Geneva Motor Show: Range Rover SV Coupe

Range Rover SV Coupe

“There are 100 paint colours but really the sky’s the limit”

"The Range Rover SV Coupe is a celebration of the Range Rover bloodline".

Although it's clearly related to the regular Rangie, the SV Coupe shares only its bonnet and lower-tailgate with the five-door model.

It's also the fastest Range Rover you can buy, meant to tap into the lucrative market for high-end, limited-edition sports cars. This was before we knew its name, "Bentayga" but could imagine the specification and the budget Bentley had to throw at courtesy of the bank of mum and dad, aka Volkswagen.

The SV Coupe has also got the most powerful engine in the array of Range Rover models, a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with 577 horsepower, and capability to run from 0-60 miles per hour in 5 seconds and up to 165 miles per hour.

Land Rover claims the SV Coupe uses adaptive air suspension which has a standard 0.31-inch ride height. Hand built at the Special Vehicle Operations facility in Warwickshire, the SV Coupe is based on a shortened version of the Range Rover platform, and is set to cost £240,000. Range Rover has become such a famous division of the Land Rover that it seems to take the style and luxury of the parent company to an extreme new level. The are eight gloss or matte exterior shades with an optional liquesence paint finish, which brings a liquid metal finish to Range Rover for the first time.

Just 999 examples of the SV Coupe will be built, and each owner will work hand-in-hand with Special Vehicle Operations to personalise their auto. Land Rover will offer four front-to-rear contrast seating options if you wish, with different colours for the front and rear seats.

Range Rover has introduces the first full-size luxury SUV Coupe. Three veneer choices include the new Nautica, a walnut/sycamore fusion. There are number of different colour options for the hide, including contrasting finishes for the front and rear seats, creating a "zoned" effect to the interior.

Given its coupe billing lower centre of gravity (the SV is 75mm lower than the standard vehicle - although at 5013mm it's actually 13mm longer), it's no surprise to find Land Rover has attempted to make the newcomer more sporting to drive. There's a 10-inch touchscreen that handles infotainment duties, a 10-inch screen for climate and vehicle settings, a 10-inch color head-up display and a 12-inch configurable gauge display. And, rap stars/burnt-out metal heads rejoice, there's 1,700 watts of Meridian sound system powering no less than 23 speakers.

Which is where the SUV coupe's permanent four-wheel drive will prove to be useful.

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