Rumors Grow Over Range Rover Evoque SVR
It might not be officially confirmed, but the rumors of Land Rover offering an SVR version its Range Rover Evoque are growing in intensity. This time the gossip is coming from down under. Australia’s Motorring reports the souped-up version of the Evoque is likely due out after Jaguar has its turn with JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations divisions.
We’ve already reported that Land Rover’s design directed and chief creative officer, Gerry McGovern, has said “nothing is off the table” in regards to the SVO’s involvement in the Land Rover lineup, even concerning hopped-up SVR and SVAutobiography versions of nearly every Range Rover vehicle.
“I’m not saying ‘no’ to anything because the whole reason for the Special Vehicle Operations is to take all these different families and actually do versions on all of them,” he said. And though we can expect a new version of the Evoque to hit showrooms by 2018, McGovern says the platform still has a lot of life left in it.
As far as what we can expect, the SVO team have already created an SVR edition Range Rover Sport. The Sport’s 5.0-liter V-8 got an additional 40 horsepower and 41 pound-feet of torque for a total of 550 horses and 502 pound-feet. Perhaps the SVO team would bump the Evoque’s 2.0-liter turbo’s output from 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque to a more seductive 300 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque.
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Why it matters
More power is always a good thing, but there is also a greater goal for Land Rover in this. As McGovern says, it’s about offering customers a choice. He continues saying SVO could do larger production runs or have a limited edition run with 150 units. SVO will even do one-off builds for customers with enough money.
In a crowded luxury market, offering choices and bespoke builds help separate the boys from the men. Land Rover is being clever here, and adding more power will surely appeal to those drivers who rock the SUV during the week but pull out the Jaguar F-Type on the weekends.