Reigning World Design Car of the Year, the Range Rover Velar receives more performance, luxury, and exclusivity with the introduction of the limited ‘SVAutobiography 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 550PS 5.0-liter 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.
Rawdon Glover, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover UK, said:
The Range Rover Velar strikes a perfect balance between go-anywhere practicality, dynamic performance and relaxing comfort. By enhancing the luxury and dynamic characteristics even further we have created the pinnicle of the Velar range.
With a supercharged V8 engine, the most powerful Velar accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds (0-60mph in 4.3 seconds) and is capable of 274km/h (170mph), while cosseting customers with traditional Range Rover refinement and comfort.
Uprated brakes and suspension components, plus bespoke settings for everything from the powertrain 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 compromising the composure, capability and refinement inherent in Range Rover Velar.
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’s perfect proportions and distinctive silhouette.
On the outside, the award-winning Velar features 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 moldings combine with a revised rear bumper featuring integrated quad exhaust finishers.
The exterior changes combine with a transmission tunnel undertray to 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. The SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is 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 aluminum wheels provide another clue to the enhanced performance. The lightweight 21-inch design weighs the same as the 20-inch wheels on the core model and customers can also specify optional 22-inch rims with a unique Silver Sparkle finish and diamond-turned edging, providing a further degree of personalization.
The larger wheels indicate the performance focus of the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition, helping to generate more grip and accommodating larger brakes. Its 395mm front and 396mm diameter rear brake discs feature a two-piece construction to optimize weight. The innovative designs also dissipate heat more effectively to cope with the higher braking forces generated during high-performance driving.
The extra stopping power is highlighted by red brake calipers (four-piston at the front, sliding at the rear) which feature Land Rover lettering. Gloss Black calipers are also available for a more discreet appearance.
The purposeful exterior is matched by a heightened sense of luxury inside with a carefully curated combination of finishes and upholstery. The twin-stitched, perforated and quilted Windsor leather is unique to the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition and is available in four color combinations (Ebony, Cirrus, Vintage Tan and Pimento) and the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition features 20-way adjustable heated and cooled front seats with memory and massage functions as standard.
The special touches inside extend to the unique sports steering wheel, which features a specially contoured rim and tactile aluminum gear shift paddles. Lower down, the rotary gear selector and control dials for the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system all feature a sophisticated knurled finish. An optional carbon fiber pack for the interior adds a more contemporary feel to the cabin, while sports pedals and illuminated metal treadplates with Range Rover script complete the look.
Design elements extend to the 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display featuring unique ‘digitally knurled’ dials and a bespoke SVAutobiography Dynamic start-up screen. This digital detailing continues with the electronics that underpin the driving characteristics of the new flagship Velar model.
Calibrations for the AWD system, Active Rear Locking Differential, eight-speed transmission, steering, and air suspension have all been honed and are bespoke to the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition; delivering a more focused driving experience. Engineers at Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations spent 63,900 hours fine-tuning the unique calibration to optimize the ride, handling, and responsiveness.
The work of Special Vehicle Operations focused on delivering an increased breadth of capability, maintaining Land Rover’s renowned all-terrain expertise while providing new levels of dynamic control and performance. Aside from far-reaching electronic tuning, upgraded anti-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 all-wheel-drive system has been updated too with a transfer box capable of withstanding the higher loads generated by the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine. The advanced Intelligent Driveline Dynamics system precisely and imperceptibly distributes engine torque to suit the conditions. The set-up can direct as much as 100 percent to the rear depending on the conditions.
Speed-sensitive Electric Power Assisted Steering is fitted as standard, minimizing effort at parking speeds but delivering precise and direct control at higher speeds, while the Velar’s Dynamic mode has been enhanced, optimizing the steering, suspension and transmission settings to suit more enthusiastic on-road driving.
The unique character of the Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition 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 optimize 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.
The Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition sounds like no other SUV, but the most driver-focused model in the range is as practical as ever. The generous boot capacity is unaffected, while the flexible 40:20:40-split rear seats allow customers to vary the loadspace depending on their requirements. The 82-liter fuel tank also promises a genuine range in excess of 483km (300 miles).
The new Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is available in six exterior colors: Firenze Red, Santorini Black, Corris Grey, Fuji White, Indus Silver and, by special order, Satin Byron Blue.
Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is priced from £86,120 OTR in the UK.
|5.0-litre V8 550PS AWD Automatic|
|Engine type||V8 petrol
32 valve; DOHC, variable intake and exhaust cam timing, Twin Vortex supercharger
|Bore / Stroke (mm)||92.5 x 93.0|
|Max Power PS (kW)||550 (405) @ 6,000 – 6,500rpm|
|Max Torque Nm (lb ft)||680 (502) @ 2,500 – 5,500rpm|
|Transmission||ZF (8HP70) 8-speed automatic|
|Front brakes (ventilated discs) (mm)||395|
|Rear brakes (ventilated discs) (mm)||396|
|Steering||Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) rack and pinion; variable ratio|
|All-wheel drive system||Torque on-demand all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics & Terrain Response, sports tuned Electronic Differential|
|Front suspension||Double wishbone suspension, air springs, continuously-variable dampers, passive anti-roll bar|
|Rear suspension||Integral Link suspension with air springs, continuously-variable dampers, passive anti-roll bar|
|Overall length (mm)||4,806|
|Overall height (with antennae) (mm)||1,676|
|Overall width (mirrors folded) (mm)||2,041|
|Overall width (mirrors unfolded) (mm)||2,145|
|Front overhang (mm)||838|
|Rear overhang (mm)||1,094|
|Front track (mm)||1,644 (air)|
|Rear track (mm)||1,663 (air)|
|Turning circle – kerb-to-kerb (m)||11.6|
|Turning circle – lock-to-lock||2.52|
|Drag coefficient (Cd)||0.35|
|Headroom (with panoramic roof) (mm)||970 (front) / 966 (rear)|
|Legroom (mm)||1,203 (front) / 935 (rear)|
|Luggage capacity (rear seats upright) (litres)||673 (to parcel shelf) / 834 (to roofline)|
|Luggage capacity (rear seats forward) (litres)||1,705|
|Loadspace max width (mm)||1,247|
|ALL-TERRAIN CAPABILITY (i) Off-road height (ii) Standard ride height|
|Approach angle (deg)||(i) 24.0 / (ii) 22.7 (air suspension)|
|Departure angle (deg)||(i) 27.5 / (ii) 24.7|
|Ramp angle (deg)||(i) 21.8 / (ii) 20.2|
|Maximum wading depth (mm)||650 (air suspension)|
|Ground clearance (mm)||(i) 251 / (ii) 205|
|Weight from (EU unladen) (kg)||2,160|
|Towing – unbraked trailer (kg)||750|
|Maximum towing (kg)||2,500|
|0-60mph (0-96km/h) (secs)||4.3|
|0-62mph (0-100km/h) (secs)||4.5|
|50-75mph (80-120km/h) (secs)||2.6|
|Top speed mph (km/h)||170 (274)|
|NEDC2 Fuel Consumption Combined mpg (l/100km)‡||Up to 23.9 (From 11.8)|
|NEDC2 CO₂ Emissions Combined (g/km)‡||From 270|
Note: Press release courtesy of Land Rover.