV more performance, luxury and exclusivity with the introduction of the limited run Range Rover Velar SV Autobiography Dynamic Edition.
Designed as the pinnacle of the Velar line-up, the new model has been developed by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations and is powered by a 404 kW 5.0 l V8 supercharged engine with a range of unique design enhancements. Adding to its exclusivity, this distinctive model will be available to purchase for one year only.
Velar was named World Car Design of the Year at the 2018 World Car Awards and isthe second model in the Range Rover family to wear thecovetedbadge, after the introduction of the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic in 2017.
Uprated brakes and suspension components, plus bespoke settings for everything from the power train to the safety systems, ensure the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition mixes the personality of a performance car with the go-anywhere capability of a luxury mid-size SUV.
Michael van der Sande, Managing Director,Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, said: “Developing the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is the kind of task Special Vehicle Operations was made for. The challenge here was to increase performance without compromisingthe composure, capability and refinement inherent in Range Rover Velar. We’ve done this and, in the process, created an SUV that strikes a brilliant balance between go-anywhere practicality, dynamic performance and relaxing comfort – it truly is an SUV for any occasion.”
The powerful new model is distinguished by a range of visual enhancements and unique trim finishes, delivering a more purposeful appearance and heightened attention to detail while maintaining Velar’sperfectly optimised proportions and distinctive silhouette.
On the outside, the award-winningmid-sizeSUV features include a new front bumper with larger air intakes to feed the V8 Supercharged engine and cool the uprated braking system. A new grille and lower side mouldings combine with a revised rear bumper featuring integrated quad exhaust finishers.
The exterior changes combine with a transmission tunnel undertrayto ensure the fastest Velar in the range cuts through the air more efficiently.
Even the Range Rover lettering on the bonnet and tailgate has been enhanced, with a knurled finish on the metal element of the two-piece letters adding a fresh degree of sophistication to the exterior. TheSVAutobiographyDynamic Editionis also the only Velar available in Satin Byron Blue– a metallic paint finish from Special Vehicle Operations’ Premium Palette range– and all models feature a contrast Narvik Black roof as standard.
Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said: “Our continued evolution is driven by a relentless focus on creating highly desirable vehicles our customers will love for life. The new Range Rover Velar 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.”
Distinctive forged aluminium wheels provide another clue to the enhancedperformance. The lightweight 53.34 cm (21) design weighs the same as the 50.8 cm (20) wheels on the core model and customers can also specify optional 55.88 cm(22)rims with a unique Silver Sparkle finish and diamond-turned edging,providing a further degree of personalisation.
The special touches inside extend to the unique sports steering wheel, which features a specially contoured rim and tactile aluminium gear shift paddles. Lower down, the rotary gear selector and circular control dials for the seamlessly integrated Touch Pro Duo infotainment system all feature a sophisticated knurled finish. An optional carbon fibre pack for the interior adds a more contemporary feel to the cabin, with a distinctive steel weave, while sports pedals and illuminated metal tread plates with Range Rover script complete the look.
Stuart Adlard, SV Senior Vehicle Engineering Manager,Land Rover, said: “The Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition 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.”
The work of Special Vehicle Operations focused on delivering increased breath of capability, maintaining Land Rover’srenowned all-terrain expertise while providing new levels of dynamic control and performance. Aside from far-reaching electronic tuning, upgradedanti-roll bars reduce body roll during hard cornering and the revised set-up for the Continuously Variable Dampers works in combination with firmer air springs for the air suspension to deliver the ultimate balance of composure and comfort.
The AWD system has been uprated toowith a transfer box capable of withstanding the higher loadsgenerated by the 5.0 l supercharged V8 engine. The advanced Intelligent Driveline Dynamics system precisely and imperceptiblydistributes engine torque to suit the conditions. The set-up can direct as much as 100% to the rear depending on the conditions.
Speed-sensitive Electric Power Assisted Steering is fitted as standard, minimising effort at parking speeds but delivering precise and direct control at higher speeds, while the Velar’s Dynamic mode has been enhanced, optimising the steering, suspension and transmission settings to suit more enthusiastic on-road driving.
The unique character of theVelarSVAutobiography DynamicEdition is also reflected by its bespoke exhaust set-up, which provides a soundtrack to match its performance. SV’s Variable Active Exhaust System features valve technology to optimise the exhaust note, depending upon the driving conditions, and provides Velar with an unmistakable V8 rumble. The active set-up is 7.1kg lighter than the standard design and its increased gas flow helps to unlock some of the flagship model’s increased performance.