- Exclusive Velar SUV taken to the next level
- Supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine
- SV brakes, lightweight 21” forged wheels
PRETORIA, South Africa – Land Rover says it has given its mid-size SUV, the Range Rover Velar, more performance, luxury and exclusivity with a limited-run SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition.
The top-dog 2019 Velar was, Landy says, developed by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations and uas a supercharged, 405kW, five-litre, V8 engine.
A range of ”design enhancements” has been added ”for exclusivity” and production will accommodate buyers for one year only.
The Velar is the second to have won the World Car Design of the Year (2018) and is the second model in the Range Rover family to wear that badge – the first was the 2017 Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic.
It’s capable, its maker says, of 0-100km/h in 4.5sec and 274km/h while ”cosseting people with traditional Range Rover refinement and comfort”.
Uprated brakes and suspension , plus bespoke settings for everything from the power train to the crash-protection/avoidance systems are said to ensure the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition ”mixes the personality of a performance car with the go-anywhere ability of a luxury mid-size SUV.”
Michael van der Sande, Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations MD, told The Cornet in a media release: “Developing this Velar is the kind of task for which Special Vehicle Operations was made.
”The challenge was to increase performance without compromising its composure, capability, and refinement. In the process we created an SUV with brilliant balance between go-anywhere practicality, dynamic performance and relaxing comfort.”
Visual enhancements and unique trim finishes not only, the maker says, deliver a more purposeful appearance and attention to detail. Among them are a new front bumper with larger air intakes, a new grille and lower side mouldings, and a revised rear bumper with four exhaust tips.
It all adds up to become fastest Velar. And perhaps the most exclusive with a unique Satin Byron Blue metallic paint job – except for the roof, which is black – which one would hope would not appear on units destined for Africa.
Land Rover’s chief designer Gerry McGovern said: “This Velar amplifies its desirable nature with a compelling combination of more performance and luxury…”
The packs rolls on distinctive forged 21” aluminium wheel rims (standard Velar, 20”) with 22” an option complete with a ”silver sparkle” finish. Inside, front and rear respectively, are 395mm and 396mm diameter disc brakes with red callipers (gloss black an option).
The luxurious cabin features stitched, perforated, and quilted leather upholstery – four colour combinations involving Ebony, Cirrus, Vintage Tan, and Pimento). The front pair are 20-way adjustable, with chilling or heating, memory settings and a massage function.
The steering-wheel is exclusive to the model: contoured rim and aluminium shift paddles. The rotary gear selector and circular info/audio control have knurled finishes – though a carbon option is available.
COMPOSED AND LUXURIOUS
Key to a Land Rover is all-wheel drive: it includes a locking rear differential, eight-speed auto transmission and air suspension – that last as first supplied to the UK’s Queen Elizabeth many year ago..
The brands top engineer, Stuart Adlard, told The Corner: “This Velar has the all-terrain ability and comfort of a Range Rover… it’s a composed and luxurious SUV that looks, sounds and feels unique.”
The Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition will be priced from R1 714 000 and will be introduced to South Africa in the second half of 2019.
- The Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition will be priced from R1 714 000 and will be introduced to South Africa in the second half of 2019. Prices when they arrive.