What is it?
As with the fixed-head Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover is offering the drop-top version of its smallest SUV with the option of a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Called the Si4, it develops 237bhp to give performance that is significantly better than even the highest-output diesel.
Not only is it quicker, but opting for the petrol motor also saves you 31kg. While that may seem a reasonable amount, it’s a drop in the ocean when you consider the kerb weight is still a hefty 1936kg. Astonishingly, there are variants of the Defender that weigh less.
The reason for the massive increase in weight compared with the tin-top Evoque is all to do with rigidity. There are significant amounts of additional bracing that have been added to the car’s structure, enough for it to be able to cope with the kind of tortuous off-road action Range Rovers are famous for.
Like the diesel version, you can only get the petrol-powered Evoque Convertible in the luxurious HSE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic Lux variants. That means the Si4 costs a hefty £52,400, £700 more than the TD4. Is it worth the premium?