Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Luxury Comes with Pace and Price

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Luxury Comes with Pace and Price

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Byline: Iain Curry

COMFORTABLE, luxurious, capable and oozing presence, the Range Rover and BMW 7 Series have plenty in common.

It just depends how you prefer your four-wheeled palace. High riding 4WD SUV or limousine-esque large sedan? Should you have $200,000-odd burning a hole, both Rangie and BMW have some new offerings set to land in coming months featuring performance and technology on a staggering scale.

Starting with the Range Rover, the 2017 model year SUVs go on sale in the first quarter of 2017 priced from $183,300 before on-roads. But the headline is a new SVAutobiography Dynamic model for a chunky $316,000 plus on-roads. This 405kW V8 supercharged variant features the same engine as found in the hot Range Rover Sport SVR, and comes with specially configured suspension said to optimise agility without compromising the model's renowned refinement and comfort. In other words, this near-2.5-tonner should defy physics and handle the corners with aplomb.

Its blown 5.0-litre V8 delivers 680Nm of torque, helping the standard wheelbase only (no LWB) SVAutobiography Dynamic to 100kmh in 5.4 seconds. But owners clearly need some pampering to match the performance. The model adds diamond quilted leather seats with contrast stitching, perforated leather headliner, anodized red paddle shifters.

The exterior isn't overdone thankfully but does feature unique side vents, bonnet finisher, grille, bumper accents and a choice of 21 or 22-inch wheels with red Brembo brake calipers.

Underneath, suspension revisions lower the car 8mm over standard while Dynamic Response and Adaptive Dynamics features are designed to improve body roll and agility.

This flagship model joins other MY2017 Rangies in featuring new technologies such as Advanced Towing Assist. This uses a surround camera system to automatically steer the vehicle and guide a trailer into position (a job no-one really enjoys). …

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