By Andrew Ganz
Monday, Apr 23rd, 2012 @ 9:11 am
Land Rover has expanded on its unlikely relationship with British fashion designer (and football/soccer wife) Victoria Beckham at the Beijing Motor Show with a new special edition version of the Range Rover Evoque.

The Range Rover Evoque Special Edition with Victoria Beckham - yes, that's its full name - is based on the three-door Evoque coupe and perhaps its most distinguishing feature is its hand-finished matte paint. That shine-free paint is a Land Rover first and it is offset with unique2 black glossy 20-inch alloy wheels with rose gold accents and gloss black detailing on the vehicle's body.

Inside, the lady Beckham worked with Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern to create a special interior covered in Vintage Tan leather with a hand-finished baseball-style stitching. That fine leather is also used on the doors, armrests and center console, while rose gold-tinted trim adorns some of the controls. Piano black trim and mohair floor mats round out the Evoque's look.

Why Victoria Beckham? The designer has worked with Land Rover throughout the Range Rover Evoque's development in an effort to appeal to a different buyer base by adding an element of modern design not seen on other vehicles the automaker offers. Beckham also lends her signature to a hand-stitched leather portfolio that details the special edition Evoque.

The Evoque Special Edition with Victoria Beckham will be powered by the same 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter Ford-sourced four-cylinder used in other Evoques. Four-wheel-drive with Land Rover's Terrain Response traction control system is standard. Just 200 Beckhamized Evoques are to be produced, with a mere five earmarked for North American buyers.

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