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Land Rover’ SVO Division Allegedly Considering A Two-Door Range Rover 9
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Land Rover, Range Rover, Reports, SVO on 12 9th, 2017


How many doors does the range-topping Range Rover have? If you answered four (or five with the tailgate), you’re probably thinking of the current model and most of its progenitors. But that wasn’t always the case, and it might just change in the future.

Speaking with Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern at the LA Auto Show recently, Motoring reports that a two/three-door Range Rover could be in the works.

“There’s probably less market for a two-door [Evoque], and given that we have a cabriolet there’s no need,” said McGovern. “But as we get bigger you can think about going two-door because it becomes more exclusive, which might give you a hint.”

In between the lines, what we can read into that is that JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations division could coach-build an exclusive Range Rover coupe, based on the flagship model – not on the (relatively) lower-end Range Rover Sport, Velar, or Evoque (the two/three-door version of which is being discontinued).

“The good thing with SVO is it is a self-funding business, so there are opportunities within SVO that don’t necessarily have to be mainstream and small volume [vehicles] lend itself beautifully to that,” McGovern told Motoring.

It wouldn’t be the first case, after all. The first-generation Range Rover originally debuted in 1970 as a two-door. The four-door didn’t come out until 1981, with the two-door being phased out in 1994.

As Motor Trend points out, Land Rover showcased a two-door concept called the Range Stormer that’s pictured here in 2004. It styling previewed the original Range Rover Sport that surfaced later the same year, but the concept featured two doors instead of the four of the production model.

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Land Rover’ SVO Division Allegedly Considering A Two-Door Range Rover 9
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Land Rover, Range Rover, Reports, SVO on 12 9th, 2017


How many doors does the range-topping Range Rover have? If you answered four (or five with the tailgate), you’re probably thinking of the current model and most of its progenitors. But that wasn’t always the case, and it might just change in the future.

Speaking with Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern at the LA Auto Show recently, Motoring reports that a two/three-door Range Rover could be in the works.

“There’s probably less market for a two-door [Evoque], and given that we have a cabriolet there’s no need,” said McGovern. “But as we get bigger you can think about going two-door because it becomes more exclusive, which might give you a hint.”

In between the lines, what we can read into that is that JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations division could coach-build an exclusive Range Rover coupe, based on the flagship model – not on the (relatively) lower-end Range Rover Sport, Velar, or Evoque (the two/three-door version of which is being discontinued).

“The good thing with SVO is it is a self-funding business, so there are opportunities within SVO that don’t necessarily have to be mainstream and small volume [vehicles] lend itself beautifully to that,” McGovern told Motoring.

It wouldn’t be the first case, after all. The first-generation Range Rover originally debuted in 1970 as a two-door. The four-door didn’t come out until 1981, with the two-door being phased out in 1994.

As Motor Trend points out, Land Rover showcased a two-door concept called the Range Stormer that’s pictured here in 2004. It styling previewed the original Range Rover Sport that surfaced later the same year, but the concept featured two doors instead of the four of the production model.

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Land Rover’ SVO Division Allegedly Considering A Two-Door Range Rover 9
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Land Rover, Range Rover, Reports, SVO on 12 9th, 2017


How many doors does the range-topping Range Rover have? If you answered four (or five with the tailgate), you’re probably thinking of the current model and most of its progenitors. But that wasn’t always the case, and it might just change in the future.

Speaking with Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern at the LA Auto Show recently, Motoring reports that a two/three-door Range Rover could be in the works.

“There’s probably less market for a two-door [Evoque], and given that we have a cabriolet there’s no need,” said McGovern. “But as we get bigger you can think about going two-door because it becomes more exclusive, which might give you a hint.”

In between the lines, what we can read into that is that JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations division could coach-build an exclusive Range Rover coupe, based on the flagship model – not on the (relatively) lower-end Range Rover Sport, Velar, or Evoque (the two/three-door version of which is being discontinued).

“The good thing with SVO is it is a self-funding business, so there are opportunities within SVO that don’t necessarily have to be mainstream and small volume [vehicles] lend itself beautifully to that,” McGovern told Motoring.

It wouldn’t be the first case, after all. The first-generation Range Rover originally debuted in 1970 as a two-door. The four-door didn’t come out until 1981, with the two-door being phased out in 1994.

As Motor Trend points out, Land Rover showcased a two-door concept called the Range Stormer that’s pictured here in 2004. It styling previewed the original Range Rover Sport that surfaced later the same year, but the concept featured two doors instead of the four of the production model.

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Look For Jaguar SVX, SVAutobiography Models To Come 3
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Land Rover, Reports, SVO on 12 3rd, 2017


Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division has been busy lately coming out with more powerful, more hard-core, and more opulent versions of both brands’ products. But there’s more to come.

Speaking with Jaguar’s design boss and SVO’s chief, Motor Trend reports on the prospect of the Leaping Cat marque getting either or both of the SVX and SVAutobiography trims in the near future.

“I don’t see any reason why not,” lead designer Ian Callum told MT on the possibility, accompanied by what the publication described as a “sly grin” suggesting that such models may already be in development.

SVO boss John Edwards similarly described the process within his division of fielding “constant” proposals from his team of 400 engineers and designers.

To date, Jaguar has adopted the performance-focused SVR treatment on the F-Type and SV Project approach on that same model as well as the XE sports sedan.

The SVX and SVAutobiography trims have, meanwhile, thus far only been applied to Land Rover models like the Discovery and Range Rover, respectively. But they could extend to Jaguars like the F-Pace crossover and XJ sedan.

An F-Pace SVX would ostensibly serve as a more hard-core off-road version of Jaguar’s first crossover, jacked up to tackle more serious terrain. And an XJ SVAutobiography would take the flagship sedan (whether in its current or future iteration) to even more luxurious heights to rival the likes of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class –much as a proper XJ SVR would pit the existing XJR 575 against the Mercedes-AMG S63.

Whichever models do get the ne-plus-ultra treatments, what’s clear at this point is that the SVO division is full of ideas, and will put the best of them into production.

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The Jaguar F-Pace SVR Is Coming, And It’ll Probably Look Like This 30
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Jaguar, Jaguar F-Pace, Renderings, SVO on 11 30th, 2017


With all the spy shots we’ve seen already, it’s an open secret that Jaguar is working on an F-Pace SVR. And this is probably pretty close to what it will look like.

Rendered by Russian designer Nikita Aksyonov, these images give us a taste of the forthcoming performance version of Jaguar’s debut crossover, amped up with all manner of go-fast upgrades.

Just look at that deep air dam, the vents in the hood, those oversized lightweight alloys, that big diffuser with the quartet of tailpipes popping out.

Of course, the F-Pace SVR will be more about what’s under the hood – and what it’ll be capable of doing – than how it looks. And we’re expecting big things: namely, Jaguar’s celebrated 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine, likely in the latest 575-horsepower state of tune as we’ve seen in the F-Type SVR and XJR575.

That’d give it some serious performance credentials to take on the likes of the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – both of which offer over 500 horsepower – to say nothing of the Audi SQ5 and BMW X3 M40i.

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SVX V8 Is The Ultimate Land Rover Discovery For Off-Roading And It’s Coming In 2018 29
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, LA Auto Show, Land Rover, Land Rover Concept, Land Rover Discovery, SVO on 11 29th, 2017


Land Rover has introduced the Discovery SVX concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Designed to preview a production model that will be launched next year, the Discovery SVX was created by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations to be the ultimate off-roader.

 As a result, the model has been equipped with skid plates, recovery hooks, and an integrated rear winch. The model also features an LED light bar, modified bumpers, and 20-inch alloy wheels with Goodyear all-terrain tires.

Thankfully the changes are more than cosmetic as engineers installed an upgraded four-wheel drive system with locking center and rear differentials. The SVO team also added a bespoke air suspension, long-travel dampers, and revised knuckles. The company says these changes help to improve the Discovery’s approach, departure, and breakover angles.

Rounding out the off-road features are an optimized Terrain Response 2 system and a Hydraulic Active Roll Control system which helps to improve wheel articulation, body control, and off-road traction.

While the exterior changes are pretty dramatic, the cabin only sees minor revisions. These include a pistol-grip shifter and two-tone seats with Rush Orange accents and perforated “X” logos.

Last but not least, the Discovery SVX features a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 525 PS (386 kW) and 625 Nm (461 lb-ft) of torque.

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Range Rover SVAutobiography Will Cost You Over $200k 29
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in LA Auto Show, Land Rover, prices, Range Rover, SVO on 11 29th, 2017


With the likes of Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and Lamborghini getting into the SUV game, there seems to be no ceiling in sight for high-end luxury off-roaders. This is Land Rover’s response.

We brought you initial details of the latest Range Rover SVAutobiography just yesterday. But now, with the doors opening at the LA Auto Show, Land Rover has also released US pricing and availability.

Set to reach American showrooms early in the new year, the new top-of-the-line Range Rover starts at $207,900 – representing a modest increase of $8,405 over the existing version, and taking the base price past the double-century mark for the first time.

It also eclipses the short-wheelbase SVAutobiography Dynamic by over $30k, and the long-wheelbase Autobiography model by nearly $60k, in case you were wondering. The new car is based on a model that starts at $87,350, which makes the relationship between the SVAutobiography and the base Range Rover similar to that between the Mercedes-Maybach S650 ($198,700) and the base S-Class sedan ($89,900).

The new SVAutobiography is based on the long-wheelbase model, featuring an upgraded 5.0-liter supercharged V8 now rated at 557 hp, sent through an eight-speed automatic to all four wheels for a 0-60 time quoted at 5.2 seconds.

That’s mighty impressive for a vehicle that’s as heavy as this one. Yet, the SVAutobiography is less about performance and more about interior comfort – specifically, the comfort of the rear-seat passengers. The new thrones in the back offer nearly four feet of leg room, a 40-degree recline, hot stone massage, heated leg-rests, and adjustment in 22 different ways.

The doors close automatically, there’s a mini-fridge in the center console, a pair of 10-inch infotainment screens, and a Zenith clock facing the rear seats. As if all of that wasn’t enough, buyers can also specify Poltrona Fray leather, a power-deployable veneered cargo floor, and a range of interior and exterior colorways. Looks to us like it’s Benz’s move next to come out with that Maybach GLS it’s been talking about for ages.

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Opulent Range Rover SVAutobiography Unveiled Before LA Auto Show 28
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in LA Auto Show, Land Rover, new cars, Range Rover, SVO on 11 28th, 2017


Land Rover has taken the wraps off the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography ahead of the LA Auto Show.

Based around the facelifted Range Rover, the new SVAutobiography is a product of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) department that aims “to create a sanctuary for relaxation that doubles as a mobile technology hub.”

Step inside the overhauled interior and you’ll find two large, ‘Executive Class’ rear seats that offer over 1.2 meters of legroom and can be reclined by 40 per cent. Additionally, they include a hot stone massage function as well as heated calf and foot rests. Rear seat passengers will also be able to enjoy a large fixed center console that incorporates a number of different controls for the vehicle.

If passengers want to relax or work, the Range Rover SVAutobiography provides two rear tables and integrated 10-inch touchscreen entertainment screens. There’s also 4G WiFi, a small refrigerator that can house two wine bottles or four 600 ml bottles, and a Power Deployable Veneered Loadspace Floor that allows for easy loading and unloading.

Customers of the Range Rover SVAutobiography have the option of a supercharged 5.0-liter V8, 4.4-liter V8 or a plug-in hybrid that uses a 2.0-liter turbo four and an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. It delivers a total of 398 hp, more than enough to shift the huge SUV at a respectable pace.

Speaking about the vehicle, Land Rover chief design officer Gerry McGovern said, “The Range Rover SVAutobiography is the epitome of luxury, comfort and refinement. Our standard-bearer for quality and precision exemplifies the attention to detail and sophistication that has been a hallmark of our most luxurious SUV stretching back almost 50 years.”

UK prices start at £167,850 ($223,824) and top out at £177,030 ($236,065).

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Jaguar Chasing ‘Ring Lap Record With The XE SV Project 8 24
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Jaguar, Jaguar XE, Nurburgring, Reports, SVO on 10 24th, 2017


Jaguar is rather unsurprisingly gunning for the four-door lap record in Nurburgring with the XE SV Project 8.
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Jaguar Chasing ‘Ring Lap Record With The XE SV Project 8 24
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Jaguar, Jaguar XE, Nurburgring, Reports, SVO on 10 24th, 2017


Jaguar is rather unsurprisingly gunning for the four-door lap record in Nurburgring with the XE SV Project 8.
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Jaguar Land Rover Wants More SVX Variants 17
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Land Rover, Reports, SVO on 10 17th, 2017


Jaguar Land Rover intends on launching a selection of new SVX-badged models following the debut of the Defender SVX last month.
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Jaguar’s Out-Of-This-World XE SV Project Priced From Over $188,000 28
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Jaguar, Jaguar XE, new cars, prices, Reports, SVO on 09 28th, 2017


Global production of the insane Jaguar XE SV Project 8 will be restricted to just 300 units globally. Consequently, it’s not surprising the British marque has affixed a rather ridiculous price tag to the sports sedan.
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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Coming To Monterey Car Week 11
Aug
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Jaguar, Jaguar XE, Pebble Beach, Reports, SVO on 08 11th, 2017


Jaguar's 600 PS XE SV Project 8 is finally heading to North America after making its public debut at Goodwood.
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Take A Tour Around Jaguar’s Insane XE SV Project 8 With Harry Metcalfe 7
Jul
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Jaguar, Jaguar Videos, Jaguar XE, SVO, video on 07 7th, 2017


The most powerful road-legal Jaguar in the history of the brand, the new XE SV Project 8, is not your usual overpowered four-door saloon.
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Customize Your Range Rover With The New SVO Design Pack 15
Jun
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Land Rover, new cars, prices, Range Rover, SVO on 06 15th, 2017


Land Rover is giving its customers the ability to personalize their Range Rovers by introducing an exterior Design Pack.
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