A potential Land Rover Discovery Sport SVR from the firm’s Special Operations division has been ruled out by the British firm.
The news was revealed by midsize Land Rover program chief Murray Dietsch to Motoring during the launch of the new Land Rover Discovery Sport. While there is no full-on Discovery Sport SVR on the cards, Dietsch did reveal that Land Rover itself could create a more powerful variant to rival the Audi SQ5 and impending BMW X3/X4 M.
When customer deliveries of the Discovery Sport commence, the British crossover will be topped out by a Ford based four-cylinder engine delivering just under 240 hp. However, there are suggestions that when this engine is replaced by Jaguar Land River’s new turbocharged 2.0-litre as part of its Ingenium line-up, power could be upped towards the 300 hp mark. By comparison, the twin-turbodiesel engine of the Audi SQ5 delivers 309 hp.
As a reminder, underpinning the Land Rover Discovery Sport is a steel monocoque but to keep the overall weight of the car down, aluminium has been utilised for the car’s roof, wings, tailgate and bonnet. All up, the car tips the scales at 1817 kg which is about 900 kg less than the larger Land Rover Discovery.
[Via Motor Authority]