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 British SUV 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-liter gas V8 engine generates 550hp and 502 lb.-ft. of torque, accelerating from 0-60 mph in as little as 4.3 seconds (0-100 km/h – 4.5 secs) on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 170 mph (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.
The powerful new range topping model is distinguished by a number of visual enhancements and bespoke trim finishes, delivering a more purposeful appearance and heightened attention to detail while maintaining the vehicle’s perfectly optimized proportions and distinctive silhouette that won it the 2018 World Car Design of the Year award.
On the outside, designers and engineers developed a new front bumper with larger air intakes to feed the supercharged V8 engine while simultaneously helping 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 exterior changes also include a transmission tunnel under tray designed to smooth airflow under the vehicle, assisting the fastest Velar in the range in cutting through the air more efficiently.
Even the Range Rover lettering on the hood and tailgate have 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 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.
“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.”
Distinctive forged aluminum wheels provide another clue to the enhanced performance. The standard fit 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.