Land Rover unveiled its all-new 2012 Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition last month at the Geneva Motor Show, but the super luxurious SUV made its North American debut this week at New York Auto Show. Limited in production to just 500 units globally, fewer than 50 of the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition models will be coming to the United States with an equally exclusive price tag of $170,000.
For optimal luxury, the biggest change made for the Autobiography Ultimate Edition was equipping this model with rear captain's chairs instead of a full bench seat found in current Range Rovers. In addition to the added room allowed by the new seating arrangements, the four-passenger cabin is split by a full-length center console which hides other luxury features. Under the wood trimmed compartment sits a bottle chiller for champagne or sparking wine bottles as well as two individual compartments to store the champagne flutes. Full glasses can be held by fold-out glass holders shaped from aluminum. Finally, there is a laptop tray that is stored under the rear center armrest, and it easily folds out for use by either occupant. As would be expected with such opulent accommodations, the rear seating area has its own climate controls, and the seats are each power adjustable with heating and cooling functions.
Rear entertainment systems are almost as important in luxury vehicles these days, and the Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition doesn't disappoint with a pair of Apple iPad mounted to the back of each front seat and can fold down when not in use. The entire interior is lined with rich materials such as the hand-crafted, semi-aniline leather seats, exclusive Kalahari wood veneer and machined aluminum accents, but the cargo area is where this model really stands out. The cargo floor area is lined with teak wood, inspired by a super-yacht, with rubbery inserts to prevent cargo from sliding around. This teak wood is also found on the inside of the tailgate.
To keep this new Range Rover model more low key, the exterior has received fewer enhancements than the cabin, but it should still be enough for sharp-eyed Land Rover fans to pick one of these limited models out in a crowd. Two exclusive colors will be offered on the Autobiography Ultimate Edition, Roussillon Red (pictured here) and Otago Stone, and new 20-inch, multi-spoke wheels act as more elegant jewelry. Final touches to the exclusive appearance include a distinctive front grille and side fender vents.
Although this model is definitely built for passenger luxury, the driver still gets to have some fun with the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 producing 510 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque. Land Rover says this is good enough to power its massive SUV from a dead stop to 60 miles per hour in just 5.9 seconds. As is the case with any Range Rover, the Autobiography Ultimate Edition comes with incredible off-road abilities and Land Rover's Terrain Response system, but it isn't very likely that many of these will be put in a condition to use either one.
Photos by Jeffrey N. Ross