Second only to the long-wheelbase Range Rover SVAutobiography in terms of price and size, the short-wheelbase Dynamic shares the longer vehicle’s sporty supercharged 550-hp V8 engine but adds a specifically tuned performance suspension for those who prefer a whiff of driver involvement in their leather-lined transport.
Mark Stanton, director of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division, says a small contingent of affluent buyers would never consider buying a Range Rover Sport SVR but still seek a luxuriously appointed SUV with enhanced performance capabilities, details Car and Driver.
Rather than leave the tiny subset of buyers looking upmarket toward the Bentley Bentayga for a premium-performance full-size SUV fix, Land Rover turned to SVO to create and assemble the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic, which it also calls as a ‘gentleman’s express.’
The supercharged V8 engine in the Dynamic is calibrated to produce 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque, just like in the non-Dynamic SVAutobiography and the Range Rover Sports SVR.
Gear swaps come by way of a ZF-supplied eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
An open stretch of road and at least partial assurance that had escaped the eye of the ever-present speed cameras gives the user the confidence to explore the full travel of the accelerator pedal, which revealed the same smooth, low-end supercharged tug that people have come to love in the Range Rover Sport.