Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations considers Evoque SVR
If you have a Special Vehicle Operation department in your company then you are probably going to keep it busy. This is what the management team at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has been very keen to do recently and this looks set to continue, with the Evoque likely to be the next vehicle in line for the 'treatment'.
There is little information coming out of JLR at the moment, but what we do know is that we can expect the Evoque SVR to follow closely behind the Range Rover Sport SVR. The high-performance Sport will be looking to compete in the highly-lucrative niche that is the domain of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, but the Evoque will be aimed at another target. If this model is produced, it will be in competition with the Porsche Macan.
For the Evoque to get even close to matching the Macan there would have to be a huge increase in performance. We can forget the V8 5.00-litre supercharged engine it has at the moment, as what is needed is a four- or even a six-pot; therefore, the solution could be provided by the company's recently-developed Ingenium inline-six.
Unlike the Autobiography range, performance will be the key for the SVR Evoque. JLR is already developing the next-generation Evoque; however, this will not be in the showrooms for a couple of years. The SVR will be a high-performance goodbye for the existing model as we wait to see what the designers at JLR come up with for its successor.