This heavily-camouflaged test vehicle doesn’t reveal a ton about the updated Range Rover Sport, but we know at least a few things we can expect from the redesigned SUV. The replacement Range Rovers will ride on Jaguar Land Rover’s new large-vehicle variant of its MLA architecture, which paves the way for further electrification and the use of new, more-advanced engineering processes to reduce weight and improve dynamics.
The current SVR is offered with Land Rover’s 575-horsepower V8, which produces 516 pound-feet of torque and hits 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. While that’s fast for an SUV, Land Rover’s supercharged 8-cylinder is not exactly known for being a featherweight; this mill is expected to be replaced by a turbocharged BMW V8 making approximately 600 horses.
Jaguar Land Rover is also expanding into plug-in hybrids, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility that a PHEV performance variant could make its way into the lineup. However, Land Rover has thus far been hit-or-miss with bringing its hybridized offerings stateside, so even if a performance hybrid model is offered in Europe, that’s no guarantee that we’ll see it cross the Atlantic.
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