Nearly two years after the debut of the fourth member of the Range Rover family, the Velar has received a major update in the form of SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition.
The Special Vehicle Operations have added a lot more sex appeal and attitude to an already sexy SUV. There’s a new bumper with larger air intakes to feed the V8 Supercharged engine and to cool the uprated braking system. A new grille and lower side mouldings combine with a revised rear bumper featuring integrated quad exhaust finishers.
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. The SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is also the only Velar available in Satin Byron Blue – a metallic paint finish from SVO’s Premium Palette, and all models feature a contrast Narvik Black roof as standard.
The bottom of the Velar has been enhanced as well to ensure the SUV cuts through the air more efficiently. Rounding off the exterior looks are lightweight 21-inch forged aluminium wheels which weigh same as the 20-inch wheels on the core model. Buyers can opt for 22-inch rims with a unique Silver Sparkle finish and diamond-turned edging.
The larger wheels support the uprated brakes which measure 395 mm at the front and 396 mm at the rear. They feature two-piece construction to optimise weight. While the calipers are painted red as standard, buyers can go for gloss black for a more discreet appearance.
The interiors get twin-stitched, perforated and quilted Windsor leather to heighten the sense of luxury. Buyers can choose from four colour combinations – Ebony, Cirrus, Vintage Tan and Pimento.
Other features include 20-way adjustable, heated and cooled front seats with memory and massage functions, sports steering wheel with a specially contoured rim and tactile aluminium gear shift paddles, Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with knurled aluminium knobs, 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display with unique ‘digitally knurled’ dials, sports pedals and illuminated metal treadplates.
Powering the Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is a 5.0-litre Supercharged V8, developing 550 hp and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission channels the power to all four wheels, and the AWD system can direct as much as 100% of the torque to the rear, depending on the conditions. A 0 – 60 mph (97 km/h) acceleration is claimed to happen in 4.3 seconds and so is the top speed of 170 mph (274 km/h).
Besides upgraded anti-roll bars to reduce body roll during hard cornering, the revised set-up for the Continuously Variable Dampers works in combination with firmer air springs to deliver the ultimate balance of composure and comfort, Land Rover said. The SUV also features Electronic Active Differential.
The bespoke exhaust set-up provides a soundtrack to match its performance. SV’s Variable Active Exhaust System features valve technology to optimise the exhaust note, depending on the driving conditions. Land Rover says that the active set-up is 7.1 kg (15.65 lbs) 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 will be produced in limited numbers, priced from £86,120 OTR.