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Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic: For when you can't make up your mind

The ultra-luxe and ultra-sporty sides of Range Rover converge in a single model with a very long name.

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$170,995 is actually about $20,000 cheaper than the long-wheelbase SVAutobiography, which sort of makes it a bargain. Sort of.

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If you want to experience the pinnacle of Range Rover luxury, you can buy the long-wheelbase SVAutobiography. If you want the zenith of sporting pretensions, the Sport SVR is for you. But what if you want both? Now, instead of buying two SUVs, you can buy just one, but holy hell, it's expensive.

The new Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic takes the opulence of the SVAutobiography, condenses it down to a standard wheelbase and throws a heapin' helpin' of performance on top. It's powered by the same 550-horsepower, 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 that hangs out in the F-Type and the larger SVAutobiography.

Land Rover promises that it will deliver a sportier ride than normal Range Rovers. Active roll bars and adaptive dampers will provide greater control during spirited driving, and the whole suspension's been tweaked to lower the car by 0.3 inches. The exhaust tips are yuge, because that's evidently a marker for performance in this day and age. You can also order red brake calipers, to ensure you're flaunting your wealth and sportiness at all possible times.

As you might expect, the inside is fancy. The front seats are 20-way adjustable and finished in a diamond-quilt pattern with contrast stitching. There's some red trim scattered around (again, so you know it's really sporty), and the paddle shifters are red, too. The only way to get around the red paddle shifters is to order the tan interior, which will get dirtier faster than a child that's just taken a bath.

Tech-wise, there are a few improvements that span the entire 2017 Range Rover lineup. A new low-traction launch mode helps drivers get moving on slippery surfaces, and the "All-Terrain Info Center" is a one-stop shop for everything off-roading, including vehicle geometry displays and slope assist. The Range Rover also (finally) has the company's latest-generation touchscreen infotainment system.

If you're wondering how much this all costs, I'll wait for you to finish taking that sip of coffee. OK, ready for the spit take? $170,995. That's right, the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic will set you back $170,995. Thankfully, you've got some time to save your pennies, as this bad boy won't be on sale until later in the year.

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