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Range Rover SV Coupe: First Look

If you see the 2019 Range Rover as not quite illustrious enough, you’ll be happy to know the luxury SUV segment from Land Rover recently introduced the Range Rover SV Coupe. Autotrader received an exclusive look at the world’s first full-size, 2-door luxury SUV — and it’s an impressive sight.

Hand-built by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in Warwickshire, United Kingdom, the SV Coupe was officially created to celebrate the introduction of Range Rover nearly 50 years ago, and unofficially to challenge Bentley and Rolls-Royce in the quest for the most opulent sport utility vehicle.

To do this, the SV Coupe has eschewed the standard Range Rover’s two rear doors, lengthened the body by approximately 0.5-inch and elongated the front doors to over four feet in length. The front and rear bumpers have been restyled, and more slope was added to the floating roofline, giving the vehicle a more dynamic and sleeker look. In addition, composite pieces that typically make up areas such as the grille surround and side vents are now made of real metals. In fact, the only carry-over panels from the regular production vehicle are the bonnet (hood) and the lower liftgate in the rear.

Other exterior design elements include jeweled "RANGE ROVER" lettering that is adorned with rose gold-plated metal, and buyers will be able to choose from four alloy wheel designs and sizes. The vehicle on display sported Range Rover’s first ever 23-inch wheel option: a 2-tone silver polished six split-spoke design with 275/40 R23 Pirelli all-terrain tires.

Bespoke vehicles, such as this Range Rover SV Coupe, are designed with individuality in mind, so owners will have a wealth of exterior and interior selections to choose from, including eight satin or gloss exterior colors and sixteen optional SV Premium Palette colors. We experienced "The Modernist" theme, which included an Ethereal Silver paint with a $30,000 liquid metal exterior finish called Liquesence, that, well, had to been seen.

While the exterior is a beautiful expression of design and engineering that can be experienced by all, the interior is what makes SV Coupe owners hold their heads up just a bit higher as they pass drivers in inferior Bimmers and Benzes. Four curated duo-tone and four single-tone interior colorways are available, as well as plenty of leather coverings, stitching and veneers to decide upon. "The Modernist" theme has Ebony rear bucket seats that are a darker color than the front to highlight the coupe nature of the vehicle. And while I didn’t capitalize on the opportunity to sit back there, I was led to believe that those accommodations were second only to the perches up front.

The front seats power slide forward and back to allow easier access to the rear and are covered in a white gradated diamond-patterned semi-aniline leather. The dashboard, center console and everywhere else you might touch are adorned with leather, metal and wood, and any observable use of man-made materials has been kept to a minimum.

Technology is the same as what you’d find in a 2019 Range Rover, including the Touch Pro Duo’s two 10-inch touchscreens and a configurable high-resolution 12.3-in instrument display. A 1700w, 23-speaker Meridian sound system is standard.

The power closing doors have acoustically-treated frameless windows and are adorned with what Range Rover calls a Nautica veneer that is made of walnut and sycamore wood inlays (again, other choices are available). This veneer is also found on the steering wheel, center console and even the motorized load space floor of the cargo area.

The SV Coupe’s 5.0L supercharged V8 engine is a carry-over from other current Rovers and has been tuned for 557-horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission sends power to the permanent all-wheel drive system, via a 2-speed transfer box. Independent suspension is on all four corners with air springs and adaptive damping, and while ride height is slightly lower than a standard Rover, it can raise automatically or manually as needs arise, retaining the Range Rover’s off-road prowess via the integrated Terrain Response 2 technology and active locking rear differential.

This powertrain also aids in making the SV Coupe the fastest full-size Range Rover to date with a 0-to-60 time of 5.0 seconds and a top speed of 165 miles per hour.

EPA Estimated Fuel Economy ratings were not available at the time of this writing.

Priced from $295,000 in the U.S., the vehicle we experienced was $360,000. Production is limited to just 999 examples worldwide and the Range Rover SV Coupe will begin deliveries in early 2019. Prospective clients can register today on www.LandRoverUSA.com.

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