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SVO Worked Its Magic On The Plushest Range Rover Money Can Buy

The best 4x4xfar? We'd like to think so.

Jaguar Land Rover's SVO division managed to pull out all of the stops when it created the Range Rover Sport SVR. Okay, so it probably isn't as dynamically complete as a Porsche Cayenne Turbo, but the RR Sport SVR's still a cracking piece of kit that, perhaps crucially, was far more exciting and entertaining to drive than any luxury off-roader deserved to be. And now, SVO's announced it'll be hoping lightning strikes twice with stretching the RRS template onto the full-on, top-of-the-line Land Rover Range Rover.

Officially christened the 'Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic,' this latest entry in the burgeoning super-SUV category is appropriately brisk. Under the hood is the same 550 hp / 502-lb-ft 5.0-liter supercharged V8 from the RR SVAutobiography, allowing this behemoth of a vehicle to reach 60 mph from rest in 5.1 seconds and top out at 140 mph. SVO's work wasn't confined to the engine bay, however, as the ride height's been lowered by 8 mm through the adoption of stiffer suspension components that have been specifically tuned to deliver the "ultimate combination of performance and handling without compromising Range Rover's peerless comfort and refinement".

To rein in such mass, huge Brembo brakes are shrouded behind the standard 21-inch wheels (22-inch items are optional), and a range of advanced dynamic technology systems maintain the car's stability and cornering prowess. Of course, being a Range Rover, interior comfort and luxury has also been prioritized, with the quilted leather seats looking especially cossetting. Buyers will also be able to specify a slew of new safety gear (like a 'Low Traction Launch' system that aids getaways from a standstill on slippery surfaces) that'll be introduced through the upcoming 2017MY facelift. The facelifted Range Rover and the SVAutobiography will go on sale in late 2016, with prices for the latter most likely being in the $210,000 ballpark.

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