Reduced practicality adds appeal for three-door Range Rover that harks back to the 1970s.
Land Rover has taken the covers off its exclusive new three-door Range Rover SV Coupe, a model that harks back right to the beginning of the Range Rover story in 1969.
First teased back in January, the new Range Rover SV Coupe brings the original high-riding coupe right into the 21st century. Don’t think that this will become another top 40 hit for Land Rover like the Range Rover Sport, Evoque, and Velar models – only 999 are set to be built, and all with a hefty asking price of over £200,000.
Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicles Operations on the outskirts of Coventry will be handling the construction of these limited-run giants, which are perfect for people who love the impracticality of a BMW X6 or Mercedes GLE Coupe but want to spend far too much money.
The SV Coupe’s frameless power-close doors seal you into a carefully put together environment that fuses old-school craftsmanship and the latest technology. Range Rover is particularly proud of its Nautica wood trim, which combines sycamore and walnut.
The heated and cooled 20-way electrically adjustable front seats and 10-way adjustable rear seats feature semi-aniline leather from a single tannery – Range Rover says it’s aiming for a luxury yacht ambience.
The SV Coupe becomes the next new model after the new Jaguar I-Pace (revealed last week) to get the company’s new Touch Pro Duo touchscreen infotainment system that uses several screens, mostly to show off. The 10-inch central screen in the Range Rover is the focal point of an otherwise charmingly minimalist dashboard.
Power for the new three-door Range Rover comes courtesy of a 5-litre supercharged V8 engine that produces 557bhp and 516lb ft of torque that’s mated up with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Those numbers are good for a 0-62mph time of 5.3 seconds and a 165mph top speed.
Of course, this being a Range Rover the company isn’t leaving off-road capability out of the equation – all 999 SV Coupes get air suspension as standard that’s designed to maximise comfort at a cruise by lowering the car 15mm, but it can increase the ride height up to 75mm when it gets to the rough stuff.
Permanent four-wheel drive features a two-speed transfer box and locking rear differential, and the SV Coupe has a wading depth of 900mm should you want to drive out to your yacht instead of waiting for the tender.
Distinguished and luxurious
Land Rover says this is the most ‘distinguished and luxurious’ Range Rover it has ever built – reflected not just in the styling and price tag but also the hefty range of customisation possibilities there are.
Buyers can select from curated ‘themes’ for their SV Coupes, or they can pick and choose from a range of colours options and materials throughout. Want a two-tone interior from front to rear? SVO will sort that out for you.