JLR Testing Range Rover Sport R?

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Spy shots of a prototype Range Rover Sport suggest Land Rover is working on a high-performance "R" variant of the luxury SUV.

It appears that Land Rover may be working on a more potent version of the Range Rover Sport. These spy shots show a prototype testing outside the Nurburgring with a revised front fascia that includes a lower center intake with a more open area and larger side intakes. Despite all that camo, the prototype doesn't appear to have any other changes. This suggests a more powerful engine than the available 510-hp supercharged V8 is sitting under the hood. But just how powerful will it be?

Considering that the max output Jaguar Land Rover has coaxed out of its V8 is 550 horsepower, we might deduce that this performance-oriented SUV - first rumored way back in November - would offer that much as well. But with the BMW X5 M and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S both offering around that much, Land Rover could try to squeeze out more. As we reported earlier, Jaguar is said to be working on a 600hp version for the F-Type, so who knows what the Land Rover could go with.

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