The Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition, a hand-finished exclusive addition, made its debut earlier this year at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
The press release from Range Rover:
The flagship model adds a handcrafted luxury interior, using specially selected soft feel natural leathers, to an interior renowned for being one of the finest in the automotive world.
The driver benefits from the recognizable command driving position offering excellent visibility and comfort, and the rear passengers now experience first-class-style accommodation never before seen in a Range Rover.
Two stand alone electric rear seats enhance space and comfort for the rear passengers, making the Ultimate Edition the definitive chauffeur vehicle. The addition of a rear console extension, including a machined aluminium laptop table and drinks chiller, and two Apple iPads* as standard (the first car to do so), takes the Range Rover rear seat experience to new levels of luxury.
• First class levels of luxury for both driver and passengers:
• Rear cabin includes Apple iPads* as standard:
• Hand crafted finest soft feel leathers and machined aluminium detailing:
The luxury theme extends to the rear load space, with a super yacht inspired teak floor with metal and leather detailing.
• Super yacht inspired teak loadspace floor:
The interior story is completed with high-end semi-aniline leather seating and Oxford leather on the door casings, dashboard top and steering wheel. For the first time, Kalahari wood veneers are used on the facia and door top rolls and unique interior colourways of either dark cherry or Arabica are available.
Two new unique exterior colours, either Roussillon Red or Otago Stone, (also available in Santorini Black) are available along with body coloured door handles, dark atlas radiator grille and side vents to create a sophisticated finish. This Ultimate Edition is fitted with new and unique 20” multi-spoke diamond-turned alloy wheels, and unique tailgate badging. Customers also have the option of an Exterior Design Pack and deployable side steps.
The all-V8 engine line-up includes the superb new 4.4 litre LR-TDV8 Diesel engine with a new eight-speed transmission incorporating Drive Select with Paddle Shift as standard. This LR-TDV8 combines superior power with 313PS, 700Nm torque whilst delivering even lower fuel consumption and 14% less CO2 emissions than its predecessor in line with the stringent EU5 emissions standards. The combined cycle fuel consumption of the new LR-TDV8 4.4-litre is just 30.1mpg, making this the first Range Rover ever to better 30mpg.
The 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox tuned by Land Rover engineers to combine silky smooth shifting with exceptionally rapid response and improved fuel economy, catapults the Range Rover from rest to 60mph in a mere 7.5 seconds and complete the 50mph-75mph dash in just 5.1 seconds.
The LR-V8 5.0 Supercharged engine is also available delivering awesome power and torque, 510PS and 625Nm, propelling the Range Rover from 0-60mph in a breath-taking 5.9 seconds.
Both variants come with Land Rover’s award-winning Terrain ResponseTM system, which optimises the vehicle set-up for virtually all on-road or off-road driving situations, with five different settings to suit different terrains including new Hill Start Assist and Gradient Acceleration Control.
This Ultimate Edition was designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK and exclusivity is assured as each vehicle will be built to customer order only. 500 units will be produced and sold in over 20 markets globally.
Pricing will be announced by individual markets later this year.
*iPad is a trademark of Apple, Inc. registered in the US and other countries.
Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition
UPDATED AGAIN*: Kate Goes With Sarah Burton For Alexander McQueen With Cartier Tiara & Matching Earrings.
*UPDATED PICS now include the cakes, the reception dresses, the ugliest hat and more.
The dress was by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. She donned the Cartier “halo” tiara, which was made in 1936 and given to the Queen as an 18th birthday present. And she's got the wave down cold.
Her earrings were custom-made by Robinson Pelham to match her tiara and were a present from her parents. Kate's wedding ring, which seemed to have given William a bit of difficulty in the slipping on, is a band of Welsh gold by Wartski.
The Cartier "halo" tiara:
As previously worn by the monarchy members before her:
The earrings made to match the tiara by Robinson Pelham:
No doubt, Kate Middleton, now being referred to as "Catherine," looked every bit like Royalty as she walked down the aisle.
People keep comparing Kate's dress to that of Princess Grace's, but they really were quite different except for the lace long sleeves:
above: Her bouquet consisted of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth.
And, of course, the kiss:
Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge:
And they drove off in an Aston Martin:
The Cake, made by Leicestershire-based cake designer Fiona Cairns :
The chocolate McVitrine's cake for the recption:
The Sarah Burton for Alexader McQueen reception dress for Kate:
and sister Pippa's reception dress:
I would be remiss if I did not include a photo of the most talked about hat (it even has it's own haters facebook page) at the event, worn by Beatrice:
images courtesy of Getty, The BBC, The AP, The PA and The British Monarchy