Nobody does luxury SUVs like Range Rover. No one. They put picnic basket sets and built in gun cabinets and entire wet bars in the back of their trucks and no one can make fun of them because those same trucks can ford a raging river and then drive straight up the side of a cliff. So even with nothing to prove, Range Rover still thought it was necessary to show up to the 2015 New York International Auto Show with the SVAutobiography, the most powerful, most luxurious, and most ridiculous vehicle they’ve ever built.
The two-tone paint job is a thing that looks awful on some cars, and incredible on others. Range Rover’s Duo Tone is a first, but I hope it’s not a last. It looks awesome and does a great job lengthening this huge truck.
Of course it’s got huge power: over 500 ft-lbs of torque and 550 horsepower from the supercharged V8. I’m sure it can get out of its own way. But I was really interested in one thing the second I saw it: what’s it like to sit inside it?
While many modern big trucks feel weirdly small when you get into the driver’s seat (like the Suburban), the SVAutobiography has serious real estate all around you. It’s open, airy, and spacious. Relax and lean your head back into the most comfortable headrest you’ve ever experienced. Seriously, the headrests are incredible. I was so relaxed that I forgot to take a picture of them.
I did however take a picture of the armrests, which have a rather elaborate knob on the end of them. Someone else who was trying out the backseat (I didn’t even there was a man in the truck with me – did I mention this truck is big?) was just as curious as I was what they did. Would they roll down the windows? Pour champagne? Launch the missiles? No. They adjust the height of the armrests, you big dummy. Time for a nap.
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