A high-pressure turbo version of the Evoque's 2.0-litre petrol unit could boost power to 300bhp
7 October 2011

A hot version - up-to 300bhp – of the new Range Rover Evoque is being assessed for production.

The engine is a high-pressure turbo version of the Evoque's Ford-derived 2.0-litre turbo petrol unit.

Evoque program director David Mitchell has been driving the engine in an Evoque prototype, although production has yet to get the green light.

“The chassis can take it,” says Mitchell.

One dilemma for Land Rover, however, is how to badge a higher performance version of the Range Rover Evoque.

Jaguar Land Rover has no performance sub-brand for its Range Rover models and current cars with enhanced performance are badged 'supercharged'.

“We'll have to look at badges or a sub-brand,” say Mitchell.

The most powerful production Evoque currently on sale is the 2.0-litre Si4 Dynamic, which produces 237bhp. The planned hot version will increase that figure by up to 63bhp.

Our Verdict

Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque is available as a three-door, pictured here, or a five-door

The Range Rover Evoque draws heavily on style as a selling point, but also possesses the substance to back it up

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Citroën C4 Grand Picasso
    First Drive
    26 August 2016
    The Citroën Grand C4 Picasso gets tweaked styling, improved tech and new personalisation options to keep it ahead of rivals
  • Car review
    26 August 2016
    Wolfsburg celebrates the GTI’s 40th with its most extreme version yet
  • Kia Optima Sportwagon
    First Drive
    25 August 2016
    New Kia estate looks the part, has good space and handles tidily, but its engine's flexibility and refinement let it down
  •  Kia Optima PHEV
    First Drive
    25 August 2016
    Plug-in hybrid Optima is a practical, tax-efficient PHEV that undercuts rivals and fulfils its main remit well, but keen drivers need not apply
  • Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Spyder
    First Drive
    24 August 2016
    Awful driving position aside, drop-top Huracán handles UK roads well. It's more dynamically rounded than its rangemates, but lacks rivals' handling bite