Revamped version of Range Rover Autobiography features exclusive design tweaks, will only be offered to Virgin Galactic flyers

Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division has unveiled a special Range Rover Astronaut Edition, which will only be available to people who have signed up to fly into space with Virgin Galactic.

The Astronaut Edition is based on the SVO-developed Range Rover Autobiography, with a number of unique interior and exterior design elements.

It is part of an ongoing collaboration between Land Rover and Virgin Galactic, which is aiming to start offering commercial space flights using its SpaceShipTwo vehicle. So far, around 600 people have signed up as 'Future Astronauts' by reserving a flight.

Exterior changes include an exclusive Zero Gravity Blue paint, bespoke puddle lamp design and Astronaut Edition badging on the rear and side of the car.

The interior features a ‘DNA of flight’ graphic on the carbon fibre centre console lid and rear armrest, and engraved aluminium door handles.

Most notable are two discs within the cup holders, which have been crafted from the landing skid from the Virgin Spaceship Unity craft that flew last year. One of the discs features a quote from Virgin boss Richard Branson, with the other showing details of the flight. Once a buyer has flown into space on a Virgin Galactic flight, the discs will be replaced with part of the wooden skid from the craft they flew in.

The Range Rover Astronaut Edition will be offered with a range of Land Rover engines, including the 398bhp p400e plug-in hybrid, and the 518bhp 5.5-litre V8 P525 supercharged petrol engine.

Pricing for the Astronaut Edition has not been disclosed. The Range Rover Autobiography starts at £103,130, while a reservation for a 90-minute Virgin Galactic flight costs around £190,000.

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9 May 2019

Forgotten all about that? Can Branson go up first!

Other than that It's just a shameful gimmick thet'll emarrass JLR in years to come.

 

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

9 May 2019
xxxx wrote:

Forgotten all about that? Can Branson go up first!

Other than that It's just a shameful gimmick thet'll emarrass JLR in years to come.

 

 

What is the rationale behind your statement?.

9 May 2019
Takeitslowly wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Forgotten all about that? Can Branson go up first!

Other than that It's just a shameful gimmick thet'll emarrass JLR in years to come.

What is the rationale behind your statement?.

Like others here it's a gimmick and embarrasment to the JLR product line-up. Pretty straight forward comment.

What's the rationale behind your comment on my opinion?

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

9 May 2019

I think it's beyond embarrassing right now, and smacks of desperation on JLRs part. 

9 May 2019
xxxx wrote:

It's just a shameful gimmick thet'll emarrass JLR in years to come.

 

Just like Elon Musk's shameful gimmick that will embarass him for years to come, when he sent a perfectly usable car into space to orbit round mars, wasting natural resources and money (which could have been dontated to charity). Of course of we look back we ll see you condemned that shameful gimimck back then . . . oh no hold on you, DEFENDED it, care to explain your hypocrisy ? :) Tacky as it is, at least JLR will make some extra cash and making money is the point of their existence.

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10 May 2019
typos1 wrote:

xxxx wrote:

It's just a shameful gimmick thet'll emarrass JLR in years to come.

 

Just like Elon Musk's shameful gimmick that will embarass him for years to come, when he sent a perfectly usable car into space to orbit round mars, wasting natural resources and money (which could have been dontated to charity). Of course of we look back we ll see you condemned that shameful gimimck back then . . . oh no hold on you, DEFENDED it, care to explain your hypocrisy ? :) Tacky as it is, at least JLR will make some extra cash and making money is the point of their existence.

Space X, I had to explain it to someone like you then and I do it again for you. They had to test it with an odd shape with electics and different materials. Yes it could have been a MG Metro but at least they didn't CREATE a bit of tat to sell to the gullible. There's a difference!

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

10 May 2019
xxxx wrote:

typos1 wrote:

xxxx wrote:

It's just a shameful gimmick thet'll emarrass JLR in years to come.

 

Just like Elon Musk's shameful gimmick that will embarass him for years to come, when he sent a perfectly usable car into space to orbit round mars, wasting natural resources and money (which could have been dontated to charity). Of course of we look back we ll see you condemned that shameful gimimck back then . . . oh no hold on you, DEFENDED it, care to explain your hypocrisy ? :) Tacky as it is, at least JLR will make some extra cash and making money is the point of their existence.

Space X, I had to explain it to someone like you then and I do it again for you. They had to test it with an odd shape with electics and different materials. Yes it could have been a MG Metro but at least they didn't CREATE a bit of tat to sell to the gullible. There's a difference!

There are many, many ways they could have done that WITHOUT wasting a perfectly good car, it was nothing but a shameful publicity stunt and if you cant see that that you are gullible yourself. As a species we ve created masses of space junk around this planet already thats starting to cause us problems and these problems will get far, far worse in the future, adding junk round Mars is hardly environmental responsiblilty, something Musk claims to have. This RR is tacky, but it was not "created" out of nothing - its an existing vehicle with a few tacky extras, it will sell and it will make the company money, more money than a standard RR. You are my, friend, nothing but a massive hypocrite, you adore Musk so you dont critcise him for doing something far worse than this tacky special edition, you hate RR so you pan them for making a tacky version of an exoting car. You coudlnt make it up.

XXXX just went POP.

9 May 2019
Contains a beautifully crafted mahogany box on the dash to keep your ashes in. The Virgin craft is even more likely to blow up than a Vauxhall Zafira!

9 May 2019

Land Rover finally jumps the shark.

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