– Detroit, Michigan

Compared to the Honda CR-Vs, Jeep Grand Cherokees, and Subaru Foresters of the world, every Range Rover is a special automotive snowflake. Land Rover has done a phenomenal job in this latest generation, to make its flagship a luxurious-feeling SUV, but with all of the capability that we expect from the off-roading brand name.

But the Range Rover SV Autobiography is clearly the most extraordinary flavor the company now serves up. The supercharged V8 makes a heroic 550 horsepower, while the super-plush backseat cooler is busy making your champagne a perfect 48 degrees. As far as I can tell, it’s the only mountain climbing limousine that can also acquit itself respectably at the dragstrip… at least off the rack from a big name OEM (sorry, Mansory).

The downside, of course, is that the sticker price is rather upscale as well. We don’t typically feature $200,000-vehicles in our consumer-aimed Why Buy? series, but when we do you’d better believe they’re worth watching. Hey, one-percenters need shopping tips, too.

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Engine Supercharged 5.0-liter V8
Output 550 Horsepower / 502 Pound-Feet
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic
Efficiency 14 City / 19 Highway / 16 Combined
As-Tested Price $200,490
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