The current Range Rover is a fine luxury SUV, offering a comfortable ride on the road and prodigous go-anywhere ability off it.
However, while these days it can only be had in five-door form, the original model, launched in 1970, was intially available with only two doors. Now, Land Rover will celebrate its 70th birthday with the new two-door Range Rover SV Coupé.
Only 999 examples of the SV Coupé will be made worldwide. All will be handbuilt by Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division, which currently makes performance versions of the Range Rover Sport and Jaguar F-Type, among others.
Land Rover has visited this territory before, with the Range Stormer concept of 2004 (pictured above). Acting as a prelude to the first Range Rover Sport, the Stormer was powered by a 370bhp V8 engine.
2018 Range Rover SV Coupé interior
While the exterior design won't be seen until the car's debut at the Geneva motor show in March, a single teaser image of the interior shows its four individual seats. Unlike the regular Range Rover, the SV Coupé's centre console remains raised through the length of the car. Many of its other features, including its dual-screen infotainment set-up, are taken from the standard Range Rover, though.
2018 Range Rover SV Coupé engine
Land Rover won't reveal what engine powers the SV Coupé – and it is only likely to be one engine – until closer to the car's Geneva debut, but we expect it to use the same supercharged 557bhp 5.0-litre petrol V8 that's offered in the range-topping Range Rover Sport SVAutobiography.
2018 Range Rover SV Coupé price
Again, it's too early to say for sure, but the SV Coupé is expected to cost substantially more than the current most expensive Range Rover, the SVAutobiography Dynamic, which already carries a price tag of £141,580. At that price, the new model will be competing with other high-performance luxury SUVs such as the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga.
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