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2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport R-S Spy Shots

 
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2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport R-S

The 2014 Range Rover Sport has just hit the street, but it looks like Land Rover is aiming even higher than the already-potent Range Rover Sport Supercharged variant with a new model, possibly to be badged R-S. While the name is uncertain, the plan doesn't appear to be: put even more power and sharper handling into the Range Rover Sport's new package and see what can be done. With 800 fewer pounds on board in the standard model, and an improved chassis, quite a lot should be possible.

New photos of the Range Rover Sport R-S show it has shed the previous camouflage pattern for a new bright blue graphic wrap--allowing us to see more of the detail in the sheetmetal underneath. Previous reports have compared a possible super-performance Range Rover Sport to the Jaguar XKR-S--adding to the formula in logical, incremental steps. Jaguar Land Rover has also said that lessons learned in the development of the limited-edition XKR-S GT would be transferred to future products. Some of those lessons include brakes, aerodynamics, and suspension tuning--lessons that can translate, at least conceptually, to a wide variety of platforms.

Following the XKR-S and XKR-S GT models, then, a hotter Range Rover Sport might not offer more power--or at least not much more. Instead, it might offer a sharper suspension tune for improved handling (at the expense of some off-road ability), bigger brakes, and a lower, sleeker profile for reduced drag. From the spy shots, that last factor at least looks to be very likely indeed.

Gauging the body roll in the photos, the Range Rover Sport R-S also looks to be quite a bit stiffer than previous high-po Sports. Other details visible in the photos include a new, lower front bumper with larger air intakes and a larger rear spoiler.

The hottest Range Rover Sport yet is expected to make its debut in the first half of 2014, most likely as a 2015 model. We'll be following the development of the Range Rover R-S in detail as it progresses, so check this space for more news in the near future. Key rivals will include the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG and BMW X5 M.

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