Diesel Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy brisk, very lux­u­ri­ous

Motor (Australia) - - FAST BLAST - – Dy­lan Camp­bell

THE SMELL of ex­pen­sive leather greets you as you climb into the Range Rover Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy SDV8, an airy, light and spa­cious cabin with seem­ingly more screens than your typ­i­cal 21st cen­tury liv­ing room. Tech­nol­ogy, to an al­most ex­ces­sive de­gree, and lux­ury – of which too much is not enough – com­bine to form the main at­trac­tion of this car, its beau­ti­ful in­te­rior. And it’s the in­te­rior that will keep your at­ten­tion as you waft along on the air sus­pen­sion, well in­su­lated from noises, and riff-raff, out­side. That’s be­cause the RR SDV8 can be fun to drive, in a smooth, softly-sprung, 2.5-tonne ex­ag­ger­ated body­roll kind of way. Be­yond that, it prefers a very re­laxed can­ter, thank you. Though it does a good job man­ag­ing its not in­con­sid­er­able mass in the cor­ners, this is plainly a lum­ber­ing lux­ury beast of a thing. As for the turbo-diesel V8, it’s very smooth, of­fer­ing strong, if not fran­tic ac­cel­er­a­tion (0-100km/h 7.0sec) and even sounds good un­der full pelt. So, would we buy one? The stan­dard of lux­ury of­fered by Range Rover is hard to match, but there are faster SUVs with very nice ride qual­ity, and in­te­ri­ors, ask­ing much less. If you must have a Rangie, don’t be half preg­nant, skip the diesel and shell out for the blown petrol V8. SPECS: 4.4-litre V8 TD; 250kW @ 3500rpm; 740Nm @ 1750rpm; 2505kg; $256,000

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