The Empire Strikes Back
For years, Range Rover was the undisputed king of luxury off-roaders in a market it created nearly 50 years ago. With so many challengers to the throne, it’s time they fought back but is the SVO Autobiography Dynamic the weapon they need?
For a brand that created the whole luxury off-roading genre way back in 1970, Range Rover is now swamped with challengers from BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Maserati and even Bentley.
The current car is very good but with the opening of Jaguar LandRover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) recently, it was only a matter of time before its special ingredients filtered through to the flagship to give us something that could take on the likes of Mercedes-Benz AMG and BMW’s M-series SUVs.
Following on from the launch of the Range Rover Sport SVR, SVO now brings us the full-tilt Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic to cover both ends of JLR’s luxury and performance operations.
The badging needs some explaining but it also defines the top-line Rangie’s positioning. SVO developed the SVR product as its most hardcore sports product for likes of the Jaguar F-Type and Range Rover Sport whereas the SVAutobiography carries the same intention but not quite to those extreme levels.[To be continued...]
Range Rover SVO Autobiography
Special Vehicles Operations has a big job on its hands. To take on the might of the German luxury and sports divisions to reclaim Range Rover’s place at the top of the luxury SUV tree. First shot fired is the SVOAutobiography Dynamic
Range Rover pioneered the luxury four-wheel drive nearly half a decade ago but as the market muscles in to take its slice of the pie, the original is fighting back with a bespoke brand to take on AMG, BMW M and Audi RS.
Fighting back against the onslaught of AMG G63s, BMW X5Ms and Audi Q7RS’s Range Rover has quietly been tweaking away on its short wheelbase body, given it a warmed over, 5-litre supercharged V8 from the Sport, Brembo brakes, a killer exhaust and a stunning bespoke interior. The result is the devilishly nice SVO Autobiography Dynamic.
Made more for the urban school run and valet car park duties with its road tyres and large rims that would scrape easily in the bush, than heavy duty off-roading, it’s a very decent reply to the German heavyweights with quality and trim levels that take it to the next tier, nudging into Bentley Bentayga territory. [To be continued...]