$200K Range Rover and 500-hp Land Rover Discovery at the L.A. Auto Show [Video]

Climb into the most luxurious Range Rover ever.

Range Rover saves the “Autobiography” name for its premium luxury set-up with no option left unchecked. As TFL’s Roman Mica found out from his interview with Simon Turner of Land Rover USA, the SVAutobiography trim is a long wheelbase (LWB), super SUV. While this Range Rover still packs the off-roading tech found in the regular Range Rover, the SVAutobiography adds 7 more horsepower to Land Rover’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8 to top out at 557-hp and hit 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds.

2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography executive class seats
Executive Class rear seats cradle its passengers in pure comfort all day and into the night. In the long-wheelbase body, they offer rear legroom of nearly four feet while deep seat foams with new comfort interlayers add passenger wellbeing. [Photo: TFLcar]

From Roman and Simon’s perch in the rear seats with their 3.9-feet of legroom they walk us through just a few of the perks available to the chauffeured class.

  • The ability to control the front passenger seat’s position via a control in the right rear door and move it forward for better leg room.
  • Massaging quilted leather seats, of course
  • A power-folding calf and foot rest — heated no less — that rises from beneath the seat to go with a reclining rear seat.
  • A work-table that rises from the center console at the push of a button. Each passenger gets his or her own power outlet to boot.
  • A refrigerator accessible between the rear seats that opens via a power sliding door.
  • Push-button door closing. Why? Because the LWB’s rear doors are really long and who wants to stretch into the street to close the door?
  • Ability to change the interior lighting for easier reading, tablet or computer viewing, or to chill out.
  • Individual video screens for each passenger.

All this plus an even more extensive list of options can be yours for $207,900, chauffeur not included. You can get yours starting at the end of January 2018.

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The Ultimate Land Rover Discovery (For Now)

Land Rover Discovery SVX
The Land Rover Discovery SVX Concept. [photo: TFL]

At the other end of the spectrum, Land Rover showed off the Discovery SVX Concept. Instead of the supercharged V6 or turbo-diesel available in the current Disco, this one packs Range Rover’s 500-plus-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8. To go with that grunt the concept comes with beefier 20-inch Goodyear Wranglers off-roading rubber. Another cool feature: front and rear winches discreetly placed. An aftermarket afterthought they ain’t.

While the vehicle here is a concept, Land Rover did announce plans to offer a more off-road capable Disco in 2019, likely with many of the features Andre points out here. That’s for a SUV that is already pretty amazing off-road. Which leads us to wonder: Does that mean the upcoming Defender will be even more capable?

Stay tuned.