Haute car manufactures continue to redefine the term luxury vehicle, but with the SV Autobiography, Land Rover might have truly outdone themselves.
Recently unveiled at the New York Auto Show and saddled with a jaw-dropping price tag, the $199,495 Land Rover SV Autobiography currently holds the title as the world’s most expensive SUV. And considering all of the features and amenities crammed inside, it’s hard to argue with the six-figure price tag. Under the hood, the SV Autobiography contains a burly 550 horsepower V8 engine, a significant increase from the now timid-looking 510 horsepower engine housed in the previous supercharged model. Beyond raw power, other features include a beverage chiller compartment, powered deployable tables and a deep twist pile mohair carpet.
The “Autobiography” moniker is typically reserved for Land Rover’s highest class of vehicle, and the 2016 version of the SV Autobiography costs $12,000 more than the Autobiography Black model, which it now replaces.
The eye-catching “duo-tone” color scheme consists of “Santorini Black” on the upper half, and a choice between a range of colors for the lower half, though purists cans stick to one color for the entire vehicle.
Unfortunately for Land Rover, their reign as the king of luxury SUVs may be cut short. A number of uber-luxurious SUV’s are on the horizon from manufactures like Lamborghini, Bentley, Maserati and Rolls Royce. Jaguar, a brand that is also made by Jaguar Land Rover, recently announced plans for its first luxury SUV, the F-PACE, due out in 2016. The Bentley SUV is due out later this year, while the models from Lamborghini, Rolls Royce and Maserati are still a couple of years down the pipeline.