Range Rover Evoque gains hot hatch power with new 286bhp engine

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The Range Rover Evoque is now available with hot hatchback levels of performance, thanks to the introduction of a new four-cylinder petrol engine.

Land Rover has made the 286bhp Ingenium petrol engine available in both the Range Rover Evoque and the Discovery Sport as part of its latest round of updates.


That power output means that the Discovery Sport and Evoque models now have only slightly less power than Volkswagen's brilliant Golf R. Torque, however, stands at 400Nm – which is on a par with the Volkswagen.

While the two SUVs are considerably heavier than the Golf, in the Evoque the 286bhp four-cylinder engine will allow for a 0-60mph sprint time of just 5.8 seconds, and a top speed of 144mph.

Sure, that may not quite match the Golf R's 4.6 seconds – but it's certainly impressive for a car of the Evoque's size.

In fact, with the 286bhp engine, it's the fastest Range Rover Evoque you can currently buy.

If you decide to opt for this model, you'll also find a set of new sports seats as well. According to TopGear.com, the seats feature "perforated and distinctive horizontally-ribbed inserts."

As part of this latest refresh, Land Rover has also introduced slightly more sensible 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines that produce 237bhp. The diesel unit produces a mighty 500Nm of torque and emits less CO2 than the petrol, and in the Discovery Sport Land Rover claims it can achieve a fairly respectable 44mpg.

Range Rover Evoque gains hot hatch power with new 286bhp engine

Range Rover Evoque gains hot hatch power with new 286bhp engine