Land Rover has confirmed that it will introduce a limited run Range Rover two-door SUV, called the Range Rover SV Coupé, with only 999 vehicles to be built.
A two-door test mule has been running around in the last couple of months, with speculation that Land Rover was working on a large coupe, and today, at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the company revealed the production version.
It has been designed to celebrate Land Rover’s 70th Anniversary year, and is said to pay homage to the original Range Rover, albeit in a far more luxurious form. Land Rover says that it is the world’s first full size luxury SUV coupe.
While the exterior looks like a shortened version of the Range Rover Vogue, there’s a bit more to it than that.
The bonnet and lower tailgate are the only two parts carried over, with every other aluminium panel being redesigned. Even the front and rear bumpers have been refreshed to suit the coupe shape. And check out that side “gill”, which looks even more special thanks to its dual textures.
The grille is a two-piece arrangement with “Brunel Metallic” mesh sat behind a chrome mesh. A satin metal surround envelops the handcrafted Land Rover logo that has been created in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, in England.
The front doors are frameless arrangements, which drop the windows a fraction when opening, like a proper coupe.
Up front, matrix LED headlights consist of 144 LEDs and four laser diodes, which the company says provides five times higher brightness than standard LED lights. They’ll project to a distance of over 500 metres, but won’t blind oncoming drivers thanks to an auto highbeam feature.
The main feature that distinguishes the SV Coupe from the standard Range Rover (aside from the two fewer doors) is the interior, with differentiation between front and back seats – there are always lighter fronts and darker rears.
Those front seats are both heated and cooled, and are 20-way electrically adjustable, while the rear seats are 10-way electrically adjustable.
Semi-aniline leather wraps all pews, with a graduated quilting design, and new foams have been added to increase long distance comfort while making entry for rear passengers reasonably accessible thanks to a thinner profile.
There’s a centre console that runs from front to back, delineating each passenger’s space. And thanks to this layout, the Range Rover SV Coupe is a four-seater only.
But we do wonder what the entry and egress will be like, considering the front two doors wouldn’t be overly long. They will be quite heavy, too, we’d suggest.
Infotainment is taken care of by InControl Touch Pro Duo, which – like the Range Rover Velar – gets both a 10-inch display and 10-inch control panel below it, while the driver gets a 12-inch digital instrument panel.
While we’re talking 10-inches, the full colour heads up display is also that size, and shows everything from street names through to off-road info.
Audiophiles should appreciate the 1700w, 23-speaker, Meridian 3D Signature Sound System.
Engine and suspension
Under the bonnet you’ll find a reworked version of JLR’s excellent supercharged 5.0-litre V8 – no diesels around these parts – that makes a healthy 416kW and 700Nm, matched with ZF’s excellent eight-speed auto; and yes, you do get paddle-shifters.
Land Rover says the SV Coupe will get from 0-100kmh in just 5.3 seconds and will haul to a top speed of 266kmh.
Underneath is full time four-wheel-drive, and none of the proper off-road prowess has been left out, with a two-speed transfer box and electrically operated locking rear diff.
Terrain Response 2 software gives it Dynamic, Eco, Comfort, Grass Gravel Snow, Mud and Ruts, Sand and Rock Crawl programs, allowing it to deliver you to your destination in your tux, no matter what the surface.
Air suspension is standard, of course, but Land Rover has given it what it calls a “more driver-focused edge” than a regular Range Rover.
The ride height has been lowered by 8mm, but there’s still 900mm of wading depth, and if you choose to fit a tow-bar, there’s a maximum towing capacity of 3500kg (braked).
There are four wheel options ranging from 21-inch to 23-inch, with two new forged wheels. The company says that the 23-inch forged wheel with a two-tone silver and 275/40 R23 all-terrain tyres, is a first for Range Rover.
“The Range Rover SV Coupé is a celebration of the Range Rover bloodline,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer. “With a dramatic two-door silhouette, this breath-taking four seat coupé alludes to its unique heritage whilst being thoroughly modern and contemporary. Beautifully realised, superbly engineered, the Range Rover SV Coupé delivers the most distinguished, luxurious and exclusive Range Rover ever built.”
Land Rover says that the new Range Rover SV Coupe will be built at the SV Technical Centre in Ryton-on-Dunsmore in Warwickshire, and the company says this is definitely a hand-assembled machine. With 999 to be built, those hands will be busy for a few years.
“Land Rover created the luxury SUV sector with Range Rover almost 50 years ago,” said John Edwards, Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director. “In launching the new Range Rover SV Coupé, we will offer clients an alluring combination of peerless luxury and rarity. Unveiling this special vehicle at Geneva International Motor Show in March, during Land Rover’s 70th Anniversary year, will be a defining moment for Land Rover, the Range Rover portfolio and Special Vehicle Operations.”
Range Rover SV Coupe pricing
Pricing for the SV Coupe starts at £240,000, with plenty of scope for personalisation, given there will only be 999 units made.
Compare that with the starting price of an SV Autobiography LWB four-door model – £177,030 – and you can see that this will be the most expensive Range Rover ever made.
RANGE ROVER SV COUPÉ
|ENGINE & TRANSMISSION|
|Engine capacity (cc)|
V8 Supercharged petrol
|Torque Nm / lb ft|
8-speed automatic, Permanent All-Wheel Drive, two-speed transfer box
|Front and rear suspension|
Front: independent, SLA with twin lower links with air springs / Adaptive Damping / Dynamic Response
380mm ventilated discs
365mm ventilated discs
275/45 R21, 275/40 R22 or 275/40 R23
Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) rack and pinion
|Width inc. / exc. mirrors (mm)|
2,220 / 2,073
|Height with antenna (mm)|
|Deep Fording – Drive through depth|
|Approach angle at Off Road Height (deg)|
|Breakover angle at Off Road Height (deg)|
|Departure angle at Off Road Height (deg)|
|Towing capability (Maximum Permissible Mass)|
3500kg – with Advanced Tow Assist
|PERFORMANCE & ECONOMY|
|Top speed ( km/h)|
|Fuel consumption -combined (l/100km)|