Land Rover is offering a new flagship Velar variant to Australian customers, dubbed the SVAutobriography Dynamic Edition, with deliveries expected to start in the third quarter of this year.
The most powerful Velar to date is priced at $175,322 plus on-road costs, and packs a mighty punch thanks to a Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) 5.0-litre supercharged V8 tuned to the sound of 405kW and 680Nm.
Supporting the extra grunt is improved powertrain components, brakes, suspension and aerodynamics, helping it to sprint from zero to 100km/h in just 4.5 seconds for a top speed of 274km/h.
According to Land Rover SVO managing director Michael van der Sande, it was important to make the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition faster without compromising on composure and refinement.
The interior features perforated and quilted Windsor leather available in four colourways.
“We've done this and, in the process, created an SUV that strikes a brilliant balance between go-anywhere practicality, dynamic performance and relaxing comfort – it truly is an SUV for any occasion,” he said.
On the outside, the new range-topper has a unique front end with a redesigned grille and bigger air openings, and 21-inch hoops come as standard.
Brakes have been upped in diameter to 395mm at the front and 396mm at the rear, which are distinguished with red-painted four-pot callipers.
SVO said that many man hours were put in to the ride and handling characteristics, with the performance vehicle division recalibrating the AWD system, active rear locking differential, eight-speed transmission, suspension and steering.
An active exhaust valve is featured to modulate volume from the blown V8, and the interior features perforated and quilted Windsor leather available in four colourways.
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