£240,000 Range Rover SV Coupé revealed at Geneva show

Land Rover has unveiled its latest model at the 2018 Geneva motor show – the limited-edition two-door Range Rover SV Coupé

Having long been the go-to vehicle for those yearning to recline in luxury over the roughest terrain Mother Nature can offer, the Range Rover has remained the last word in off-road ability and on-road refinement since 1970.

However, with the encroaching march in recent years of SUVs from Bentley and Rolls-Royce surpassing the exclusivity so enjoyed by Land Rover for the best part of half a century, in a bid to return to marketplace superiority a new model has landed.

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Unveiled at the Geneva motor show, the freshly unveiled Range Rover SV comes in almost three times more expensive than the standard car – starting with a cool £240,000 price tag.

Limited to a production run of only 999 vehicles, each model will be assembled by hand in Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) department, tailored to each customer’s specifications. Production will start next year.

Although the outside aesthetics appear near identical to its four-door brethren, the SV Coupé offers a lowered ride height with extended panels and bodywork, serving up an emphasised driver-focused edge alongside Land Rover’s trademark off-road practicality. In fact, the only shared exterior panels are the bonnet, light clusters, fuel filler flap and lower tailgate. Everything else is largely unique.

Within the cabin, designers at SVO have approached the interior with the same eye for detail usually reserved for Royal vehicles. Sporting a two-tone colour scheme, the front seats wear a lighter colour, with the rear bench wrapped in dark leather. This is apparently lifted from the chauffeuring experience enjoyed by the Queen – at least, according to chief designer Gerry McGovern.

There are also new wood finishes and door casings, paired to 20-way front and 10-way electrically adjustable rear seats – quilted in diamond ruche leather, naturally. The centre console, instrument panel and rear luggage space share characteristics with the current L322 Ultimate Edition Range Rover.

As if that isn’t quite enough, headrests are offered with bespoke embroidery, door handles and treadplates. Then there is the sound system – a 1700-watt, 23-speaker set-up featuring Trisfield 3D ‘concert sound’ technology.

What’s under the bonnet?

Power comes from a 5.0-litre V8 engine, offering 557bhp and 700Nm of torque, mated to ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. To those behind the wheel, bar making a seriously tasty exhaust note, 60mph can be struck from a standstill in 5.0 seconds, and push on to a top speed of 165mph; making the SV Coupé faster than any standard Range Rover.

Besides the option of glossy or matt paint, the palette offers 100 different shades alongside the same ‘match to sample’ mantra first started with Land Rover’s Autobiography scheme from the 1990s. Brand new wheel designs are also set to be offered in 21,22 and 23-inch forms.

Alternations have been made to the suspension on top of the 8mm reduced stance, with automatic sensors hunkering the SV down a further 15mm when breaching 65mph. Don’t think all this ‘driver edge’ takes away from the off-road prowess, however. The remarkable 900mm maximum wading depth is retained, as is the Terrain Response 2 traction system and locking rear differential.

Sales for the Range Rover SV Coupe will open in the last quarter of 2018, with a five-year care package proposed with every sale. You can find out more information on the official Land Rover global website.

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