A sportier version of Land Rover's Range Rover Evoque has been revealed at the Geneva motor show. The Evoque Autobiography Dynamic gets increased power and more dynamic handling, and will go on sale in the final three months of the year.
The Dynamic is powered by an upgraded version of the existing 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 281bhp, up 44bhp, and 295lb ft, an increase of 44lb ft. The performance gains are as a result of a new single-scroll turbo, recalibrated engine mapping and a new sports exhaust system which emits a sound described as “appropriately muscular”.
The engine drives via a recalibrated nine-speed ZF automatic gearbox, which Land Rover says responds more keenly to inputs than in other Evoques. Land Rover claims a “noticeable” increase in mid-range performance.
The Evoque Autobiography Dynamic is capable of reaching 60mph in 6.7sec and a top speed limited to 140mph.
The new model also has uprated steering, which has been “specially tuned for greater on-centre precision”.
The Evoque’s suspension features tweaks to the geometry, firmer springs and recalibrated dampers. The result, says Land Rover, is increased agility and turn-in response, without impacting on ride quality.
Land Rover says the car’s active driveline system is the first four-wheel drive system of its kind. It seamlessly switches to front-wheel drive during a steady-speed cruise above 22mph, eliminating all drag losses from the rear driveline. It can reengage four-wheel drive in 300ms.
It also optimises torque delivery between the rear wheels and can lock them together for improved on- and off-road traction. Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVB) is standard, which Land Rover says helps to reduce understeer on both high and low-grip surfaces. Upgraded 350mm front brake discs also feature.
Available in both three- and five-door body styles, the Evoque Autobiography Dynamic gets a new grille design, a lower front valance, darkened headlights and taillights, 20-inch forged alloy wheels and a unique Phoenix Orange paint finish. A black contrast roof is standard.
Inside, there’s a choice of six leather trim colours, along with the option of sports or premium climate seats. It carries Autobiography logos in the front seats and the dash features dark brushed aluminium trim.
The car will also feature the new Land Rover InControl app which, when downloaded to a smartphone, will allow the driver to operate apps on a connected Apple or Android device via the vehicle’s touchscreen. Specific apps for in-vehicle use will function on the touchscreen and new content will be offered each time the app updates. Other apps allow the remote monitoring of fuel levels, whether the car’s windows are open and the logging of journey details.
A range of apps will be available at launch, including audio, location sharing, mapping, parking locations, news, Twitter readers and conference calling.
The new model marks the first time the Autobiography name has appeared on the Evoque. The new flagship sits above Pure, Dynamic and Prestige models.
It is understood that plans for an RS-badged hot Evoque have been shelved. The model was originally tipped to use a 300bhp version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine.
Land Rover has sold 270,000 Evoques since the model was launched in 2011.
Additional reporting by Stuart Milne, 2 March 2014