It was just last month that Land Rover launched the Velar, its all-new model in years. This week, our spy photographer has already spotted a prototype of a more extreme version fettled by the company’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) skunkworks. Seen being tested around the Nürburgring, the SVR version of the Velar sports larger air intakes up front and a diffuser integrated in the rear bumper, along with dual exhausts on either side. Larger discs and brake callipers also point to the increased performance credentials of this Velar variant.

Our snapper says the engine will be shared with sister brand’s F-Pace SVR, which means it will be a version of JLR’s potent 5.0-litre supercharged V8, with an output that could be anywhere between 500 and 575 horsepower. As the tests are now being carried out at one of the most gruelling tracks in the world, the Velar SVR is sure to possess excellent handling dynamics.