TESTING ON TRACK: The 2015 Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet is put through its paces at Germany's iconic race track. Image: Automedia
MANNHEIM, Germany - Land Rover showed its Evoque Cabriolet at the Geneva auto show in 2012. Even though it was called a concept car everything looked ready for production and that's because they actually wanted to build one straight away.
With the launch of the Range Rover Sport and the Discovery Sport, Land Rover may have been sidetracked, but the Evoque Cabriolet is back on schedule and may be shown later in 2015
Spy photographers captured a prototype racing at Germany's Nurburgring track.
Yes, it's been fully camouflaged, but we can still make out some cosmetic differences compared to the regular three-door Evoque. For example, the front is bigger and more sculpted because a facelift is being planned. The changes have been designed into the cabrio as well.
Around the back, a spoiler has been added to ensure there's no lift at high speed, like the first-gen Audi TT Roadster had. The boot lid also needed to be redesigned with a smaller opening.
Land Rover has promised the layer will go down in well over 20 seconds and will provide class-leading levels of NVH isolation.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Land Rover Evoque cabriolet
Extra metal needs to be added to the floor and the boot to compensate for the lack of a roof, so the cabriolet will be about 100kg heavier than the tin-topped Evoque.
The latest Ingenium four-cylinder engines will hopefully save the day and stop fuel consumption from increasing as well because the Evoque has been criticised for never being able to match its claimed numbers.