Hot Range Rovers to wear RS badge
Range Rover has confirmed that it will be launching a much anticipated performance-orientated collection of SUVs, with the hot Evoque arriving as soon as the end of the year.
This is after a well disguised but clearly eager, visually distinctive Range Rover Sport was seen undergoing extensive testing at the Nürburgring in Germany.
These hot Range Rover Sport and Evoque models will also wear a new RS badge, which along with performance upgrades, software suspension tweaks, bigger wheels and a more powerful breaking system, will make sure that the RS Range Rovers will confirm their ability to outperform their ‘normal’ siblings.
While unconfirmed, the Range Rover Sport RS is likely to be the recipient of the same 5,0-litre supercharged V8 powering the Jaguar XKR-S, which would represent a 30 kW increase over the standard supercharged Range Rover Sport.
At 404 kW, the Range Rover Sport RS will have enough power to really challenge the likes of BMW’s X5M, but will still fall short of Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo S and its 410 kW turbocharged V8.
With Bentley also having just announced that it will be focusing on performance when it releases its new SUV, it might be in Range Rover’s best interests to eke out another 11 kW or so out of the big V8, crowning it as the most powerful SUV.
The Evoque RS will be released, hopefully still this year in Europe, with a 223 kW version of its 2,0-litre turbocharged engine, which should transform the high-fashion compact SUV in something a little more serious, at least in dynamic terms.