The high-performance SUV market could be about to grow.
And now it seems Range Rover is going to jump into the fray. Or, rather, further into the fray, beyond the lines the 510 horsepower Range Rover and Range Rover Sport have drawn into the sand. According to Autocar, Range Rover is planning on building a pair of street racer-spec SUVs: the Range Rover Sport RS and the Range Rover Evoque RS.
The Sport RS—recently spotted testing on the Nürburgring—will reportedly use the 550 horsepower supercharged V8 from the Jaguar XKR-S and XFR-S, while the Evoque RS will use a 300 horsepower version of the regular Range Rover Evoque's 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-four. Both racy Ranges should receive revised suspensions better suited to carving corners than crossing creeks, along with uprated brakes. And because, let's face it, nobody buys a Range Rover to be subtle, the Sport RS is expected to receive some performance-minded exterior mods—as can be seen on the picture above, which purportedly shows the aggressively-intaked front end of the RR Sport RS. The Evoque RS's exterior changes should be more subtle.
So when can we see these hotted-up haulers in the nude? Well, if Autocar is correct, don't be surprised to see the Evoque RS by the beginning of next year, with the Range Rover Sport RS several months later. [via Autocar]