Geneva 2018: Classic three-door Range Rover returns as SV Coupe

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Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe harks back to the original model

Back in 1970, the Range Rover was launched and, initially, it was only available with a three-door body. This year, the company has unveiled and will be soon be releasing the modern interpretation of the original Range Rover in limited numbers. They have called it the Range Rover SV Coupe.

While the three-door version is essentially a workhorse, this SV Coupe serves as the top-spec, bespoke model with a price tag double of the standard Range Rover. Only 999 SV Coupes will be built for worldwide distribution, making it one of the most exclusive vehicles produced by Land Rover.

Built by Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicles Operations (SVO) team, a large chunk of the sheetmetal is bespoke to the SV Coupe. According to the company, only the tailgate and the hood were carried over from the five-door Range Rover. All the new panels were hand-crafted by SVO and the result is a sleeker version of the large SUV.

The nose of the SUV is more rakish than before, all while retaining the Range Rover's signature fascia. Its windshield is also less upright while the roof slopes downwards, similar to the Velar. With a more 'coupe-like' roof, the rear windows are slimmer and, consequently, so is the rear windshield. Of course, there's two less doors on the SUV and the driver and passenger side doors have been extended. Like the front, the rear fascia retains the familiar look of the standard Range Rover.

Inside, the dashboard is largely carried over from its more practical sibling. Making the cabin a bit more special is the presence of four individual bucket seats, which are all electronically adjustable. It can specified with unique wood, leather and aluminum trimmings. InControl Touch Pro Duo dual-screen infotainment screen, a head-up display, and a 23-speaker Meridian sound system are standard.

Despite the swankier styling, Land Rover claims the Range Rover is still a very capable vehicle when taken off the beaten path. It uses the Terrain Response 2 system which allows the vehicle to adapt to certain off-roading situations plus a locking rear differential, and a two-speed transfer case should the path get rougher, The air suspension has been tweaked and, like other Land Rover models equipped with it, can be adjusted for more ground clearance. Also, Land Rover claims it has wading depth of 900 mm, meaning it can go to a trail should you dare take it on with low-profile 23-inch alloy wheels.

As for the engine, it's the same supercharged 5.0-liter V8 used in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. That means it makes 565 PS and 700 Nm of torque. With less weight to haul around, Land Rover claims a 0 to 100 km/h time of 5 seconds flat with the speed limiter reeling it in at 266 km/h.

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