RE: Range Rover SV Coupe: Geneva 2018

RE: Range Rover SV Coupe: Geneva 2018

Tuesday 6th March

Range Rover SV Coupe: Geneva 2018

Gaydon returns to its roots with a two-door Range Rover. Except it's got 565hp. And costs £240,000



Of course, this has been coming for a while. Coupe versions of SUVs are not new by any stretch of the imagination - Land Rover being the first to remind us that when the Range Rover launched in 1970, it was as a three-door model - but typically they are not full-size or else not what Gaydon would call luxury. Consequently, it claims a 'world's first' with the SV Coupe, a £240,000, four-seat, V8-powered monolith.

The limited edition model (999 examples globally) unveiled at Geneva will be hand-built by JLR's Special Vehicle Operations, and marks the first time that the new division has endeavoured to remake a current Land Rover product in styling terms. Clearly the foundation is the Range Rover, although with the exception of the bonnet and lower tailgate all the Coupe's exterior panels are new, including the front and rear bumpers.


Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's chief designer, said: "The Range Rover SV Coupe is a celebration of the Range Rover bloodline. With a dramatic two-door silhouette, this breathtaking four seat coupe alludes to its unique heritage whilst being thoroughly modern and contemporary. Beautifully realised, superbly engineered, the Range Rover SV Coupe delivers the most distinguished, luxurious and exclusive Range Rover ever built."

It's also the first one you can spec with 23-inch wheels, which rather gets to the meat of what the Coupe is all about. Inside, it has been taken "to a new level of luxury: accommodation comparable to private jets and yachts". What that means is that front seats adjust 20 ways, the back seats 10 ways, they all come clad in specially selected semi-aniline leather (from a single tannery) and feature bespoke foam and a unique graduated diamond quilt design. And they're surrounded by wood veneers, multiple 10- and 12-inch touchscreens, a standard panoramic roof and a 23-speaker Meridian sound system. And that's just for starters.

It also qualifies (very marginally) as the fastest full-size Range Rover ever. The Coupe gets the same 565hp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 as the SVAutobiography model, with the same eight-speed ZF 'box and is 8mm lower than a standard car thanks to a bespoke air suspension tune that's intended to make it 'more driver-focused'. It'll still tow 3.5 tonnes though, and wade through 900mm of standing water - it'll just do 165mph as well.

With the full suite of off-road conquering systems onboard (two-speed transfer box, active locking rear diff, Terrain Response 2 etc) expect the Coupe to be no less able than its five-door siblings either. You even get a five-year Care Package which includes servicing and maintenance. So it's just the small matter of that asking price; which is sufficient to buy his and hers Range Rover Sport SVRs - with enough change leftover for a Caterham Seven 310R. But who's counting, eh...

 

 

 

 

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TrickyTrevM5

Original Poster:

260 posts

116 months

Tuesday 6th March
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I think this looks cool and reminds me of the teaser photo for the original sport all those years ago (it looked nothing like the photo in the end if you recall)

I love my full size vogue, so this is awesome in my book.

I know that lots of very wealthy people will buy it. But 240k is too much.

that's market forces though.

for 240k, i'd buy a 458 and a vogue autobiography instead.




unpc

1,909 posts

143 months

Tuesday 6th March
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~Aye it's a lot of money but they'll no doubt sell every one if they aren't already.

Tuvra

7,513 posts

155 months

Tuesday 6th March
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I don't see the point. It loses the practicality and doesn't look any better for doing so? The price is x3 more than a normal one, I don't get the world any more frown

Podie

44,848 posts

205 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Rear end looks too big in profile and just doesn't sit right for me. A longer door would have resolved it aesthetically.

Andehh

4,727 posts

136 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Gorgeous on the outside, the inside just looks like it was forgotten until the week before launch?

Copy, paste, change the stitching & out the door....


Edit: even in the first press shot with the door open, it looks like they forgot the slab of cheap plastic on the lower seat end, and some odd stretch marks on the leather next to it!? And why not have all the impressive screens turned on? Just looks like lots of dark spaces & missing detail.

I know sometimes ''less is more'' but it all looks very dark & drab on a car for the rich yoof of the Arabian states....Someone in their Marketing/PR needs a good shake...





Edited by Andehh on Tuesday 6th March 11:38

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Krikkit

12,505 posts

111 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Ooof, like that a lot.

In green, with a splash of mud and non-drug dealer wheels that'd be a lovely thing to waft about in.

bobbylondonuk

2,065 posts

120 months

Tuesday 6th March
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£240k*1000 units = £240mn revenue = Kerching!

move on to the next one and repeat.

hyphen

7,359 posts

20 months

Tuesday 6th March
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bobbylondonuk said:
£240k*1000 units = £240mn revenue = Kerching!

move on to the next one and repeat.
yes Also will keep some of these customers who will self-drive, away from the Cullinan.

Plug Life

723 posts

21 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Wayne Rooney's new ride.

Tuvra

7,513 posts

155 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Andehh said:
Something very wrong with the door open warnings there hehe

Coin Slot.

2,626 posts

93 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Love it, crazy money, but good luck to those that can afford one. cool

MerriDave

11 posts

38 months

Tuesday 6th March
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For £100K I'll take your existing Vogue and weld your back doors shut.

cmoose

41,786 posts

159 months

Tuesday 6th March
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bobbylondonuk said:
£240k*1000 units = £240mn revenue = Kerching!

move on to the next one and repeat.
Well, minus VAT, minus dealer margin, etc, but yeah, nice little earner!

KTF

7,800 posts

80 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Podie said:
Rear end looks too big in profile and just doesn't sit right for me. A longer door would have resolved it aesthetically.
Agree. It looks like the back of one car grafted on to the front of another. The proportions don't look right.

akirk

2,249 posts

44 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Tuvra said:
Something very wrong with the door open warnings there hehe
biggrin

I think that sums it up - a complete mash up or bitsa car
why put lots of effort into luxury rear seats where you have to climb past the front seat to get to them
the front end looks awful - it has got bigger and bigger and now looks a bit like a snow cornice sliding off the front of the car
I get why marketing would do it - and I am sure that they will sell it, but couldn't be much further from the origins of a RR I assume they only keep the 4x4 system because it is easy to swallow the cost - no-one is going to be turning up on a shoot or towing the cattle to market in that!

Ares

6,097 posts

50 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Tuvra said:
Andehh said:
Something very wrong with the door open warnings there hehe
It's the not the photo'd Coupe....

Most likely a normal RR used to show screens-on interior.

luckystrike

457 posts

111 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Tuvra said:
Something very wrong with the door open warnings there hehe
That isn't a photo of the SV coupe - the steering wheel is different for one thing.

cmoose

41,786 posts

159 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Ares said:
It's the not the photo'd Coupe....

Most likely a normal RR used to show screens-on interior.
Thinks it's actually a Velar cabin.

oldtimer2

628 posts

63 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Presumably made in response to the arrival of very expensive SUV rivals from Bentley and elsewhere. Obviously there is a market for them. I see that Adrian Hallmark (ex JLR) has now popped up as CEO of Bentley claiming that Bentley produced the first luxury SUV in the form of the Bentayga! He will certainly be able to give the VAG group an insight into JLR's future strategy.

M1C

1,021 posts

41 months

Tuesday 6th March
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The silver bit on the front is too large.

And it costs x3 as much as my house.

"I'm oot"

(should have stuck in at school!)