Range Rover elevates the luxury SUV game to the next level with it’s latest design of the Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition, with a starting price-tag of $170,000 and a limited supply of 500 units to be produced.
Car and Driver Blog explains more: Since introducing its high-end Autobiography Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models, Land Rover hasn’t been shy about expanding the lineup. Joining theRange Rover Sport Autobiography, as well as the Range Rover Autobiography and Range Rover Autobiography Black edition, the company has now revealed the range-topper to top all others. The new Autobiography Ultimate Edition is set to debut at the upcoming Geneva auto show. Ultimate is certainly an apt descriptor for this special edition Range Rover; with pricing starting at $170,000 (it’s unclear if an irrelevant destination charge is rolled in), the Ultimate is about $47,000 more than the Range Rover Autobiography Black Edition, $53,000 more than the “entry-level” Autobiography, and a staggering $90,000 Ultimate-er than the economy-special base Range Rover. So what does this five-digit price difference get for its owners?
For starters, owners will immerse themselves in a hand-finished interior that improves on that already-swanky interior in lesser Range Rovers. The interior is slathered with sumptuous leather, machined aluminum, and available Kalahari wood trim. The Ultimate further sets itself apart from the rest of the Range Rover lineup with its rear compartment, which features individual power-adjustable rear captain’s chairs, and a pair of front seat–mounted Apple iPads. Between the two thrones is a full-length console that contains HVAC controls and a drink chiller, and which also houses aluminum tray tables for keyboards or caviar. The pampering treatment extends even to passengers’ luggage, which will sit upon a “super yacht–inspired” floor of fine teak in the cargo area.
Although the Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate is well suited for the chauffeured set, their luggage might not appreciate that polished teak flooring when Jeeves stomps on the go-pedal; after all, the Ultimate comes standard with the same 510-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 as the Range Rover Supercharged. Although Land Rover claims the Autobiography Ultimate can sprint to 60 in 5.9 seconds, our last test of the Range Rover with that powerplant achieved the run in a mere 5.1. In the unlikely event that an Ultimate owner finds his or herself off road, they will be aided by the same Terrain Response system and other mountain-conquering gizmos found throughout Land Rover’s lineup—though the Ultimate’s unique 20-inch diamond-turned alloy wheels make such excursions seem uncouth. Besides the wheels, the exterior of the Ultimate is differentiated from lesser Range Rovers by two optional and exclusive paint colors called Roussillon Red and Otago Stone. Also available: dark-chrome trim for the grille and side vents, and power running boards.
If you’re thinking that a pair of iPads, some milled aluminum, and a few extra cows’ worth of leather somehow doesn’t justify the monumental price premium over other Range Rovers—even some that are decadently equipped—you’re not alone. Land Rover is planning only a run of 500 units worldwide, and fewer than fifty of those are slated for American (conspicuous) consumption. So if you’re one of the lucky, wealthy few, you’ll just have to settle for one of the other Autobiography special editions—even if they’re not ultimate.