A new superfast Range Rover Evoque has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

The sportier souped-up version of the vehicle which helped propel the parent firm’s profits into the stratosphere boasts of delivering a blistering 281 bhp.

The Range Rover Evoque Autobiography Dynamic is the most performance-focused take on the vehicle to date and offers heightened luxury, increased performance and sharper handling. It boasts an electronically limited top speed of 140mph and will complete the 0-62mph sprint in 6.7 seconds.

The new model features a tuned version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine found in the existing Evoque.

It also has a revised chassis and upgraded brakes to maximise driver thrills and its 9-speed ZF automatic transmission has been retuned to produce sportier performance.

The new model also features a world-first in the shape of Land Rover InControlTM Apps, which will enable smartphone apps to be displayed and controlled with their original look and feel from the vehicle’s touchscreen

Owners simply connect their smartphone through a USB port to enable compatible iPhone or Android apps to function.

Murray Dietsch, director of Land Rover programmes, said: “When the Range Rover Evoque was launched, it brought a unique blend of innovative exterior and interior design and exceptional on- and off-road capability to the market. It created the premium compact SUV.

“The introduction of the new range-topping Autobiography Dynamic together with Land Rover InControlTM Apps, take the Range Rover Evoque’s core strengths a step further, bringing increased levels of dynamic ability, desirability, luxury and connectivity to the already successful line-up.”