2016 Range Rover SVAutobiography raises the luxury benchmark
Range-topping replacement for the current Autobiography Black model, the new 2016 Range Rover SVAutobiography made its global debut in New York. Created at JLR's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) Technical Center in Britain, it matches an even higher level of absolute opulence with the most potent Supercharged V8 engine ever fitted in a series-production Range Rover. In addition to unveiling this new flagship offering, the firm used the show to present a host of other powertrain and feature upgrades that will be coming to the rest of the 2016 lineup.
Adding new upscale edge
Exterior cues that define the new SVAutobiography include a bespoke grille finished in Graphite Atlas and polished chrome, unique typeface lettering on the hood and a custom tailgate badge as well as the option for a new dual-tone finish that sets off one of nine available colors with a Santorini Black upper body. Inside, the Range Rover's already super-plush cabin gains a host of new detail upgrades starting with knurled solid-aluminum rotary controls and sport pedals, distinctive trims and accents for the front/rear consoles, deep twist-pile mohair carpeted floor mats, a beverage chiller compartment and power-activated drop-down tables in the rear seat area as well as a dedicated SVAutobiography key fob. Buyers also will be able to opt for a sliding rear cargo floor made from aluminum and covered in choice of wood veneers.
Powering the 2016 Range Rover SVAutobiography is the same 550-horse Supercharged 5.0-liter V8 used in the top Range Rover Sport SVR model. Specifically tweaked for this application, it makes 502 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission that features steering-wheel-mounted shifter paddles. Although it has 40 more ponies and 41 additional peak twist units than the like-sized engine in other Range Rover 5.0 models, fuel economy remains unchanged. On sale in the fall, price of entry for this new ultra-spec Range Rover model will start at $199,590.
New powertrains/features for all 2016 Range Rover models
Borrowing a page from the 2016 Range Rover Sport HSE playbook, the entire Range Rover family will benefit from a selection of impressive upgrades to its drivetrains and comfort/convenience elements. On the motivation front, a more potent version of the 3.0-liter Supercharged V6 used in the 2015 Range Rover HSE has been recalibrated to up its pony count from 340 to 380. For the first time, the Range Rover HSE also will be on offer here in Td6 form. It's fitted with the well-proven 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that makes 245 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque, a figure that will allow a Td6 HSE to tow 7,716 pounds and return 28 mpg on the highway.
Other key Range Rover enhancements for the 2016 model year include a standard Hands-Free Gesture Tailgate that responds to foot swipes below the rear corner of the vehicle, fully autonomous operation of the Automatic Access Height feature on the air suspension system, an improved Surround View Camera setup that provides even clearer images and an expanded suite of Land Rover InControl connected car tech giving drivers more options to remotely monitor and modify various functions as well improve integration of the owners smartphone with the touchscreen in the vehicle. Like the new SVAutobiography, all of the 2016 Range Rover models are due to roll into showrooms here this autumn.
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