12 Feb Range Rover is Bringing Us A New Velar for 2020, and It’s Got a V8
New year, new Ranger Rover Velar.
For 2020, Range Rover’s offroad king is getting a (mostly internal) makeover, dubbed the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition. They’re adding a turbocharged, 5.0-liter V8 engine that promises to pump out a non-insignificant 550 HP and 502 pound-feet of torque. According to Range Rover, that’s enough to propel 2020’s Velar from 0 to 60 in a non-unimpressive 4.3 seconds – 1.4 seconds faster than the base model Velar. It’ll even reach an incredible 170 miles an hour.
That’s not all Range Rover has in store for the new year, however. The new air suspension has constantly variable dampers with SV-tuned anti-roll bars to reduce body roll and make for sharper handling, and there’s an electronic active differential. The brakes have been upgraded, with two-piece rear rotors and four-piston calipers in the front, ensuring it stops on a dime – even on rough, off-road terrain. Helping handle and channel that speed is an eight-speed Quickshift transmission.
Oh, and the wheels have grown an inch, from 20” on the original Velar to 21” on the new one – without adding any additional weight or drag. If that’s still not your style, you could opt for the even-larger 22” size, too.
And don’t worry, the inside of the car has gotten some fun improvements, too; all the leather has been replaced with double-stitched, perforated and quilted Windsor leather, and you can choose from one of 4 color schemes; Ebony, Cirrus, Vintage Tan and Pimento, all of which are equally classy. There’s also an impressive carbon fiber package. The seats are 20-way adjustable (but who’s counting) and heated. Heck, they’re even cooled – because why not? The steering wheel has aluminum gear shift paddles.
Honestly, we could keep going, but we’ll leave you with this: the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Edition is the spiffy new SUV we wish we could afford. It’ll have a 6-figure price tag when it lands this year – more than twice that of the first Velar – so you better start saving.