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The cameraphone never lies: reader spies Range Rover Sport Coupe on M40

Published: 07 December 2016 Updated: 07 December 2016

► Reader Frank Millward plays scoopster
► Spies new Range Rover Sport Coupe
► This one’s a 3.0-litre diesel V6

It’s amazing what you’ll spot on the motorway networks around the bustling west Midlands; as local company Jaguar Land Rover continues to invest in new product, it can be a ripe hunting ground for wannabe Hans G Lehmanns.

One regular has proved the point by catching this Range Rover prototype they’ve nicknamed ‘Velar’ on the M40. 

Velar? What on earth is that!

That’s the internal, informal codename for the upcoming Range Rover Sport Coupe, a kind of more slammed, more sporting Sport aimed to gobbling sales from the likes of the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.

It references the codename for the original Spen King-era ‘Velar’ three-door Range Rover.

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We expect it to be launched later in 2017/early 2018 and it’ll be built upon the aluminium underpinnings of the Jaguar F-Pace range. Which explains why this car is registered as a 3.0-litre diesel (it’s unknown whether it’s the old V6 or new inline unit).

CAR's earlier scoop of the Range Rover Sport Coupe

‘It looked very sporty,’ Frank tells us. ‘As the car I was travelling in approached it, I thought it might be a new Jaguar SUV until I saw the shape of the mirrors.’

The picture above is CAR’s earlier scoop of the Range Coupe.

What does the Range Rover Sport Coupe look like in the metal?

Over to Frank. ‘I’m personally not a fan of the BMW X6, but can see the appeal of something that isn’t quite the full-fat Range Rover Sport, but offers a more dynamic flavour. 

‘Land Rover doesn’t seem to have had to compromise on off-road ability for any of its sportier offerings yet – I just hope it never does.’

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By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, car news magnet, crafter of words