- inline-4 (Est.)
- Horsepower @ RPM:
- 300 (Est.)
- 2.0 L (Est.)
- 0-60 time:
- 6.8 sec. (Est.)
- Top Speed:
- 145 mph (Est.)
Last month, we heard the first rumors about the possibility of more powerful version of the Range Rover Sport and Evoque models. Rumored to be carry an "RS" suffix, these new versions will look more aggressive than standard version, plus they will deliver more luxury and power.
The first to arrive will likely be the Evoque RS. We anticipate it to carry a sportier look, thanks to new front and rear bumpers and larger air intakes. The exterior will likely boast of a base color with numerous black elements, like the front and rear lip spoiler, side skirts, side-view mirrors and roof. You can see all of these elements on the above rendering.
On the inside, we expect to see sporty updates, like sport seats, carbon-fiber insertions and stainless-steel trimming.
As for the engine, rumors point toward Land Rover tuning the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine to around 300 horsepower, which represents a 60 horsepower increase over the current version. In order to handle the extra power, the Evoque RS will also be equipped with a modified suspension, larger wheels and an updated brake system.
Click past the jump to read more about the Range Rover Evoque RS.
The Audi SQ5 was unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and features a more aggressive look and a more powerful engine. It gets a new 3.0 TFSI engine that delivers a total of 354 horsepower between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm and a peak toque of 347 pound-feet between 4,000 and 4,500 rpm.
This amount of power transformed the SQ5 into the fastest Q5 on the market, giving it a 0-to-60 mph sprint time of just 5.1 second and a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).
gallery: Audi SQ5 TFSI
Another model that will challenge the Evoque RS is the Lexus RX F-Sport. It was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and features a more aggressive look when compared to a base RX, but unfortunately the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces an output of 270 horsepower.
Its true, the RX is considerably less powerful than the SQ5, but it is also a little bit cheaper: it starts at a little over $47k while the SQ5 is priced at $52k.