Scheduled to debut later this week at the New York Motor Show, the SVAutobiography replaces the range-topping Autobiography Black trim level. Based on the long-wheelbase Range Rover, the new model gains a number of relatively minor visual updates including model-specific emblems on the hood and on the tailgate, a new radiator grille finished in Graphite Atlas and polished chrome as well as four exhaust outlets. A two-tone paint job that pairs a Santorini Black roof with one of nine available colors is available at an extra cost.
Inside, the SVAutobiography lives up to its flagship positioning with knobs, dials and pedals machined from solid aluminum as well as leather upholstery on the seats, the dashboard and the door panels. The rear occupants are treated to power-retractable aircraft-inspired tablets, a drink cooler, twisted pile mohair carpet and solid aluminum coat hooks bolted to the door pillars.
Buyers after a fully-loaded SUV can order the optional sliding luggage floor. Made out of aluminum and real wood, the floor slides out by several inches in order to make loading and unloading items a breeze while adding an extra touch of luxury.
In North America, the SVAutobiography is exclusively available with a 5.0-liter V8 engine that uses a Roots-type twin vortex supercharger to generate 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft. of torque. Borrowed from the Range Rover Sport SVR, the supercharged V8 sends power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Brembo brakes all around bring the action to a stop, but Land Rover has not published performance specifications.
The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography will go on sale this fall. It will start at $199,495, excluding a mandatory $995 destination charge.
Live photos by Brian Williams.