The Velar SV Autobiography Dynamic Edition looks more composed than its predecessor thanks to a range of revised trim finishes and improved aerodynamics. The most outstanding changes are the new front bumper – with larger, air-sucking intakes to cool the V8 supercharged petrol engine – to a very pretty exhaust set-up at the rear.
The result gives the vehicle a more purposeful appearance and distinctive silhouette. Inside, a twin-stitched, perforated and quilted Windsor leather unique to this Velar comes in four colour ways. The front seats offer heating and cooling as well as memory and massage functions as standard.
Other special touches in the cabin include a unique sports steering wheel and tactile aluminium gear shift paddles. The metal extends to sports pedals and tread plates illuminated with Range Rover script. In terms of the ride (which is yet to be tested), Land Rover says electronic tuning coupled with upgraded anti-roll bars reduce body roll during hard cornering, while a revised damper set-up delivers more composure and comfort.
At rear, the bespoke exhaust sounds as good as it looks, apparently, utilizing some sort of valve technology to optimize the exhaust note into a V8 rumble. A 82-litre fuel tank is reportedly capable of a range in excess of 483 km. The Velar SV Autobiography Dynamic Edition is available in six colours – including a metallic Satin Byron Blue finish from Special Vehicle Operations’ Premium Palette range – with a contrasting Narvik Black roof included as standard.
Over all, Land Rover says Special Vehicle Operations has produced in the Velar a car with performance personality and go-anywhere capability – which is what you want in a four-wheel-drive vehicle. The new model be available in a limited run – and for this year only – priced from $A175,322 before on-road costs.