Things are in motion at Land Rover headquarters to wrap up the development work for a new, more powerful version of the recently-launched 2013 Range Rover Sport. Some people have been nagging that the new Sport is not as, well, sporty as Porsche Cayenne. The RS will address those concerns.
Prototypes have already been dispatched to the Nurburgring to put the beefed up 5.0 liter V8 supercharged engine that will power the RS to test. This is the same engine that powers Jag’s XKR-S, XFR-S and XJR, and will make near as makes no difference 550 horsepower. It gives the Range Rover the same pace as a Porsche Cayenne Turbo, with a 0 to 60 time of 4.5 seconds.
Visually, the RS will get a new front bumper with larger air intakes, and a revised rear bumper with lower skid plate. In the chassis department you can expect a different suspension setup implemented via software, not mechanical modification, and larger wheels, as well as more powerful brakes.
The Range Rover Sport RS will give the Cayenne Turbo a good run for its money. But before it launches we are going to get an RS version of its baby bro, the Evoque. The Evoque RS is said to be powered by a 300 horsepower version of the current 2.0 liter petrol engine.