2011 Range Rover Autobiography Black: A Personal History
Last year, riding across Vermont rocky roads, surrounded by thick forest, I got the scoop on Land Rover’s version of an autobiography, and now it’s here in the form of the 2011 Range Rover Autobiography Limited Edition. The Autobiography debuted at Pebble Beach in August.
Land Rover Product Manager Frank Dauerer worked closely on Land Rover’s new Autobiography program, a customized, limited-edition project. He explained how the concept is closely connected to Land Rover’s identity, dating back to 1970. This is the ultimate Range that makes no excuses, and now the program has come to fruition in cool-daddy style. Consider the plethora of amenities starting with the boss exterior: Barolo Black exterior paint, 20-inch Diamond Turned 10-spoke alloy wheels, a Titan mesh front grille, side vents off set by chrome bars and black surroundings.
The interior is defined by sill plates. Grand Black Lacquer-finish and leather trim are layered on the doors, instrument panel center console, shift knob and heated steering wheel. The logo is subtly embossed throughout the vehicle. Taking a cue from the original Autobiography edition, the Autobiography Black is powered by a 5.0-liter, 510hp supercharged V8 engine with direct fuel injection 461 lb.-ft. of peak torque with a zero to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds. Land Rover takes it personally.