Autobiography Ultimate

Range Rover Autobiography turns 21

Celebrating the best and most personal Range Rover, here are some Autobiography highlights.  Official PR at end of article.

First in tribute to Mr. Clarkson, we’ll start with a video:



And some links to some great Autobiography brochures:




· Autobiography enters its third decade at the pinnacle of premium SUV luxury

· For 21 years Range Rover customers have specified design and luxury features to reflect their personal tastes and preferences

· Range Rover Autobiography Black, the latest iteration of the finest quality vehicle appointments and finishes

· Land Rover’s commitment to delivering a personalisation service continues with Range Rover Autobiography Black overseen by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations department

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2013 Range Rover, the little things, part two, rear seats with console #rangerover

As we first read in the initial press release, the back seat was getting some new attention:

With over 4.7 inches more legroom than the outgoing model, the rear occupants benefit from vastly increased space and comfort. The option of a two place rear seating package provides for the ultimate in personalized rear-seat luxury.

Similar to what they did with the Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate and Jaguar did with their XJ Ultimate, they swap out the center rear seat for a console upgrade.

In the pictures shown by Top Gear, we can see this new console for ourselves:

And for reference, here is what it looked like in the previous generation Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate:


Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate – Updated photos #rangerover

Land Rover just released a great new batch of photos of the forthcoming Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate.  For me it’s the close up of the front window controls & the front door card shot itself that really show the small details they’re focusing on with this limited edition.  And again I have to say – these are the kind of things that Land Rover should have had in the vehicle for a while- less plastic BMW trim, more wood & metallic trims.  We also get a good shot of the wheel with the new branding on the middle cap, just like the Evoque – “Range Rover”


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Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition – Full PR #rangerover #autobiography

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 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.

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Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition #rangerover

All I can say is wow – this popped up on and was a complete surprise.  A new limited Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition will be shown at the Geneva Auto show next month.  With just 500 examples worldwide, and costing around £130,000, this will be the Ultimate Range Rover.

For me it’s always about the interiors and seeing what we see here, it makes me even more excited about what they’re going to do on the all new Range Rover we’ll see in 2013.  This is the kind of bespoke look we need.  And those wood door toppers are a direct throw back to the 1981 Range Rover Vogue – Why didn’t we have that all along??  AWESOME – NEED MORE PICTURES!  And those are iPads in the rear headrests.  And it looks like it has the electronically retractable running boards too.



And for a quick throwback – here’s a spec sheet on the 1981 Range Rover with it’s wood door capping and Picnic Coolbox, just like the Ultimate!



So there it is – Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate