Talk of a more potent Range Rover Evoque from Land Rover dates back several years, but even with the vehicle having just undergone its mid-cycle update we’re still without a version offering any serious performance upgrades. However, with the recent establishment of the Special Vehicle Operations, an Evoque wearing the personalization department’s new SVR performance badge could now be in the works.
The information was first reported by Motoring, citing comments made by Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern.
"We started with this [Range Rover Sport SVR] but it'll work right through the Range Rover range, and through Discoverys and eventually Defenders,” McGovern said when asked about the possibility of more SVR-badged Land Rovers beyond the current Range Rover Sport SVR.
And any vehicle wearing the SVR badge will pack more power, McGovern promised.
So what can we expect from an Evoque SVR? A previous report suggested that any performance version of the Evoque would feature the automaker's supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. The engine currently has outputs of 340 and 380 horsepower, and either of these would be more than enough for the Evoque SVR. A key rival would be Mercedes-Benz’s GLA45 AMG, rated at 355 hp.
So when might we see an Evoque SVR? McGovern didn’t say, but it can’t be too far as the Land Rover design chief said the current Evoque only has about three years left in its life cycle.