2020 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic Black limited edition revealed

  • Range Rover Velar - first special edition hits the market
  • Just 500 R-Dynamic Black models to be built
  • Diesel-only version adds extras as standard

2020 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic Black limited edition three-quarter front view

The Range Rover Velar has been a useful addition to the Land Rover model range – with its dramatic styling and proportions combining with the agreeably upscale image for its maker. Capitalising on this, Land Rover has unveiled a new R-Dynamic Black limited edition, which it hopes will tempt more buyers, who will be even more attracted to all-black colour scheme and upgraded specification.

The Velar is under attack from some very exciting rivals – not least the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe – but the Velar is arguably more like a conventional estate and better-looking than all of them. The new R-Dynamic Black is set to take the fight to these cars and - as well as offering sub-£500 per month PCP deals for it - by kitting it out generously, Land Rover has created a more desirable Velar. The main financial benefit for buyers is that it'll be easier to sell come the time, and offer stronger resale values than the car it's based upon.

So, what do you get? It's based on the Range Rover Velar D180 R-Dynamic SE, and there will be just 500 examples made. This model gets a Black Exterior Pack, privacy glass, fixed panoramic glass roof, 21-inch gloss black alloy wheels, a heated steering wheel, metallic paint and Adaptive Dynamics (adaptive suspension) as standard.

When is black not black?

Range Rover Velar front view

When it's Eiger Grey Metallic. This is one of colours the car is available in - the other being a more predictable Santorini Black. Inside, the R-Dynamic Black limited edition is finished in Ebony perforated leather. 

The 180hp R-Dynamic version is the bestselling model in the Velar range, and with 152g/km CO2 emissions and an official claimed fuel consumption of 37.8-42.0mpg (WLTP Combined), it's the most economical version you can buy. Performance is acceptable, rather than exciting, with a 0-62mph time of 8.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 120mph.

You can order one now, but first deliveries aren't until early 2020. Prices start at £56,995 but it's also available on PCP for £499 per month over a 48 month contract and with a deposit £13,386 on a 4.9% APR rate.

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2020 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic Black limited edition three-quarter rear view