542 horsepower and 170 mph in a stylish midsize SUV that'll be available for only one year.

As it turns out, the Range Rover Velar SVR we’ve been spying on for the last several months will adopt a different suffix – SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition. The fastest and most powerful Velar to date, the gorgeous midsize SUV retains the elegant lines of the regular model and combines them with a bit more attitude as you’d expect from a range topper.

Unsurprisingly, the new flagship Velar adopts Land Rover’s mighty supercharged 5.0-liter V8 with 542 horsepower (405 kilowatts) and 502 pound-feet (680 Newton-meters) of torque. The beefy engine is hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission and enables the high-performance SUV run to 62 mph (100 kph) in just four and a half seconds before reaching a maximum speed of 170 mph (274 kph).

There’s more to the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition than its supercharged heart as the engineers have tweaked the all-wheel-drive system with an uprated transfer box able to cope with the grunt coming from underneath the hood. It took a whopping 63,900 hours to optimize the handling, ride, and responsiveness and make sure everything is perfectly calibrated for the more aggressive nature of Land Rover’s speedy SUV.

Developed by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, the crown jewel of the Velar range had to be equipped with larger brakes engineered by Brembo to make sure these would be a match for the SUV’s higher velocity. The reputable Italian brake manufacturer will be supplying 395-mm front and 396-mm rear discs featuring a two-piece construction to ensure a lightweight construction.

Brembo's ventilated brakes have a new design specifically created to better dissipate heat in order to handle the higher braking forces of the performance SUV. These are paired with standard 21-inch wheels or to an optional larger 22-inch set, and in both cases, the brake calipers are finished in red and adorned with the "Land Rover" lettering.

Changes to the bodywork include a redesigned front bumper with more generous air intakes necessary to keep the engine and brakes nice and cool. At the back, the menacing quad exhaust tips denote it’s not an ordinary Velar. Those red brake calipers we’ve mentioned earlier can be had in a glossy black finish for a more subtle appearance.

Stepping inside the cabin, the Land Rover Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition (the name is quite the mouthful, isn’t it?) gets a sportier steering wheel paired with aluminum gear shift paddles. Just to make it a bit more special than the lesser versions, there’s a knurled finish for the infotainment system’s control dials and also for the rotary gear selector. At an additional cost, a sportier vibe can be achieved courtesy of a carbon fiber pack.

U.S. pricing details are not available at the time of writing, but over in the U.K, the new top-spec Velar starts off at £86,120. It will be available for only a year.

Source: Land Rover

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NEW RANGE ROVER VELAR SVAUTOBIOGRAPHY DYNAMIC EDITION –REFINED POWER

  • The world’s most beautiful mid-size SUV is taken to the next level with the exclusive SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition
  • Building on Velar’s elegant simplicity with heightened levels of luxury and comfort that provide a rewarding experience on every journey
  • Supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine seamlessly delivers 550PS with signature Range Rover composure
  • Purposeful appearance to signify the performance halo of the Velar range, with optimised aerodynamics and cooling performance
  • Quilted, perforated and twin-stitched leather upholstery, sports steering wheel, knurled aluminium infotainment controllers and rotary shifter
  • Uprated high performance brakes, enveloped by lightweight 21-inch forged wheels, with optional 22-inch designs featuring diamond-turned finish
  • Unique calibration for eight-speed Quickshift transmission, Electronic Active Differential, steering, Adaptive Damper tune, anti-roll-bars and Dynamic Stability Control
  • Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is priced from £86,120 OTR in the UK

5 February 2019, Whitley, Coventry, UK – Reigning World Design Car of the Year, the Range Rover Velar receives more performance, luxury and exclusivity with the introduction of the limited ‘SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition’.

Designed as the pinnacle of the Velar line-up, the new model has been developed by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations and is powered by a 550PS 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine with a range of unique design enhancements. Adding to its exclusivity, this distinctive model will be available to purchase for one year only.

Rawdon Glover, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: “The Range Rover Velar strikes a perfect balance between go-anywhere practicality, dynamic performance and relaxing comfort. By enhancing the luxury and dynamic characteristics even further we have created the pinnicle of the Velar range.”

With a supercharged V8 engine, the most powerful Velar accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds (0-60mph in 4.3 seconds) and is capable of 274km/h (170mph), while cosseting customers with traditional Range Rover refinement and comfort.

Uprated brakes and suspension components, plus bespoke settings for everything from the powertrain to the safety systems, ensure the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition mixes the personality of a performance car with the go-anywhere capability of a luxury mid-size SUV.

Michael van der Sande, Managing Director, Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, said: “Developing the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is the kind of task Special Vehicle Operations was made for. The challenge here was to increase performance without compromising the composure, capability and refinement inherent in Range Rover Velar.”

The powerful new model is distinguished by a range of visual enhancements and unique trim finishes, delivering a more purposeful appearance and heightened attention to detail while maintaining Velar’s perfect proportions and distinctive silhouette.

On the outside, the award-winning Velar features a new front bumper with larger air intakes to feed the V8 Supercharged engine and 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 combine with a transmission tunnel undertray to ensure the fastest Velar in the range cuts through the air more efficiently.

Even the Range Rover lettering on the bonnet and tailgate has 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 Edition 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.

Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said: “Our continued evolution is driven by a relentless focus on creating highly desirable vehicles our customers will love for life.  The new Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition amplifies the highly desirable nature of the 2018 World Car Design winner by introducing a compelling combination of heightened performance and luxury.”

Distinctive forged aluminium wheels provide another clue to the enhanced performance. The 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 personalisation.

The larger wheels indicate the performance focus of the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition, helping to generate more grip and accommodating larger brakes. Its 395mm front and 396mm diameter rear brake discs feature a two-piece construction to optimise weight. The innovative designs also dissipate heat more effectively to cope with the higher braking forces generated during high performance driving.

The extra stopping power is highlighted by red brake calipers (four-piston at the front, sliding at the rear) which feature Land Rover lettering. Gloss Black calipers are also available for a more discreet appearance.

The purposeful exterior is matched by a heightened sense of luxury inside with a carefully curated combination of finishes and upholstery. The twin-stitched, perforated and quilted Windsor leather is unique to the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition  and is available in four colour combinations (Ebony, Cirrus, Vintage Tan and Pimento) and the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition features 20-way adjustable heated and cooled front seats with memory and massage functions as standard.

The special touches inside extend to the unique sports steering wheel, which features a specially contoured rim and tactile aluminium gear shift paddles. Lower down, the rotary gear selector and control dials for the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system all feature a sophisticated knurled finish. An optional carbon fibre pack for the interior adds a more contemporary feel to the cabin,  while sports pedals and illuminated metal treadplates with Range Rover script complete the look.

Design elements extend to the 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display featuring unique ‘digitally knurled’ dials and a bespoke SVAutobiography Dynamic start-up screen. This digital detailing continues with the electronics that underpin the driving characteristics of the new flagship Velar model.

Calibrations for the AWD system, Active Rear Locking Differential, eight-speed transmission, steering and air suspension have all been honed and are bespoke to the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition; delivering a more focused driving experience. Engineers at Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations spent 63,900 hours fine-tuning the unique calibration to optimise the ride, handling and responsiveness.

The work of Special Vehicle Operations focused on delivering increased breath of capability, maintaining Land Rover’s renowned all-terrain expertise while providing new levels of dynamic control and performance. Aside from far-reaching electronic tuning, upgraded anti-roll bars reduce body roll during hard cornering and the revised set-up for the Continuously Variable Dampers works in combination with firmer air springs for the air suspension to deliver the ultimate balance of composure and comfort.

The all-wheel drive system has been uprated too with a transfer box capable of withstanding the higher loads generated by the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine. The advanced Intelligent Driveline Dynamics system precisely and imperceptibly distributes engine torque to suit the conditions. The set-up can direct as much as 100 per cent to the rear depending on the conditions.  

Speed-sensitive Electric Power Assisted Steering is fitted as standard, minimising effort at parking speeds but delivering precise and direct control at higher speeds, while the Velar’s Dynamic mode has been enhanced, optimising the steering, suspension and transmission settings to suit more enthusiastic on-road driving.

The unique character of the Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is also reflected by its bespoke exhaust set-up, which provides a soundtrack to match its performance. SV’s Variable Active Exhaust System features valve technology to optimise the exhaust note, depending upon the driving conditions, and provides Velar with an unmistakable V8 rumble. The active set-up is 7.1kg lighter than the standard design and its increased gas flow helps to unlock some of the flagship model’s increased performance.

The Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition sounds like no other SUV, but the most driver-focused model in the range is as practical as ever. The generous boot capacity is unaffected, while the flexible 40:20:40-split rear seats allow customers to vary the loadspace depending on their requirements. The 82-litre fuel tank also promises a genuine range in excess of 483km (300 miles).

The new Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is available in six exterior colours: Firenze Red, Santorini Black, Corris Grey, Fuji White, Indus Silver and, by special order, Satin Byron Blue.

Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is priced from £86,120 OTR in the UK.

5.0-litre V8 550PS AWD Automatic

Engine type

V8 petrol
32 valve; DOHC, variable intake and exhaust cam timing, Twin Vortex supercharger

Displacement (cc)

4,999

Bore / Stroke (mm)

92.5 x 93.0

Compression ratio

9.5:1

Max Power PS (kW)

550 (405) @ 6,000 - 6,500rpm

Max Torque Nm (lb ft)

680 (502) @ 2,500 - 5,500rpm

Euro standard

EU6

Transmission

ZF (8HP70) 8-speed automatic

Front brakes (ventilated discs) (mm)

395

Rear brakes (ventilated discs) (mm)

396

Steering

Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) rack and pinion; variable ratio

All-wheel drive system

Torque on-demand all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics & Terrain Response, sports tuned Electronic Differental

Front suspension

Double wishbone suspension, air springs, continuously-variable dampers, passive anti-roll bar

Rear suspension

Integral Link suspension with air springs, continuously-variable dampers, passive anti-roll bar

 

 

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS

 

Overall length (mm)

4,806

Overall height (with antennae)  (mm)

1,676

Overall width (mirrors folded) (mm)

2,041

Overall width (mirrors unfolded) (mm)

2,145

Wheelbase (mm)

2,874

Front overhang (mm)

838

Rear overhang (mm)

1,094

Front track (mm)

1,644 (air)

Rear track (mm)

1,663 (air)

Turning circle - kerb-to-kerb (m)

11.6

Turning circle - lock-to-lock

2.52

Drag coefficient (Cd)

0.35

   

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS

 

Headroom (with panoramic roof) (mm)

   970 (front) / 966 (rear)

Legroom (mm)

1,203 (front) / 935 (rear)

Luggage capacity (rear seats upright) (litres)

673 (to parcel shelf) / 834 (to roofline)

Luggage capacity (rear seats forward) (litres)

1,705

Loadspace max width (mm)

1,247

 

 

ALL-TERRAIN CAPABILITY (i) Off-road height (ii) Standard ride height  

Approach angle (deg)

(i) 24.0 / (ii) 22.7 (air suspension)

Departure angle (deg)

(i) 27.5 / (ii) 24.7

Ramp angle (deg)

(i) 21.8 / (ii) 20.2 

Maximum wading depth (mm)

650 (air suspension)

Ground clearance (mm)

(i) 251 / (ii) 205

 

WEIGHT

Weight from (EU unladen) (kg)

2,160

Towing - unbraked trailer (kg)

750

Maximum towing (kg)

2,500

 

 

PERFORMANCE

0-60mph (0-96km/h) (secs)

4.3

0-62mph (0-100km/h) (secs)

4.5

50-75mph (80-120km/h) (secs)

2.6

Top speed mph (km/h)

170 (274)

NEDC2 Fuel Consumption Combined mpg (l/100km)

Up to 23.9 (From 11.8)

NEDC2 CO₂ Emissions Combined (g/km)

From 270