Sightings of the next-generation Land Rover Range Rover have been increasing in frequency, and staffers from Motor Trend were the latest to capture a few prototypes out in the wild.
This time around it appears to be the Range Rover Sport making its rounds through Germany’s famed Nurburgring racetrack. The testers are heavily disguised, but that sharply angled rear hatch you see above proves the Range Rover Sport variant is among them. There’s a chance that one prototype could be a flagship Range Rover, though it’s difficult to confirm from the angle of the photo.
Judging from the photo, the new models look right at home on the track – likely thanks to a body constructed mostly of lightweight aluminum. Land Rover reportedly wants to cut 1000 pounds from the Range Rover’s curb weight. The new SUVs are also expected to get a new 408-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, already being put to use in a few Jaguar models. A 5.0-liter supercharged 510-hp V-8, offered in the current Range Rover, should also carry over for the new model. We should see these test mules shed their camouflage soon, since the 2014 Range Rover is expected to make its world debut at the Paris auto show later this year.
Head over to Motor Trend to see the full set of photos.