Land Rover Reveals the Most Expensive SUV You Can Buy

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Land Rover has pushed off-road luxury to new heights once again, with a new model that’s not just its highest priced vehicle ever, but the most expensive SUV on the market.

Retailing for $199,495 the new Range Rover SV Autobiography is the first SUV to even come close to the $200,000 mark and surpasses the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S ($157,300) by over $40,000.

That price is before options, though a look at the truck’s interior and it’s hard to imagine what else one could want.

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Adding to the already luxurious cabin are custom items made of a textured aluminum, including the start-stop surround, rotary gear selector, pedals and seat adjuster knobs.

A custom key fob, finished in same textured aluminum, is also included.

The rest of the interior metal details are completed in a brushed aluminum used on both the front and rear center consoles.

Rear seat luxury hits private jet levels with fold-out work tables and even a “beverage chiller.” Leaving no surface untouched, even the floor mats are custom and made from a deep twist pile mohair.

Pushing the price past the $200,000 mark, the privileged few can opt for a sliding luggage floor in the trunk, made of veneer wood and aluminum.

Unique among Range Rovers, the SV Autobiography is available with a two-tone paint job, with a black top half and a choice of nine colors for the lower half. A custom black (or “Graphite Atlas”) and polished chrome grille adorns the front of the SUV with unique black and chrome lettering on the hood and tailgate.

More than just luxury, Land Rover has equipped its most expensive model with its most powerful engine.

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Borrowed from the upcoming SVR performance model is a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that pushes 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to a retuned ECU and supercharger there’s an increase of 40 hp and 41 lb-ft more than the standard supercharged model. It’s also got the sound to match thanks to a unique exhaust system, competed with four chrome tailpipes.

“Range Rover originally defined the luxury SUV segment,” said John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, “and the new SVAutobiography, developed by Special Vehicle Operations, takes Range Rover to another level of comfort, craftsmanship and refinement.”

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Set to make its world premiere at the New York Auto Show later this week alongside the new Range Rover Sport HST and the new Range Rover sport Td6 diesel, the Range Rover SV Autobiography will go on sale this Fall.

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Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • LH LH on Mar 31, 2015

    Preposterous, is what Charles Spenser King (Range Rover designer, nephew of the Wilks brothers) would say, and I agree. The Range Rover Classic is a sad story, with so much NLA (No Longer Available) in the Parts Catalogue, Part No. RTC9961CB. The Ford ownership of Land Rover trashed the parts inventory.The Range Rover that started it all is an orphan! That Range Rover was basically meant to be a farmer/landed-person's car---totally utilitarian still, and durable. Ratan Tata, the latest owner of JLR, said that the Range Rover is the car of Rajas, and this must be coming true. The caste system of the aristocrats have car-jacked the utilitarian work truck. But this was long in coming, when to the dismay of King, celebrities and socialites adopted his Land Rover-Range Rover. These new Range Rovers--like other high-end cars, will be a nightmare on the resale market. The rich will buy these cars new, for a year or two. Those that they can afford a less-expensive, depreciated, second-hand one, will have a great disappointment, once the warranty expires. The loveable Land Rover of the National Geographic is dead.

    • LH LH on Mar 31, 2015

      "Those that think they can afford a less-expensive, depreciated, second-hand one, will have a great disappointment....." The loveable Land Rover of the National Geographic is dead. Come to think of it, so is the National Geographic.

  • LS Hill LS Hill on Mar 31, 2015

    I love the pretentious comments from bloated jerkoffs, wailing the injudiciousness of the last 40 years. I for one am glad that Tata has reinvigorated the LR brand, the irony that India now owns a British jewel is just the best !