The current Range Rover Evoque may be no slouch with its turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but reports have surfaced that Land Rover is working on a more powerful version.
Autocar reports that the program director for the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, David Mitchell, confirmed that the company has been testing a prototype Evoque that could pack as much as 300 hp. “The chassis can take it,” he said.
The hot Evoque’s oomph will come from a tuned version of its 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo four cylinder gas engine, currently the only mill offered to American customers, which produces about 240 horsepower. It’s probably better known to U.S. buyers as the EcoBoost: the engine is shared with the Ford Explorer and all-new Escape, among others, and is a remnant of Jaguar Land Rover’s previous ownership by Ford. Seeing as the engine has already been tuned to produce about 250 hp in the upcoming Ford Focus ST, 300 hp is hardly out of the question for the Range Rover.
The only question left, Autocar says, is what to name it: unlike sibling Jaguar, Land Rover doesn’t have a sub-brand or badge for its uprated cars (think XKR and XFR), only a “Supercharged” badge on the back of its most powerful – and supercharged – Range Rovers.
No matter the nomenclature, it may only be a matter of time before a sportier Evoque makes its way (quickly) to showrooms.