Performance focussed Range Rover Evoque gears up for Geneva


A 'warm' version of the popular Range Rover Evoque is due to go on display at the Geneva motor show later next month, sporting an extra 44bhp and some stylistic tweaks.

Performance enthusiasts have been waiting with bated breath for the full fat Range Rover Sport RS model - and some have hoped the performance treatment would also filter down into the baby Range – but we will have to make do with this, the Autobiography Dynamic version, for now.

The engine remains the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol but it has been boosted to produce 281bhp and 400Nm torque and the nine-speed ZF gearbox has been fettled to deliver a more 'performance focussed' drive.

To compliment the boosted power and quick shifting gearbox, the springs are now stiffer, the suspension has been revised and the front brakes have swollen to offer greater stopping power.

Passers-by will be able to spot the Autobiography Dynamic models by the bespoke front bumper and grille, 20-inch alloy wheels and Autobiography badging throughout. The rather fetching Phoenix Orange paint is also a new addition.

Customers are also treated to a technological boost as the model boasts Land Rover's InControl apps that can be downloaded to a smartphone and used to operate many of the car's controls.

Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director, Jeremy Hicks said: "The Range Rover Evoque has been an enormous success in the UK with its blend of bold design, luxury and compact versatility. Demand remains strong two years after the start of production, and with the introduction of the Autobiography Dynamic, customers have more choice and access to a new heightened level of agility."

Expect to pay just over £50,000 when the first cars arrive in showrooms in October of this year.