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Most expensive Range Rover ever, the SVAutobiography, touches down in New York

The Range Rover is known for being high-end, but the British firm has seen fit to create the most decadent version yet of its flagship model - the £149,000 Range Rover SVAutobiography.

The company itself touts the SVAutobiography as “the most luxurious and powerful series production Range Rover” in the 45 years the model has been with us, and it certainly shows, with the model on view at this month’s New York motor show.

Available in both standard- and long-wheelbase forms, the SVAutobiography sees upgrades such as two-tone paintwork, which combines the lack upper body with one of nine colour choices, while bespoke badging at the rear and lettering on the bonnet are joined by a new unique chrome-finished grille.

It is inside, however, where the money has gone, with machined aluminium control surfaces and new trim features on the centre console and armrests. In the rear, the seats now come with powered deployable tables and a chiller compartment; meanwhile, aluminium coat hooks and more luxurious carpeting also feature.

Perhaps in a more extreme manner, the SVAutobiography features two extra seats that slot into place on the car’s tailgate and are both finished in Windsor leather. They have to be seen to be believed, the craftsmanship is on another level.

Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern commented: “With the SVAutobiography, we have taken the opportunity to optimise the Range Rover’s luxury execution and precision while delivering beautiful detailing that considerably enhances the customer’s experience of our flagship vehicle.

"Inside, it's all about luxury; we've used the most expensive materials and finishes, the kind you can only get on a Range Rover. We've also paid far more attention to the rear. You're in first class in the rear, not economy. There is more comfort, softer materials, more appointments. It's an office or dining rooms on wheels.

"We've taken the best and made it better.”

The SVAutobiography is the first luxury Range Rover to be developed by the firm’s Special Operations division, as opposed to a performance vehicle, and is second of three areas the company wants to cover, the third being all-terrain.

The performance element still remains, however, with the Range Rover Sport SVR’s thumping 542bhp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 available as an engine option, while SDV8 and SDV6 Hybrid that already serve the ‘standard’ Range Rover can also be spec’d.

Those who go with top-spec V8 versions of the SVAutobiography will get quad exhaust tips at the rear and will sit on 22in alloy wheels that Range Rover say have a “jewel-like quality”.

With such a distinguished paint job and a fine degree of luxurious qualities, the SVAutobiography will be a joy to behold on the road, with sales starting this summer.

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