Sorry Land Rover enthusiasts, but an SVR version of the Disco Sport is completely off the table, according to a report from Motoring.com.au. This comes following an interview with program chief, Murray Dietsch, where the Land Rover boss implied that an SVR version of the small SUV would be “prohibitively priced.” However, he hasn’t completely ruled out the option of high-performance “home-brand” versions of the Disco Sport.
There are no official details to discuss in regards to this possible upcoming model, but there is some speculation to be done. Here in the U.S., both the Discovery Sport and the Evoque utilize the same 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that churns out 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, but there was a new 285-horsepower engine introduced for the Evoque Autobiography Dynamic at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show.
Could it possibly be that this 285-horsepower engine may be used in the Disco sport to give it a rival higher-spec X3 and X4 models? Sure, this 285-horsepower engine wouldn’t hold a candle to the upcoming X3 M or X4 M, but it could, however, give the Discovery Sport a crack at battling the 300-horsepower3 35i versions of the X siblings.
Another powertrain option, as outlined by Motoring.co.au, includes a rumored 295-plus-horsepower, turbocharged, Ingenium engine. This would put the Discovery directly in the wheelhouse of the X3 and X4 35i, but it would still fall sorely short of an M version of either Bimmer SUV.
Additionally, there is more to the word “high-performance” than just power. Land Rover could also retune the Discovery Sport’s chassis to handle significantly better on top of the added power.
Only time will tell whether or not a high-performance Discovery Sport will actually make it to production. Regardless of the outcome, the fact that this will be a “home-brand” vehicle leads me to believe that we have no chance of seeing it here in the U.S.; at least not in the near future.