With the embargo over, Land Rover has released the official press release and full high-res photos of the Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition. There are a few neat items that I’ll point out in another post but for now, here’s the official word, with higher-res pictures at the bottom:
THE NEW RANGE ROVER AUTOBIOGRAPHY ULTIMATE EDITION
- The most luxurious Range Rover ever debuts at Geneva Motor Show
- First class levels of luxury for both driver and passengers
- Rear cabin now includes Apple iPads* as standard
- Hand crafted finest soft feel leathers and machined aluminium detailing
- Super yacht inspired teak loadspace floor
- Choice of the advanced LR-TDV8 or the effortless LR-V8 Supercharged
- Priced at $170,000
- Only 500 have been commissioned for buyers around the world, and fewer than 50 will be available in the US
Gaydon, Warwickshire, 9th February 2011, the new Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition, a hand-finished exclusive addition, will make its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
The flagship model adds a handcrafted luxury interior, using specially selected soft feel natural leathers, to an interior renowned for being one of the finest in the automotive world.
The driver benefits from the recognisable command driving position offering excellent visibility and comfort, and the rear passengers now experience first-class-style accommodation never before seen in a Range Rover.
Two stand alone electric rear seats enhance space and comfort for the rear passengers, making the Ultimate Edition the definitive chauffeur vehicle. The addition of a rear console extension, including a machined aluminium laptop table and drinks chiller, and two Apple iPads* as standard (the first car to do so), takes the Range Rover rear seat experience to new levels of luxury.
The luxury theme extends to the rear load space, with a super yacht inspired teak floor with metal and leather detailing.
The interior story is completed with high-end semi-aniline leather seating and Oxford leather on the door casings, dashboard top and steering wheel. For the first time, Kalahari wood veneers are used on the facia and door top rolls and unique interior colourways of either dark cherry or Arabica are available
Two new unique exterior colours, either Roussillon Red or Otago Stone, are available along with body coloured door handles, dark atlas radiator grille and side vents to create a sophisticated finish. This Ultimate Edition is fitted with new and unique 20” multi-spoke diamond-turned alloy wheels, and unique tailgate badging. Customers also have the option of an Exterior Design Pack and deployable side steps.
The all-V8 engine line-up includes the superb new 4.4 litre LR-TDV8 Diesel engine with a new eight-speed transmission incorporating Drive Select with Paddle Shift as standard. This LR-TDV8 combines superior power with 313PS, 700Nm torque whilst delivering even lower fuel consumption and 14% less CO2 emissions than its predecessor in line with the stringent EU5 emissions standards. The combined cycle fuel consumption of the new LR-TDV8 4.4-litre is just 30.1mpg, making this the first Range Rover ever to better 30mpg.
The 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox tuned by Land Rover engineers to combine silky smooth shifting with exceptionally rapid response and improved fuel economy, catapults the Range Rover from rest to 60mph in a mere 7.5 seconds and complete the 50mph-75mph dash in just 5.1 seconds.
The LR-V8 5.0 Supercharged engine is also available delivering awesome power and torque, 510PS and 625Nm, propelling the Range Rover from 0-60mph in a breath-taking 5.9 seconds.
Both variants come with Land Rover’s award-winning Terrain ResponseTM system, which optimises the vehicle set-up for virtually all on-road or off-road driving situations, with five different settings to suit different terrains including new Hill Start Assist and Gradient Acceleration Control.
This Ultimate Edition was designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK and exclusivity is assured as each vehicle will be built to customer order only. 500 units will be produced and sold in over 20 markets globally.
Pricing will be announced by individual markets later this year.
Hopefully an owner won’t have to get their new Range Rover TDV8 towed but if they do, be sure the person towing knows what they’re doing. I first found out about this when the 2011 rotary selector was revealed. I started looking up how the Jaguar system worked and found references to the “Emergency Park Release(EPR)” – then further searching showed how this worked on both the Jaguar XJ & XF explaining how to get the vehicle out of Park and into Neutral, until you reset it.
Here are the reasons for the EPR:
•Shift-by-Wire is now incorporated into the automatic transmission
•In the event of vehicle failure a mechanical means of selecting Neutral is now required, the EPR provides this functionality
•Failures that could result in the use of EPR:
•Transmission / Engine failure
•Recovery of vehicle -by towing
•When the EPR hand lever is operated the park pawl within the transmission will be released and will not be allowed to re-engage until the hand lever is released from its latched position.
•WHEN EPR LEVER IS PULLED VEHICLE WILL BE IN NEUTRAL AND WILL BE ABLE TO FREE WHEEL.
On the Jaguars. the EPR is located within the center console, on both the XJ & XF, you need to remove some small trim to get to it, but it’s not very hard to do. Once that trim is removed, it’s just a matter of turning a lever. Here’s how it’s done on an XJ:
And here’s the XF with the trim removed – the red arrow on the left side is pointing to the EPR
So anyway, I was waiting to see how Land Rover was going to handle it with the new setup – would they modify the center cubby or maybe something under the cup holders that could just pop out?
So finally the 2011 Owner’s Manual is released and it has all the instructions for using the new gear selector. First thing I noticed are a few warnings throughout the manual but nothing on the EPR beyond this:
If your transmission is controlled with a rotary drive selector, the recovery agent
MUST activate the Emergency Park Release before towing commences.
Disconnects drive to the wheels. Use the parking brake while N is selected.
Do not use for vehicle recovery purposes.
Do not use rotary gear selector position P for vehicle recovery purposes. If your vehicle
requires recovery by towing, the recovery must be undertaken by qualified personnel. They
must activate the Emergency Park Release before towing commences. This procedure is
explained in a separate publication for service personnel.
So it gets more interesting, it appears you aren’t supposed to do this to your own vehicle. And I guess they assume you’d be towed by Land Rover Roadside, and they should know what to do.
But I didn’t stop there, I went over to TOPIx, the Land Rover tech site and started looking around. I found the document there and the process surprised me, and there they call it: “Emergency Park Position Release Lever”. Now it’s possible there is a different way to do this, but from everything I’m reading you actually have to remove most of the center console trim that surrounds the transmission selector(Floor Console Upper Panel) – here you can see it with that trim removed and the EPR in blue:
So it does appear that you really do need qualified personnel doing this, that know how to remove the side wood trim then the floor console upper panel, possibly even a trim piece from the HVAC controls area & parking brake lever, all in at least 8 screws, before finally getting to the EPR. Info is sparse on this, so it’s possible I’m getting something wrong, so please correct me if you’re in the know and let’s just hope no one needs to be towed!
Updated with new L322 information, 9/21/2012
Emergency Park Release System 4.4L diesel vehicles only:
The Range Rover Drive Selector is now incorporated with the automatic transmission.
- In the event of a vehicle transmission failure a mechanical means of selecting neutral is now available, an Emergency Park Release (EPR) provides this functionality
- In an emergency, the EPR hand lever can be operated to release the park pawl within the transmission. The park pawl will not be allowed to re-engage until the hand lever is locked down in the closed position.
- Actuation of the EPR requires the operator to be seated in the drivers’ seat with the foot brake applied. Turn the locking device 90 degrees anti-clockwise and lift using the pull strap.
Check that the EPR lever locking device is in the correct locked position:
- Remove the cup holders and the EPR lever cover by lifting upwards.
- Make sure the EPR lever locking device is in the locked position as shown.