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Car and Driver: $171,990 SVAutobiography Dynamic Leads 2017 Range Rover Changes

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The team of performance junkies that comprise Jaguar-Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations are putting their signature touch on another Land Rover product for the 2017 model year: The Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic.

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Like the $200,490 Range Rover SVAutobiography long-wheelbase model that debuted last year and the smaller $112,345 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR, the new SVAutobiography Dynamic features a beastly 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 that produces 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission and, as expected from a vehicle wearing the Land Rover badge, is sent to all four wheels.

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At $171,990 the SVAutobiography Dynamic arguably falls somewhere in between the ultra-luxurious Range Rover SVAutobiography long-wheelbase and the sporty Range Rover Sport SVR. As its name implies, the Dynamic improves the Range Rover’s on-road performance courtesy of a 0.3-inch drop in ride height, as well as the additions of Land Rover’s Dynamic Response and Adaptive Dynamics systems. The former system relies on dynamic front and rear antiroll bars that are controlled independently, while the latter employs adaptive dampers. Land Rover claims that the two features work together to improve the big box’s handling without compromising its ride comfort.

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Comfort is ultimately what the SVAutobiography is about, and the usual array of old-school luxury touches we love in the standard SUV are complimented by the addition of 20-way power driver and passenger seats swathed in diamond-quilted leather; black veneer laid across the dash and door panels; and knurled finishes added to the shifter knob, pedals, and start/stop button. Gray exterior finishes are found on the side vents, grille, tailgate, and a handful of other areas of the body; and model-specific 21- or 22-inch wheels help separate the SVAutobiography Dynamic from the average, run-of-the-mill Range Rovers.

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2017 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography Dynamic

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Along with the addition of the SVAutobiography Dynamic trim, the entire 2017 Land Rover Range Rover range benefits from a host of new features. JLR’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system finds its way into the 2017 model year Rover, bringing with it a more user-friendly operator experience and a big, 10.2-inch touchscreen (up from 8.0 inches). Navigation functions can now be displayed in the vehicle’s digital gauge cluster, as well as on the available rear-seat monitors. On top of this, Land Rover claims that the system is able to learn common routes and commutes, and can also work with Land Rover’s Route Planner mobile app to send continued navigation directions to the driver’s mobile device even after he or she has left the vehicle.

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Befitting the Range Rover’s legendary off-road abilities, Land Rover now fits its flagship with a low-traction launch mode that prevents wheel spin on slippery surfaces, as well as a new “all-terrain” information display that shares pertinent off-road information to the driver (such as active assist features and the angle of the front wheels). A speed-limit function that can adjust the vehicle’s speed to match the speed limit of associated road signs is also added to the Range Rover’s list of available tech features, as are an available driver-alertness and a blind-spot assist function that can reign the big Range Rover back into its lane if sensors detect the driver is turning into the path of another vehicle.

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Finally, a newly available Advanced Tow Assist function uses the rearview camera to overlay trajectory lines on the camera’s feed to guide the Range Rover’s hitch to a trailer’s tongue. Even more impressive, driver’s can use the Terrain Response controller to steer the vehicle along Advance Tow Assist’s recommended path.

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While the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover’s changes may be hard to spot, the vehicle’s noteworthy additional technology features makes us think it’s worth waiting for the updated vehicle, which goes on sale later this year with a starting price of $86,645, or $700 more than the 2016 Range Rover’s base price.

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