Range Rover Evoque LPG by Startech

10 Sep 2013 12:00 pm | Cars, Land Rover

I don’t know if I’ve told you this by know, but I’m not a great fan of Range Rover Evoque; I think it’s a chick flick on wheels. But the people at Startech don’t agree, so they’ve come up with the Range Rover Evoque LPG. Why, in the name of God, would they do that? It seems pointless to me.

This special Evoque was developed in close collaboration with Prins. The model actually has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with an auto-gas system that injects LPG into the combustion chambers – nothing unusual, really; people have been using systems like that for years now for ridiculously purposes and with no effect.

But Startech claim the end result of their work is an optimized combustion process, high power and low emissions – namely 240 HP (177 kW), with 15% less CO2 emissions, and fuel costs reduced by 50 percent – I’m sure that a 2 minute calculation will prove that, in the long run, there’s no cost reduction; try it. And, when the 74 liter LPG tank is depleted, the autogas system deactivates to enable the engine to run exclusively on petrol. So, where’s the win situation?

Some people prefer diesel powered engines – like me – and Startech considered that, by offering a PowerXtra SD 22 kit for the Evoque’s 2.2-liter turbo-diesel engine. End result? 215 HP (158 kW) and 460 Nm (339 lb-ft) of torque and a run from 0 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds and hit a top speed in excess of 200 km/h (124 mph). Sounds interesting – the engine, and the engine only! Maybe, mounted on a Vauxhall Corsa would be fun.. or at least interesting to see. Love the Evouqe LPG paint job, though.