The new 2017 Range Rover is the most powerful ever
The SVAutobiography Dynamic has given the luxury SUV a sportier edge.Neil Churchill August 16, 2016
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has made a lot of noise over the past few years from all three of its brand divisions. From Jaguar’s renaissance to appearing in Bond films, from the Defender’s last hurrah to the new wave Disco Sport.
But when a new Range Rover is unveiled it still draws the most attention. Especially when it’s the most powerful Range Rover ever, which the new 2017 model happens to be.
The SVAutobiography Dynamic comes four years since the fourth generation Range Rover was first introduced and is a timely update for the British carmaker, with competition in the off-road luxury segment hotter now than ever before.
Since 2012, Bentley (Bentayga), Maserati (Levante) and Jaguar (F-PACE) have all made their bows into the SUV arena, while Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and BMW have continued updating their fleets. So how does the new Rangie compare?
As mentioned, the SVAutobiography Dynamic is the most powerful Range Rover ever and it takes that crown with no small help from the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine previously found in Jaguar’s F-Type. The smaller engine option, the 3.0-litre V6, is also from the F-Type line.
The upgrade means the two and a half tonne SUV can reach 100kmh from start in around 5.1 seconds, and go onto a top speed of 225 kmh. It should also have the same fantastic rasping cackle as the Sport SVR, with both coming from the company’s Special Vehicle Operations division.
Visually though, being just an upgrade rather than a spanking new car, you won’t notice much difference on the exterior, although it is the first ever Range Rover to come with red brake calipers.The badging on the side vents, grille, bumper and tailgate are finished in a darker grey than usual, and the quad exhaust pipes have been beefed up. Otherwise the outside is familiar.
There are some changes inside however. The seats come in a diamond-quilted leather with contrast stitching, which looks slightly Bentley-esque, with a black veneer on the door casings and front fascia.
The rotary shift controller, start/stop button and pedals have all taken on a sophisticated knurled finish, which again we’ve seen from the B team – not that that’s a bad thing by any means.
The InControl Touch Pro Infotainment system is more intuitive and sits in a larger 10-inch dual-view touchscreen display. Rear passengers have also been given greater control, with the built-in rear seat entertainment system allowing them to view a journey’s breakdown, browse maps and even send suggested destinations to the driver, which we don't foresee any problems with whatsoever with kids in the back.
Low Traction Launch technology is new and is designed to help you pull away from standstill when on a slippery surface – the system controls the amount of torque and reduces wheelspin. Useful perhaps for off-roading in the GCC’s deserts.
The adaptive cruise control can spot traffic signs and automatically slow you down to keep you within the limit, which should save you some money in speeding fines. There’s also a semi-autonomous driving mode.
The standard SVAutobiography was and is still one of the most luxurious big SUVs on the road. In fact, 80 per cent of its buyers opted for the long-wheelbase spec, whereas the new one only comes in standard.
As a result, and with its new engine, the 2017 Dynamic is sportier. Its knuckles, links, springs and dampers have all been tweaked, while the ride height is 8mm lower. The Dynamic Response system reduces the amount of body lean during cornering and monitors vehicle movements up to 500 times a second.
You could say that what JLR has done is put its Sport SVR and SVAutobiography into a blender, 3D-printed the dust and produced the Dynamic: the most powerful luxury Range Rover ever.