A new Range Rover Sport line up is thought to be being developed by Land Rover, called the Range Rover Sport RS. It is in the final stages of testing.
A test car has been pictured in the UK but it was very well camouflaged. It has been seen in a new styling pack and there are some clues that indicate that it is a really fast model.
There have been some predictions about the spec of this new vehicle. It is expected that it will have an engine from the R-S Jaguar. This means that it is likely to have the regular Range Rover Sport V8 5.0 litre engine but with additional power. In the Jaguar XFR-S and XKR-S the bhp has been raised from 501 to 542 and the torque from 41 to 502 lb/ft.
In the lower section of the car there are nostrils inset as well as wide air intakes and a new bumper on the front. The grille has a chicken wire type design and it looks like there are flared edges on the splitter. This makes the car look very much more aggressive an dit may be possible that it will improve the aerodynamics as well.
From the side shots, it can be seen that the 20in alloy wheels have a new design. There are red monobloc brake calipers that are Brembo branded. This could mean that it will be the first Land Rover with carbon ceramic brake options in the same way that the Jaguar F-type R was the first of their brand to have them. This would put it in good competition with the composite brake systems offered by Audi, Porsche and BMW.
There are four tail pipes at the back and the rear bumper has changed to include a cut out like a diffuser in the same way as the XFR-S super saloon does.
Although the Range Rover Sport is powerful, it is not as powerful as its rivals the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S which can manage 542bhp and Mercedes ML63 AMG which can do 525bhp which is more than the 503bhp the Range Rover Sport can manage.
The car even saw rivalry form the BMW X5 M and X6 M which were capable of 547bhp. It is expected that there will be 565bhp available from the M Division SUVs and cars in excess of 550bhp from super SUVs offered from Rolls-Royce, Audi, Lamborghini and Bentley. Land Rover will need to make sure that it can offer this sort of power as in the Middle East and America this is extremely important to consumers as fuel prices are not so much of an issue for them.
It is expected that the new vehicle will be the most expensive vehicle in their range apart from the new long wheelbase version. A standard V8 Sport will be £81,550 but the model with the RS engine is likely to be in excess of £95,000.
That is cheaper than a Cayenne Turbo S at £107,784 but rather more expensive than a BMW X5 M. Until it goes on sale, it will be hard to tell if the price is set at the right level.