Fifty years after Land Rover launched the very first Range Rover, and thus creating the luxury SUV sector, the english car maker breaks yet another milestone, defining a brand new style with the world’s first full-size luxury SUV Coupé.
Land Rover turns 70 this year, and the Range Rover launched in 1970. Created to commemorate the former and inspired by the latter, the Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupé returns the full-size SUV to its roots with a two-door configuration.
The company offered a two-door version of the Evoque when the baby SUV entered production, but not too long ago withdrew the option from the US market. And vintage Range Rovers from the 1970s used the two-door look to indicate more utility than luxury.
Developed by Land Rover Design and hand-crafted by Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), the SV Coupé wraps brand-new aluminium exterior panels around a commodious interior. Also highlighted is a two-part grille draped in Brunel Metallic rear mesh and Bright Chrome front mesh, in addition to a Bright Chrome/Black Knurled Range Rover hood, all of it handmade in UK’s Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.
“The Range Rover SV Coupé is a celebration of the Range Rover bloodline,” said Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer of Land Rover. “With a dramatic two-door silhouette, this breath-taking four-seat Coupe alludes to its unique heritage while being thoroughly modern and contemporary. Beautifully realized and superbly engineered, the Range Rover SV Coupé delivers the most distinguished, luxurious and exclusive Range Rover ever built.”
Providing a number of Land Rover’s signature detailing — like a floating roof and continuous waist design — the Coupé also offers distinctive details like optional 23-inch wheels, a first for Range Rover. On top of that, clients can select from a variety of additional details, like over 100 exterior or interior paint colors, contrast stitching, headrest embroidery and tread plate engraving.
A first for Range Rover is Nautica veneer, constructed from walnut and sycamore woods fused together, is available for covering the cargo floor, steering wheel, center console, and dashboard. Standard technologies include the InControl Touch Pro Duo dual-screen infotainment screen, a head-up display, and a 23-speaker Meridian audio system. Optional paint finishes include liquesence, which brings a liquid metal finish to Range Rover for the first time.
SV Coupé is additionally the fastest-ever full-size Range Rover, having a 165mph top speed. Powered by an exhilarating 565PS 5.-liter Supercharged V8 powertrain, the most powerful ever put into a full-size Range Rover, means SV Coupé hits 60mph in a mere 5 seconds.
Permanent four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer box and Active Locking Rear Differential guarantees effortless go-anywhere progress, aided by Terrain Response 2 featuring Dynamic, Eco, Comfort, Grass Gravel Snow, Mud and Ruts, Sand and Rock Crawl programs.
The suspension is tuned to give a more driver-focused edge compared to the regular Range Rover, with a ride height lowered by 8mm, but will remain composed and comfortable at all times. Plus, the SV Coupé loses none of Range Rover’s legendary all-terrain ability, with 900mm maximum wading depth – and a maximum towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes.
“As long as you give customers substance behind the price, they are happy to pay it,” says the director of Jaguar-Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division, Mark Stanton. “We’ve not had anybody complain about price.”
The new SV Coupé is going to be restricted to 999 units. It is going on sale in the fourth quarter of the year from $295,995, extras not included.