The new Range Rover Velar is, by all accounts, a rather handsome SUV. Easily one of the best-looking on the market. But the folks at Aspire Design of London evidently see it merely as a solid starting point, and have come out with a range of enhancements for Land Rover’s latest.
Described as “the first wide body Velar program on the market” (apparently pre-dating Startech‘s), Aspire’s body kit includes extended wheel arches to give it a wider stance. But it also encompasses lower side sills, a new front bumper, rear bumper with diffuser, a custom front grille and two rear spoilers, one on the trailing edge of the roof and one below the glass on the tailgate.
Aspire also has a quad-tipped exhaust on offer that promises to make the diesel engine sound like a turbocharged gasoline V8. It has an array of wheel options available, ranging all the way up to 24 inches in diameter and it offers a full range of interior upgrades as well, with carbon fiber and leather to improve what’s already one of the nicest cabin spaces in the business.
Positioned in between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, the Velar launched last summer and id based on the same architecture that underpins sister-brand Jaguar’s F-Pace crossover. It’s available with a choice of JLR’s Ingenium engines, and a top-of-the-line 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that delivers 380 metric horsepower (280 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque.
What we’re particularly looking forward to, though, is the launch of an SVR performance version with the company’s sweet 5.0-liter supercharged V8. Considering what the larger Range Rover Sport SVR (and F-Pace SVR) have been able to do with that same engine, the inevitable Velar SVR ought to provide an unbeatable package. In the meantime, Aspire’s modifications at least give it an extra dose of visual aggression.