If the current run of already luxurious Land Rovers don’t make enough of a statement, then drivers can count on Project Kahn to take the British luxury off-roaders and customize them to a level of never before seen dynamism.
The latest vehicle to get the Kahn transformation treatment, the 2014 Range Rover Evoque, tries instead to go the stealth route, which probably would’ve worked if the nose-to-tail mods didn’t make it look downright mean. Its front fascia gets a 3D grille with matte black mesh inserts and new LED daytime running lamps.
Around the back, there’s a new roof spoiler, re-crafted carbon fiber tail end, and a matte black diffuser. Piano black door handles and mirrors round out the finer touches, all of which compliment the Volcanic Grey Satin exterior.
Within the cabin lies more touches like red gauges and aluminum pedals continue the stern, almost military motif, but a diamond-encrusted gear selector and Nappa leather upholstery brings things back to a luxury focus to remind you that this stern looking urban SUV isn’t meant for the rough stuff.
The fact that the Project Kahn-modified Evoque has more bark than bite is supported by the fact that no performance alterations were made to the 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that’s beneath the hood (or bonnet, in this case). It still produces the same 187 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque.
The vehicle retains the terrain response system that the standard Range Rover has available to automatically adjust traction control and torque output for the different terrains drivers may cross. But let’s be honest: these gunmetal 22-inch wheels aren’t touching anything that isn’t asphalt, and probably won’t be out much in the rain on purpose, either.