Geneva 2011: Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition takes its place as king of the hill

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 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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