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A high-performance variant of the Range Rover Velar has been spotted outside the Nurburgring in Germany.

Although the Velar was given its full debut in March, Jaguar Land Rover’s development team has covered this prototype from head-to-toe in camouflage. From what we can see, this car has altered lower front air intakes and a new exhaust system.

According to the spy photographers the prototype was considerably louder than other models in the existing Velar range, they couldn’t quite figure what type of engine it was running.

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If this indeed the Velar SVR, it will likely feature a version of the company’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8. In the F-Type SVR the motor cranks out 423kW/700Nm, while in the Range Rover Sport SVR it has been tuned to deliver 405kW/680Nm.

Even in a less powerful state, the V8 would be a huge jump above the 280kW/450Nm 3.0-litre supercharged V6 that currently sits atop of the Velar’s petrol drivetrain tree. This motor is capable of propelling the rakishly-styled SUV from 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds.

Alternatively, this prototype could be powered by a more powerful version of that V6 engine.

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Whatever is under the bonnet, it’s likely that this sportier Velar will be sharing it with Jaguar F-Pace R or SVR that was spied in Spain in late February.

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