• Mar 3rd 2011 at 2:41PM
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Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

Back in the days before every luxury automaker and its sister (company) got into SUVs, there was one name in the premium off-roading game: Range Rover. And keen to prove it's still at the top, Land Rover unveiled the Ultimate incarnation of its premier line at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

Called, appropriately enough, the Ultimate Edition, this top-of-the-line Range Rover is based on the already luxed-up Autobiography trim. Sure to be the new must-have item among oligarchs and oil barons, the Ultimate Edition is kitted out like a Rolls-Royce Phantom but with the added distinction of being able to take its pampered occupants anywhere a mountain goat can go.

There are individual rear bucket seats and tray tables like the first-class cabin on an airliner, a drink cooler, a teak-deck cargo area and – in what's billed as an industry first – a pair of Apple iPad tablets mounted to the front seat-backs (for the use by rear passengers). Journalists and VIPs alike were clamoring for a chance to sit in the ultra-luxurious sport-ute, but we managed to capture the salient points for your viewing enjoyment with the gallery of high-resolution images below, and can tell you first-hand that it's every bit as posh as Land Rover says it is. High-res galleries of all the sybaritic luxury below, official press release after the jump.




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THE NEW RANGE ROVER AUTOBIOGRAPHY ULTIMATE EDITION
• The most luxurious Range Rover ever debuts at the Geneva Motor Show
• First class luxury for both driver and passengers
• Rear cabin includes Apple iPad®* devices as standard
• Hand-crafted leather interior with machined aluminum detailing
• Super-yacht inspired teak luggage area floor
• 510 HP Supercharged LR-V8
• Priced at $170,000
• Only 500 have been commissioned for buyers around the world, and fewer than 50 will be available in the US

MAHWAH, N.J., February 9, 2011- The new Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition, a hand-finished exclusive edition, will make its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

This flagship model features a hand-crafted luxury interior, using specially selected soft feel natural leather, to further elevate one of the finest interiors in the automotive world.

Passengers will experience ultra-luxury accommodations within the envelope of the eminently capable Range Rover. Two stand-alone powered rear seats provide exceptional space and comfort for the rear passengers. The addition of a rear console extension; which includes a machined aluminum laptop table, drinks chiller, and two Apple iPad®* devices as a standard part of the rear seat entertainment system; takes the Range Rover experience to new heights of luxury.

The luxury theme extends to the rear luggage space, with a super-yacht inspired teak floor with metal and leather detailing.

The interior story is completed with high-end semi-aniline leather seating and Oxford leather on the door casings, dashboard top and steering wheel. For the first time, Kalahari™ wood veneers are used on the dashboard and door trim. Unique interior trim in either dark cherry or Arabica is available.

Two new exclusive exterior colors, either Roussillon Red or Otago Stone, are available along with body colored door handles, dark atlas radiator grille and side vents to create a sophisticated finish. This Ultimate Edition is fitted with new 20" multi-spoke diamond-turned alloy wheels. Customers also have the option of an Exterior Design Package and deployable side steps.

A 5.0-liter Supercharged V8 engine is standard, delivering 510 hp and 461 lb/ft of torque, which can propel the Range Rover from 0-60 mph in a breath-taking 5.9 seconds.

Like all Range Rover vehicles, this vehicle will be equipped with the lauded Terrain Response® system, which optimizes the vehicle set-up for virtually all on-road or off-road driving situations, with five different settings to suit different terrains including new Hill Start Assist and Gradient Acceleration Control.

The Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition was designed and engineered in Britain, and will be hand-crafted in the UK. As each vehicle will be crafted to customer order only, exclusivity is assured. Only 500 have been commissioned for buyers around the world, and fewer than 50 will be available in the US.

The Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition will be priced at $170,000.


*iPad is a trademark of Apple, Inc. registered in the US and other countries.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      But those wheels are heinous.... Why?!?!?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will it have an iPad 2 by the time it comes out? Shows you how much faster the tech industry is than the auto one, by the time a car company can offer up this in a car as an option - the replacement is already been introduced.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm going to buy one so I have the capability of going off road, but I won't ever do so. And I also have to have it to impress other people, not only by the fact that I have it, but also because I can afford to pay the repair bills.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In my experience, LR is very good about warranty work.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @willie - I take it you've not owned a recent Land Rover. Like every modern car, the variation in reliability amongst brands is pretty much irrelevant. Not to say they're not complex and the parts aren' expensive, but the idea that they're unreliable is rather outdated. My '06 RR with 84k miles has been flawless, which is better than my BMW with less mileage (which has also been generally very reliable).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still think that's one of the best designed interiors Ive ever seen. My opinion, of course, but mmm, mmm, mmm... tasty! I agree with a user above... those wheels are lame.
      • 4 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ultimate edition? Where's chef Tyler Florence?
      Dylan
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, kinda funny looks like the Royal Family should have one in this color, as all The Rolls Royce's in their fleet are this color. RR's have really put out a great Product since the 2003's rolled out. I currently have 2 RR's The 2008 Supercharged is Flawless....Looking forward to 2012's. And some reason I'm diggin the Wheels...Love it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It will be king of the hill in North America and in my books only when it is offered with a TURBO DIESEL here - like it is in other markets.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can blame American knee-jerk politicians for that one, as, because of those idiots, we have the strictest diesel emissions restrictions in the world... they think of diesel, they think of black smoke, and have legislated it to death... nevermind that carbon particulate is just that, carbon. An element. It just "looks bad" coming out of a tailpipe... hell, modern diesels don't even have that hugely visable horrid smoke anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      well, at least a handful of Saudi princes will be happy....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm seeing a distinct lack of LR's recent grossly-exaggerated ornamental jewelry...

      ...does this mean the Range Rooney is a thing of the past?
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