What is it?
“Customers want an even more exclusive and luxurious Range Rover now,” so says Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern on his latest creation, the long-wheelbase Range Rover. “People who want cars like this like to be driven.”
Yes, there really are people out there for whom the Range Rover’s sky-high levels of refinement, the silky smooth powertrain, the commanding driving position and sheer breadth of dynamic ability are not the main attractions. They like to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride in the sumptuous interior from one of the seats without a steering wheel in front of it.
And those types of Range Rover customers now have their very own model. The long-wheelbase Range Rover grows 200mm in length over the standard model on which it is based to 5199mm, the bulk of this increase going to rear passengers, who can enjoy an extra 186mm of legroom.
That growth comes by extending the bodyshell in front of the rear wheels, but some subtle styling tricks mean that at first glance you don’t see the extra bulk the extra length brings. The Range Rover’s classic proportions remain intact, in other words.
The car will be coming to the UK in March next year offered with the 4.4-litre SDV8 diesel engine (£102,120) and the potent 5.0-litre V8 Supercharged (£105,840) range-topper we’re testing here. Autobiography trim is the sole offering from launch.