Dirt roads, brace yourselves for the Land Rover Discovery SVX. The first modern day Land Rover to wear the famed SVX badge from Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations.
The ultimate off-terrain Discovery, unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show, joins the select few Jaguar Land Rover models with the SVO treatment; they include the Range Rover Sport SVR, SVAutobiography Dynamiac, Jaguar F-TYPE SVR and Jaguar XE SV Project 8.
The SVR denotes on-road performance, while the SVX takes it into serious all-terrain territory. The last SVX model was the 2008 Defender SVX.
So what does that special badging mean?
First and foremost, the Discovery carries a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 for the first time. The engine delivers 518-horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque.
So far no 0-60 mph numbers, but we are seeing some really cool product demonstration videos of just what makes it the ultimate off roading machine.
Accommodating the engine is a higher body with four-corner air suspension with long-travel dampers and retuned knuckles. The tire side walls are larger to fit the bigger Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires on aluminum alloy wheels.
Other handling upgrades on the SVX are the active center and electronic rear locking differential, a special Terrain Response 2 system, and Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC). H-ARC is new for the Discovery. It increases the minute responsiveness of the wheels for more control over the large body making it harder to roll.
The SVX will begin being hand-assembled in the UK next year. Production takes place at the SVO Technical Center and the Discovery SVX is the first Land Rover to be built there. More info should come out then when the model is closer to arriving on the market.
In the meantime, Land Rover is showing off the “production preview” at the Frankfurt Autoshow and it’s really cool looking. Land Rover adds special visual elements like special front and rear bumpers, skid plates, and Rush Orange accenting. The grille is in Narvik Black, the roof rails go silver, and there are two roof mounted light strips. The exterior is done in Tectonic Grey.
Cabin touches include the Lunar and Light Oyster with Rush Orange accenting color scheme. The seats are perforated with an X logo design and show SVX-branding.
“The Discovery SVX reinforces Land Rover’s unrivaled reputation for building vehicles with true all-terrain capability for customers who desire the ultimate in off-road performance,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer.
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