Sometimes a car isn't just a car; it's a personal statement. The Autobiography is one of those cars. To celebrate the finale of the Royal Berkshire Shooting School's Stratstone Ultimate One Challenge, we're taking a closer look at the luxurious Range Rover which has the potential to be claimed and coveted on January 29th.
The competition has been running for over three months, attracting famous names from all over the shooting world. Hundreds of entrants have been refined down to the top 20 scorers who take their deserved place in the final. The prizes include a highly sought-after Rolex Submariner from David Duggan Watches, and a superb collection of Champagne Bollinger.
The highest commendation of all is a brand new Range Rover LWB Autobiography. Not simply a prize for the winner but more a testament to their skills, the Autobiography can only be won with a perfect score on the final day. Here, we take a tour of the Range Rover to analyse what exactly is behind the Autobiography that makes it so aptly named.
A Home from Home
The interior quality of the Autobiography is something to behold. The rear quarters benefit from the very best perforated Semi- Aniline leather furnishings, contrast-stitched and tanned organically with bark extract from Black Wattle trees. Seats are fully climate controlled, with 22-way adjustable parameters and seat memory for your convenience.
The long wheelbase version, featured here, affords an unparalleled sense of space with 186mm of extended legroom in the rear seats. Expansive rear windows give an excellent viewing experience, as well as flooding the compartment with natural light. All the woods and veneers utilised are from fully sustainable sources which add a light and natural, organic depth to the open interior.
The centre rear console features such amenities as a chiller, for wine or a special bottle of champagne, with effortless tables that are fully power-deployable. Media is also not left wanting, with a variety of solutions for the rear compartment, including two vast multimedia 10.2 inch screens embedded in to the back of the front seating. An 825w Meridian Surround Sound system completes the picture, with nineteen individual speakers and an individual subwoofer reproducing your music as it was meant to be heard.
A Drive Like no Other
As good as it is to sit in the back of the Autobiography, it promises an entirely different experience in the drivers' seat. It starts with the four-corner air suspension which handles any surface with an unmatched grace and poise. Thanks to the Terrain Response® 2 system, the Range Rover is equally suited to exploring treacherous surfaces or mountainous terrain as it is with the daily commute. The drive is comfortable as it is rewarding, with controls placed intuitively in easy reach.
The Range Rover Command Driving Position gives the driver an even better view than the rear occupants, with a raised console and seat for almost 360-degree visibility. Standard features include Adaptive Dynamics, which feature variable dampers that aim to deliver the best ride control and composure no matter what surface is underneath.
The Dynamic Response system, available on SDV8 and V8 Supercharged models, strives to reduce body lean through the corners through complex management of the front and rear suspension, giving a comfortable, even ride.
A range of powerful, yet refined engines evoke the true nature of a Range Rover. From the 4.4 litre SDV8 Diesel, through to the 5.0 litre Supercharged Petrol V8, all engines offer a comfortable, quiet journey be it on the motorway or a countryside cruise. Torque is never left wanting, exceeding 600Nm on all models and providing a strong pull for any situation.
On the outside, the Autobiography makes a statement in the understated. The Range Rover Long Wheelbase disguises with elegance the spacious nature of the rear with a gently tapered, sweeping form. A floating, sloped roofline is accentuated by gloss black pillars and an almost-flush glazing to the windows.
Other stylish touches are exclusive to the Autobiography. The grille and mesh surround are coloured in atlas silver, whilst the mirror caps only on the LWB are available in santorini black. The Autobiography name makes an appearance on the rear tailgate and the rear swab, whilst chrome vent blades complete a sophisticated appearance.
Imposing, 21-inch alloy wheels in 'Style 101' add an upmarket look, whilst Xenon headlamps with signature lighting make it the envy of other cars on the road. Thanks to the little details, the Range Rover Autobiography truly looks special without ever looking out of place.