What is it: A big SUV with an even bigger price tag. This is a short-wheelbase version of the flagship Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography product with a sporty penchant. And it is rather sporty, at least among vehicles in the “near-3-ton, high-center-of-gravity” class.
Base Price: $171,990 As Tested Price: $175,046
Highlights: By adding the word Dynamic at the end, Land Rover tells the world this is a more back-road-friendly SUV. All-new for 2017, the Dynamic makes use of the shorter wheelbase, unique suspension tune and 0.3-inch lower ride height to improve on-road prowess. Motivation comes from a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 cranking out 550 hp.
Our Opinion: Any Range Rover stands out in a crowd — unless that crowd lives in the Monterey Peninsula, where many own a Rover, some as their “work truck.” But even here, this thing is special. Pumping up the highest-end model with a bit more handling pluck makes little sense on paper, perhaps, but driving around the curvy, sometimes bumpy canyon roads will quickly bring things into focus.
This big and tall store-on-wheels remains composed even with excessive silliness thrown at it, driving through switchbacks and tree-lined swoops. Sure, there’s body lean, but not enough to make you nervous. And tires always give way in an easy-to-manage progressive manner. You would never choose this as the weekend fun car, but it’s good to know that if circumstances warrant, you could.
Otherwise, like the other Range Rovers; it’s a big, comfy, opulent status symbol to cruise in. It’s smooth, quiet and exudes wealth from every pore.
Base Price: $171,990
As Tested Price: $175,046
Drivetrain: 5.0-liter supercharged V8, AWD, 8-speed auto
Output: 550hp, 502 lb-ft torque
Curb Weight: 5,417 lbs
Options: 22-inch wheels ($2100); Advanced Tow Assist ($400); Range Rover Protection Package ($556)
Pros: A pleasant place to be in almost any circumstance
Cons: How many trust funds do you have?
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