(MAHWAH, N.J.) – February 5, 2019 – Land Rover today announced a new pinnacle for the Range Rover Velar line-up, the one-year only, SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition.
Designed and developed by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, the new Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition extends the model’s reputation for performance and segment leading luxury with the addition of a much more powerful drivetrain and enhanced interior/exterior design detailing.
The Range Rover Velar was named World Car Design of the Year at the 2018 World Car Awards and is the second model in the Range Rover family to wear the coveted SVAutobiography nameplate, following the introduction of the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic in 2017.
The new Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition holds the distinction of being the fastest and quickest Velar ever; its supercharged 5.0-litre gas V8 engine generates 550 hp and 502 lb.-ft. of torque, accelerating from 0-100 km/h in as little as 4.5 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 270 km/h all while cosseting customers with the same refinement and comfort Range Rover owners know and love.
Uprated brakes and suspension components, plus bespoke settings for everything from the powertrain to the driver assistance systems, ensure the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition mixes the personality of a performance car with the go-anywhere capability of all Land Rover models.
“Developing the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is the kind of task Special Vehicle Operations was made for,” said Michael van der Sande, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. “Enhancing performance is straightforward; the challenge here was preserving the 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 Velar is an exemplary piece of automotive design which delivers our reductive design principles,” said Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer of Land Rover. “The exceptional exterior design delivers performance improvements and enhanced aesthetics, while interior details like the knurled aluminum dials inside demonstrate the heightened attention to detail.”
The purposeful exterior is matched by a heightened sense of luxury inside with a carefully curated combination of trim finishes and upholstery. Double-stitched, perforated and quilted Windsor leather is unique to the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition and adds to the sense of luxury inside. Customers can choose from four color combinations (Ebony, Cirrus, Vintage Tan and Pimento) and the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition features 20-way adjustable heated and cooled performance front seats with memory.
Calibrations for the AWD system, Active Rear Locking Differential, eight-speed Quickshift transmission, steering and air suspension have all been honed and are unique to the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition; delivering a more focused driving experience. Engineers at Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations spent more than 63,000 hours fine-tuning the bespoke calibration to optimize the ride, handling and responsiveness.
“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,” said David Pook, SVO Vehicle Dynamics Manager for Jaguar Land Rover. “The result is a composed and luxurious SUV that looks, sounds and feels unique.”
The work of Special Vehicle Operations focused on delivering increased breadth of capability; maintaining the all-terrain expertise Land Rover is best known for, while providing new levels of dynamic control and performance. Aside from far-reaching electronic tuning, upgraded a rollover protection l system helps reduce body roll during hard cornering and the revised set-up for the Constantly Variable Dampers work in combination with firmer air springs for the air suspension to deliver the ultimate balance of composure and comfort.
The Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition sounds like no other SUV, but the most driver-focused model in the range is also as practical as ever. The exceptionally large 445 litre luggage compartment is unaffected, while the flexible 40:20:40-split rear seats allow customers to vary the loadspace depending on their requirements. A larger 79 litre fuel tank (up from 62 litre) also promises a longer range with fewer stops to the gas station.
The new Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is available in six exterior colors: Firenze Red, Santorini Black, Eiger Grey, Fuji White, Indus Silver and, by special order, Satin Byron Blue. For additional information, please visit your local Land Rover Authorized Retailer.