For the 2016 model year, Land Rover is making a mild tweak to its lineup, as it will replace the Range Rover Autobiography Black with the new SVAutobiography. With this change just over the horizon, Land Rover decided to unveil the model at the 2015 New York Auto Show, which kicks off on April 1st. Ahead of this debut, the SUV manufacturer gave us a detailed preview of the new model.
Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations will manufacture this new model, and the bespoke arm started by dropping the 5.0-liter V-8 from the Range Rover Sport SVR into the SVAutobiography’s engine compartment. This engine injects 550 horsepower and 502-pound-feet of torque into the new model – a 40-horsepower and 41-pound-feet increase over the Autobiography Black. This powerful V-8 will mate with a ZF-built eight-speed auto transmission.
Setting the SVAutobiography apart from other Range Rovers are special badges on the rear hatch, unique hood lettering, a revised Graphite Atlas-colored grille with chrome highlights, black brake calipers, and polished quad tailpipes. Buyers can further distinguish their SVAutobiography with an optional dual-tone paint scheme that combines a Santorini Black upper body with a lower body in one of nine different colors.
Inside the cabin, the luxurious additions continue. The SVAutobiography features solid aluminum controls, including the rotary transmission knob, the pedals, and the start-stop button surround. The rear seats feature a bottle chiller, power-deploying tables, solid-aluminum coat hooks, aluminum seat-rail finishers, and twist-pile floor mats.
Finally, the luggage compartment gets a nice addition, as Land Rover adds in a sliding luggage floor made from aluminum and covered in wood veneer. This sliding rear floor is not only a gorgeous addition to an oft-forgotten area, but it also makes loading cargo much easier.
The Range Rover SVAutobiography will hit dealers in the fall of 2015. It will start at $199,495, which is a $14,465 increase over the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Black.