New Range Rover SVAutobiography Ultimate is the poshest Rangie yet

Published: 31 March 2021

► Mk4 Range Rover to be replaced later this year
► SVAutobiography Ultimate is a fully-loaded swansong
► Costs from £147,441

Land Rover has unveiled a new set of ‘Ultimate’ Editions of the L405 Range Rover. The New SVAutobiography and SVAutobiography Dynamic Ultimate Editions represent the pinnacle of all this generation can offer – a fitting way to bow out, with the Mk5 Range Rover expected to be on sale before the end of 2021.

In the nine years this Range Rover’s been on sale the luxury end of the SUV market has exploded, and what was once the default choice for a posh off-roader is now forced to compete with everything from the top end of the Volvo XC90 and Porsche Cayenne right up to the ultra-luxury Bentley Bentayga, Aston Martin DBX and Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

Range Rover SVAutobiography Ultimate Edition - front three quarter

These Ultimate Editions will showcase the L405 to its best before its successor enters a very different market.

Mk5 Range Rover spy shots

What’s so Ultimate about them?

For starters, the price. Range Rover’s making two variants available, with the short-wheelbase taking the rather long name of SVAutobiography Dynamic Ultimate Edition. It costs from £147,441, while you’ll have to cough up £183,706 for the long-wheelbase one, more simply named SVAutobiography Ultimate Edition.

Those prices are both for the 557bhp supercharged V8 models – the only engine available for the Dynamic, though long-wheelbase Ultimates can be had with other engines including the plug-in hybrid P400e.

Range Rover SVAutobiography Ultimate Edition - badge

Both models include what Land Rover calls ‘a suite of complimentary hand-finished SV Bespoke features’. The first distinction is clear from the outset, with a new satin-finish Orchard Green paint colour and contrasting black roof. Copper detailing features throughout, including the gloss-black, copper-edged badges front and rear.

Inside, there’s more copper detailing, plus SV roundels embroidered on all four headrests and illuminated treadplates.

What’s the difference between the two?

The Dynamic Ultimate Edition is focused on those who’d like to drive themselves. It’s based on the short-wheelbase Range Rover and is powered exclusively by Land Rover’s 557bhp 5.0-litre supercharged V8.

The suspension geometry and steering have been tweaked to improve drivability and the car’s ride height has been lowered by 8mm, too. It wears 22-inch forged alloy wheels finished in dark grey, while inside there’s a knurled finish for the gear shift, starter button and pedals. Anodised red paddle shifters give a further nod to the driver focus.

Range Rover SVAutobiography Ultimate Edition - interior

Its upholstery is Ebony with Vintage Tan diamond-quilted leather, plus an Ebony headlining and Steel Weave carbon fibre trim finishers.

Those who prefer to be chauffeur-driven, meanwhile, will enjoy the long-wheelbase Ultimate. The fun’s in the back of this one with Land Rover’s Executive Class Comfort-Plus rear seats – a pair of airline-style perches that recline, are heated and cooled, feature massaging functions and footrests, plus 1.2 metres of rear legroom.

The rear doors are power closing so you don’t have to lift a finger, while the car’s full-length centre console features an integrated Zenith timepiece, fridge and tables.

Land Rover’s recommended trim for this one is Vintage Tan leather and Copper Weave carbon fibre trim finishers. Customers can, of course, customise these cars however they’d like – the bespoke nature of SV products means virtually anything ought to be possible for the right price.

Range Rover SVAutobiography Ultimate Edition - interior

“Range Rover has defined the luxury SUV segment for more than half a century,” said Mark Turner, commercial director of Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division, “with our SVAutobiography models offering customers a world-class travel experience – whether driving, or being driven. These new Ultimate editions elevate that refinement and sophistication even further.”

Get in touch with your bank and your local Land Rover dealer if you want to order one of these new SVAutobiography Ultimate Range Rovers.

By Tom Wiltshire

Bauer Automotive staff writer; Cotswoldian, Peugeot enthusiast, SsangYong Turismo apologist