Range Rover has finally brought back the two-door version of its full-sized SUV with the all-new 2018 SV Coupe. It’s also the first vehicle for the brand assembled by the SVO department, instead of just being merely tuned. And, by looking at the details of the SV Coupe, Jaguar Land Rover’s in-house tuning had some fun.
Under the hood, the SV Coupe gets a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 good for 557 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, which will get the full-sized SUV from 0-60 mph in 5.0-seconds flat and carry it to a top speed of 165 mph. Reigning all that power in is Terrain Response 2 technology which includes six different drive modes for varying weather and off-road environments.
And if the performance isn’t enough to grab your attention, multiple option packages can be selected, and you can customize the interior further for an even more unique feel. What that means is you can choose from four front-to-rear contrasting seat upholstery, a selection of wood veneers, including a brand-new option combining walnut and sycamore, not to mention a host of paint finishes such as tri-coat, tinted clearcoat, pearlescent, ChromaFlair and satin matte. You can also opt for set packages, but we’ll save you the time and effort and recommend the ‘Heritage’ theme, which gets you a Modern Luxury Green exterior and Vintage Tan front seats — because nothing beats green over tan. Nothing.
All that beautiful styling and performance comes with a hefty price, however. Not only will just 999 examples roll off the factory floor, but each of those will start with a price tag to the tune of an eye-watering $295,000. Considering the original 1970 two-door Range Rover was built with off-roading as a top priority, featuring vinyl seats, a plastic dash meant to be easily hosed down, leaving power steering, carpeted floors, air conditioning, and fancy wooden trims as additions in later years, it was hardly a luxury product. There’s no doubt the new Range Rover SV Coupe will be an incredible vehicle, for what it is, but it’s a far cry from the rough and ready original two-door that helped build the brand’s reputation.