Hot 285hp Range Rover Evoque revealed

Range-Rover-Evoque-Autobiography-DynamicLand Rover has at last revealed the much-anticipated high-performance Range Rover Evoque model.

Set to debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the new Range Rover Evoque Autobiography Dynamic boasts a 285hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine plus an ‘optimised chassis’ that sharpens the handling.

With new suspension geometry, firmer springs and retuned adaptive dampers all standard, handling should certainly be crisper: Land Rover has also fitted bigger 350mm front brakes and standard Torque Vectoring by Braking (similar to that used to such good effect by the new Range Rover Sport).

20pinch forged alloy wheels provide plenty of grip and traction too.

The higher-performance engine will be a keen draw: 285hp is 45hp more than the regular 240hp Si4: although Land Rover hasn’t revealed performance figures yet, we’d expect a useful improvement on that model’s 7.1 second 0-62mph time (dipping into the sixes is certain: could it hit 5.9 seconds, though?). An extra 44lb ft of pulling power ensures it’s a well-rounded motor, and the all-new nine-speed ZF automatic transmission is standard fit.

And there’ll be no missing it on the road, particularly if owners choose the new phoenix orange colour that’s now offered on all Evoque Dynamic models. This Autobiography Dynamic has a new grille and front valence, more jewel-light lights and the aforementioned monster alloys. Check out the Autobiography badges too – which Land Rover doesn’t call mere badges, but ‘ingots’. Wow.

Six leather colourways are available inside and there’s a choice of sports or premium climate seats. Autobiography details include an embossed logo on the head restraints and special illuminated kickplates.

The new Autobiography Dynamic also marks the long-awaited introduction of Land Rover InControl Apps to the infotainment display. This allows smartphone apps to be both displayed and controlled in exactly the same way they appear on smartphones. Hugely clever tech for both iPhone and Android users.

Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, 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.”

The fastest-selling Land Rover of all time, more than 270,000 Evoques have been sold. The firm will be hoping this latest round of enhancements is enough to keep it sharp – particularly as, right now, MR is driving a new arch-rival, the Mercedes-Benz GLA…

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