These are the first pictures of what is believed to be a prototype version of next year’s Range Rover Sport SVR.

The car looks to have received minor exterior detail changes comprised of slightly enlarged intake vents, suggesting a more potent engine is under the bonnet.

This supports speculation that the 567bhp supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine of the 200mph F-Type SVR will be used, increasing the SVR’s peak output by 25bhp compared with the current model.

That should see the 2.3-ton SVR capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in about 4.5sec, ranking it alongside the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, which has less power but weighs around 70kg less.

Land Rover has so far remained tight-lipped about the car, but insiders are suggesting that its updated model could arrive in early 2017 along with the rest of the facelifted Sport range, one year before the next-generation Cayenne is launched.