More Land Rover news this week, Range Rover have announced the unveiling of a full size luxury SUV Coupe called the SV Coupe at the Geneva Motor show in March. The SV Coupe has also been built to celebrate Land Rovers 70th anniversary just as the Defender Works V8 I talked about last week was. The SV Coupe is designed to pay homage to the original Range Rover.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, said: “The Range Rover SV Coupé is a highly compelling design with peerless refinement and uncompromised sophistication from its breath-taking exterior proportions to its sumptuous, beautifully appointed, interior. This is a vehicle that will resonate on an emotional level.”
The idea of a coupe Range Rover has been thrown around for a long time, the Range Stormer concept car was revealed at the 2004 North American International Auto Show. The Stormer concept eventually became the Range Rover Sport but the concept was an aggressive low-slung three-door coupe. All we have at the moment is an image of the luxurious interior. The Range Rover SV Coupe will be built at Land Rovers special operations centre in Warwickshire the Special operations centre is only for Land Rovers most premium vehicles, the Defender Works V8 will be built there alongside the SV Coupe.
Range Rover are saying the SV Coupe will be a dramatic addition to their portfolio with a, “seductive body design and a supremely refined interior.” Only 999 SV Coupes will be built with an estimated starting price of over £150,000 making it the most expensive Range Rover currently on sale and what Range rover hope to be the most luxurious and premium SUV on the market today.
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Range Rovers are awesome, it’s just a fact. They are as brilliant on road as they are off road, they are the car to buy for the rich and famous. So it would make sense for Range Rover to flood the market with as many versions as they can think of, and they have. Whilst the Evoque isn’t to everyones taste it can certainly handle a lot more than any other small SUV on the market, and its lineage gives its buyers the confidence that it’s all the car they will ever need. Now its time to supersize it and we get the Range Rover Sport a much larger and faster off roader that took the market by storm in 2006, every footballer and their wife had to have one. And finally we get to the big daddy, the Range Rover, second to none in the off road market the Range Rover is the king of luxury and class everyone from Tom Cruise to the Queen has to have one.
So comes the newest addition to the Range Rover collection, the Velar, named after the very first concept for the original Range Rover from 1969 the Velar sits between the Range Rover Sport and the Evoque, acting as a stepping stone between the two, not as large or powerful as the Sport but bigger and more luxurious than the Evoque. Gerry McGovern Land Rover Chief design officer says: “We call the Velar the avant garde Range Rover. It brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand. The Range Rover Velar changes everything.” Whilst he may be overstating it a bit the Velar certainly is a new beginning for the Range Rover brand, which has been lost in a sea of Q7s, Cayennes and X5s for a while now. The Velar sees a change in the game for Range Rover and the larger Land Rover brand itself, they appear to be focusing on building great cars again rather than mimicking other companies ideas. Whilst the Velar may not be the top of the totem pole, its certainly a sign of things to come.
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Renault are set to reveal the new hottest version of the Clio, a special version of the Clio RS. Patrice Ratti, Managing Director of Renault Sport Cars, said: “We successfully completed the project of a slightly crazy car. It was a joint effort by the Renault Sport Cars and Renault Sport Racing teams. This Clio R.S. refines the expertise of Renault Sport engineers whilst exploring new avenues for the future”.
The new RS is expected to have the engine and running gear from the current Renault Megane RS, which could mean upwards of 271 BHP from the 2.0 litre unit . the bodywork for the new Clio is expected to be rather extreme by the looks of the only image Renault released (see above) with an aggressive rear spoiler and a rather svelte front splitter only 500 of them are expected to be made and are looking to go up against the likes of the Fiesta ST (or the long rumoured Fiesta RS).
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