The new Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic has arrived to stir up a storm in its segment. The current top of the line Velar R-Dynamic which can be had with a 380hp supercharged 3.0-litre V6 will now be pushed to second by the Velar SVAutobiography after Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations graced it with a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine, producing 542hp.
The higher displacement engine and the subsequent bump in power will slot the new Velar SVAutobiography just below the 557-hp Range Rover Dynamic and just above the 518-hp Range Rover Sport Autobiography Dynamic. Irrespective of the power–based slotting, the new SVAutobiography sits below both its elder siblings in terms of weight which is 158kg lighter than both. Hence, when Land Rover says that the new Velar is “the most driver-focused model in the range” we assume that means the sportiest vehicle that Land Rover makes.
On the outside, the Velar SVA gets a new grille and front bumper with larger intakes and reshaped side sills.
In terms of performance, the SVA matches a 0-100 time of the 575-hp Range Rover Sport SVR. However, this could change once the Velar takes over the Sport SVR at turns with a lighter and more stable body. Meanwhile, its top speed of 273kph is nearly 10mph less than the Sport SVR.
The new Velar SVA scores handsomely in terms of tech-laden features. It gets re-tuned software for the steering, eight-speed transmission, dampers, locking rear differential, and AWD system. Additionally, the Velar SVA also enjoys a firmer air suspension and a tougher transfer case for challenging terrains. The 21-inch wheels on the new SVA only weigh as much as the standard Velar’s 20-inchers.
On the outside, the Velar SVA gets a new grille and front bumper with larger intakes and reshaped side sills. While the standard Velar comes in 10 colours. Land Rover will sell the new SVA in just six-colours out of which five are standard and one is an SVO special, Satin Byron Blue.
Among other additions on the inside, the new Velar SVAutobiography also gets aluminium shift paddles behind the sports steering wheel.
On the inside, the cabin consists of unique quilted and perforated Windsor leather with twin stitching in either Ebony, Circus, Vintage Tan or Pimento. Also in the new SVA are aluminium paddles behind a sports steering wheel with a new contour, and knurled dials on the centre console and the digital Touch Pro Duo screen.
While pricing of the new SVA has not been unveiled yet, Land Rover will sell the car only for a year with no restrictions on the number of models.