Geneva Motor Show - After a couple of teaser images of the interior earlier in the year, Land Rover has fully revealed the new Range Rover SV Coupe in all its two-door glory.
Inspired by the original Range Rover coupe which sold for 11 years between 1970 and 1981, the new one takes a seemingly regular four-door model and deletes the rear apertures to make for a rather unusual (for the segment) full-size SUV. The finished product is, however, hardly regular.
The SV Coupe is hand-made by Land Rover’s Special Vehicles Operations (SVO) department in Warwickshire, and only 999 units will be delivered to wealthy customers around the world. We say wealthy, because at a base price of £240 000 (R3.9-million) the limited edition is nearly double the cost of an equivalent four-door Range Rover.
Land Rover compares the Coupe’s cabin to private jets and yachts, and with quilted semi-aniline leather upholstery (sourced from a single tannery which opened in 1905) available in four two-tone colours, heated and cooled 20-way front and 10-way rear adjustable seats, and a 23-speaker, 1700w Meridian Signature sound system, it's a reasonable analogy.
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Wood veneers are used extensively throughout the interior, and are available in three options including Natural Black Ash, Santos Palisander and Nautica - a new design technique fusing finite layers of walnut and sycamore together for a unique layered look.
Infotainment happens by way of a 25.4cm Touch Pro Duo touchscreen, with a second 25.4cm touchscreen beneath it (similar to the Velar’s) for climate and vehicle settings. A third 30.5cm colour display is used as the driver’s instrument cluster, and above that yet another 25.4cm image is projected onto the windscreen for a head-up display with colour map readouts including street names, slope and wheel information when offroading, and cruise control, RPM and gear selection data.
Exterior trim finishers are made from a selection of exotic materials such as Satin Indus Silver, Brunel Metallic Mesh and Noble Chrome, while the Bright Chrome/Black Knurled Range Rover bonnet and tailgate badges are hand-made in the UK’s Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. Interestingly, besides the lower tailgate and bonnet, the Coupe shares no body panels with its four-door counterpart.
Depending on the market, the SV Coupe is fitted with Pixel-laser LED headlights incorporating 144 LEDs and four laser diodes to send high beams up to half a kilometre down the road at speeds above 80km/h, and when no other road users are detected.
Technically speaking the Coupe is capable of some bundu bashing, and Range Rover quotes a 900mm wading depth; impressive approach, breakover and departure angles; and a height-adjustable pneumatic suspension, but bear in mind the massive 21, 22 or 23-inch wheels (the biggest ever on a Range Rover) when venturing off the pristine tarred roads of Buckinghamshire… or Sandton.
The Coupe also lays claim to being the fastest ever Range Rover with a claimed 0-100km/h time of 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 266km/h, courtesy of a supercharged 5-litre V8 with 416kW and 700Nm outputs. It’s good for a max towing capacity of 3500kg as well, so load up a trailer of lipizzaners and hit the dressage in record time.
Jaguar Land Rover South Africa confirms a limited number of SV Coupes will be made available to our market next year, but can’t yet comment on pricing. If you’re interested, and budget allows, you can register your interest at www.landrover.co.za