With just over a year left to ending production of the current Range Rover, Land Rover have decided to put on sale the most expensive Range Rover ever – the Autobiography Ultimate Edition.
The Range Rover truly is a benchmark for 4x4s, blending luxury, comfort, and ruggedness like no other. However, the Ultimate Edition focuses more on luxury; now with two individual rear seats (electrically adjustable) replacing the bench seat and a handcrafted interior that makes use of soft-feeling leather.
The interior also has a rear console extension featuring a machined aluminium laptop table, a drinks chiller, and comes with two iPads. The boot space gets the luxury touch as well, with the load space having a yacht-inspired teak floor with metal and leather detailing.
The Ultimate Edition will be available in two colours, Roussillon Red or Otago Stone (Santorini Black will also be available in some markets) while multi-spoke diamond-turned 20 inch wheels will give it a more distinctive look.
Power comes from the same engines found in standard Range Rovers, either a 4.4 litre twin-turbo V8 diesel producing 313 hp and 700 nm (516 lb ft) of torque, or a 5 litre supercharged petrol V8 with 510 hp and 625 nm of torque (460 lb ft).
The diesel engine is connected to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, allowing an acceleration of 7.5 sec from 0-60mph. Land Rover is claiming a fuel economy figure of 30.1mpg on the combined cycle. The petrol engine still features a six-speed automatic transmission, but reaches 60 mph from a standstill in 5.9 sec.
Land Rover haven’t announced prices for some markets, but Autocar is claiming £130,000 for UK buyers. While Range Rovers have never been known to be cheap buys, even that price seems steep for a Range Rover (nearly £50000 more than a normal Rangie). Only 500 Ultimate Editions will be made though, so exclusivity will make the sting a little less painful.