What is it?
Ever since Jaguar Land Rover opened its Special Vehicle Operations division a couple of years back, it has been pretty obvious that a performance Range Rover was high on its agenda. The interesting question has been, how hot would it be? The first SVO product, the Range Rover Sport SVR, was quite an extreme machine. Would the full-fat version eclipse it?
Now the question has been answered, and the clue's in the name. The new, £132,800 Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic holds short of using the full SVR title of its slightly smaller sporting sibling, and keeps the name of its luxurious offshoot, the SVAutobiography. From now on there are two special models at the top of the Range Rover heap: the long wheelbase SVAutobiography and this new, short wheelbase, more powerful SVAutobiography Dynamic.
The new model, available for order now, starts life with the rest of the aluminium Range Rovers at Solihull, but diverts to the new SVO plant at Oxford Road, near Coventry, for paint and special fettling. It uses the same 542bhp 5.0-litre supercharged engine as the Sport SVR – also with a mighty 502lb ft of torque on tap – though the mode of delivery has been “civilised” slightly with a different throttle map. The top speed is 155mph and the 0-60mph time is a highly impressive 5.1sec.