Range Rover unveils absurdly priced, two-door SV Coupe

Range Rover unveils absurdly priced, two-door SV Coupe

Range Rover unveils absurdly priced, two-door SV Coupe

The new SUV's cockpit will, according to the manufacturer, "set new standards for materials and craftsmanship, with extensive personalisation options for SV Coupe clients". US pricing begins at $295,000.

Limited to a production run of just 999 examples worldwide, the SV coupe will be hand assembled at the SVO Technical Centre in Warwickshire, England.

Not since the Dodge Ramchargers and O.J.

The SV Coupe can trace its lineage back 50 years to the launch of the original Range Rover.

But if the "luxury" thing didn't tip you off to the fact that this is in no way a return to Range Rover's relatively utilitarian roots, we'll point you to the exclusivity and price.

The floating roof is a bit more raked for added swagger, but the sides and rear will seem very familiar. It gets nearly entirely unique sheetmetal, with only the hood and lower tailgate carrying over from the four-door. New to Range Rover is Liquesence, an optional liquid metal exterior paint finish. You also can get a matte finish, but aren't we over that?

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The interior of the model is also remarkable for the availability of contrasting color schemes. The SV is a four-seat proposition, with semi-aniline quilted leather trim inspired by the world of private jets and yachts. Yes, you can get rose-gold badges if that's to your taste. The SV will get a choice of four front-to-rear contrast interior colours, a range of single-tone interior colours and a choice of three wood veneers. The standard audio system is a 1,700-watt, 23-speaker Meridian setup that will probably blow your (two) doors clean off. Both the screens are 10 inches.

Each SV Coupe will be hand-assembled by the experts at the SVO Technical Center in the United Kingdom - a first for Range Rover.

It will be considerably quicker than the first-ever Rangie though, with a brutish 416kW/700Nm 5.0-litre supercharged V8 that will throw the SV Coupe from 0-100kph in just 5.3 seconds and on to a 266kph top speed, making it the fastest Range Rover to date. A ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters sends torque to a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer case and a locking rear differential. It comes equipped with Terrain Response 2 featuring modes like Dynamic, Eco, Comfort, Grass Gravel Snow, Mud and Ruts, Sand and Rock Crawl.

The coupe sits about a third of an inch lower than the four-door, but it still can ford almost 3 feet of water. The wheel size ranges from 21 inch to 23 inch, and should there be a need to take the SV Coupe off the road, the variable air suspension will be more than happy to oblige. The coupe will tow 7,716 pounds. The best interior, Land Rover's biggest engine and special touches from SVO, Land Rover's in-house customisation arm.

Don't hold your breath for any of these SUVs to be sacrificed for crash-test ratings.

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