The original Range Rover, you may recall, was sold as a three-door model. At the front, there were doors for the driver and passenger. And at the back, a rear door to get stuff in and out of the boot.
Back in those days, the Range Rover was much more utilitarian than the luxury Rangies of today are. It was a tool to get jobs done – and it was spectacularly good if the job you needed doing involved getting over harsh terrain in relative comfort.
Now, Land Rover is going back to the Range Rover’s roots with the Range Rover SV Coupe.
Okay, this is certainly not a utilitarian car. Developed and built by Land Rover’s Special Vehicles Operations (SVO) division, it’s as luxury as Land Rover products come. Land Rover calls the interior “supremely refined”.
We’d agree on that, given the picture that Land Rover sent us. There’s ample space for four, with Business Class-style armchair seats in the rear. There’s leather and wood everywhere, and Land Rover promises “up-to-the-minute” technologies.
Unfortunately, Land Rover is keeping the exterior design top secret. It’ll be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in early March. For now, all we have to go in is Land Rover’s description of the SV Coupe.
“SV Coupé is a celebration of the Range Rover bloodline, with a dramatic two-door silhouette which alludes to its unique heritage – Range Rover launched as a two-door in 1970 – while being thoroughly modern and contemporary,” Land Rover’s statement says.
Anyway, it’ll be a limited-edition car to further commemorate the company’s 70th anniversary. Just 999 will be hand-assembled at the SV Technical Centre in Ryton-on-Dunsmore in Warwickshire, UK.
And, presumably, it’ll be very, very expensive. We reckon it’ll set you back around the same amount as the recently updated Range Rover SVAutobiography.
What do you reckon, Internet?