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.