The 2016 version of the Range Rover SV Autobiography is exclusive, luxurious and about the same price as a small Sydney apartment!
Simply, if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it.
This vehicle is about demonstrating to the world that you shouldn’t be underestimated, that you have in fact, made it.
Aside from all that, the 2016 Range Rover SV Autobiography is about the most capable off road machine there is, able to traverse wild rivers and conquer mountains without even looking like raising a sweat.
That said, I’d be surprised if any of the few Range Rover SV Autobiography’s in the country will ever leave the road.
In fact, I’d go as far as saying most people who own one will spend more time in the back seat sipping champagne than in the drivers seat.
Which is a pity because the big (and I mean big, enormous actually) Range Rover is great to drive.
The model I tested is fitted with a 4.4 litre twin turbo V8 diesel that produces 250kw and 740Nm linked to an eight speed automatic.
Thanks to the intensive use of aluminium in the Range Rover’s construction it’s not as heavy as it looks, tipping the scales at a little under 2500kg.
Which means it accelerates better than you’d imagine. 0-100km/h is dispatched in 7.2 seconds, and the way it piles on pace for a high speed overtake manoeuvre is breathtaking.
For a tall vehicle it handles surprisingly well too, able to switch direction at speed without losing its balance, and providing reasonable feedback through the steering wheel.
The ride is sublime, insulating you from whatever it is you’re driving on. It’s quiet, refined and oh so sophisticated.
The long wheel base means there’s no shortage of space in the back.
Sure, go ahead, recline your seat, extend the footrest out and get comfortable.
There are many airlines that could learn a thing or two about how to prepare a first class seat from this big Rangie.
Blingy diamantes surround the start button and pedals. Even the grab handles are plump with intricate stitching.
The seats will massage your stress away, and of course they’re heated, but will waft cool air up your backside too if it’s hot out.
There’s a refrigerated storage bin in the back that will swallow an entire champagne bottle, and there’s even a place beside it that will chill the champagne flutes as well.
Elegant tray tables that can be extended and are equipped with USB ports rise gracefully up from between the two back seats at the touch of a button.
The big central console in the back has individual climate control settings, and there’s a remote control to operate the audio system, or just run with the digital TV or watch a movie stored on the massive on board hard drive.
Privacy shades add a bit extra to the black glass to stop peasants looking in on you while you whisk down the freeway munching on caviar blinis.
There’s lashings of high quality leather everywhere. Everything you touch exudes quality.
It’s why you see these cars in all the latest music video clips.
It’s why the Range Rover is the car of choice for Royalty and uber celebrities worldwide. It is the definition of ultra cool.
It defies logic in many ways. Not only because of it’s supremely capable abilities, but for the sheer ridiculousness of it.
The Range Rover SV Autobiography announces to the world you’ve made it. But most of all, it declares that you even though you’ve got money, you also have impeccable taste.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Range Rover SV Autobigraphy
Engine: 4.4 litre turbo-diesel V8 developing 250kW and 740Nm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Safety: Not tested
Origin: United Kingdom
Price: from $346,340