Land Rover Discovery gets hardcore SVX off-roader

Land Rover Discovery SVX: A Supercharged V8 Off-Road Monster

Land Rover Discovery SVX: A Supercharged V8 Off-Road Monster

Additionally the SVX has improved approach and departure angles thanks to a raised monocoque and air suspension all round with long-travel dampers.

On the SVX the other big news mechanically is hydraulic roll control, which promises the extreme wheel articulation required for off-road performance without compromising on-road driving dynamics and a decent level of body control.

Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations facility has, to date, focussed on the "Sport" side of Land Rover's premium Sport Utility remit, with the Range Rover Sport SVR and Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic being fast and loud cases in point.

As well as the supercharged V8 Land Rover has updated the Discovery's underpinnings and updated its looks with a number of bespoke SVX additions.

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Complicated software like Hill Descent Control, Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Adaptive Dynamics, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) and variable ratio Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) all mean even the most basic driver can stay upright.

The sole engine offered in the Discovery SVX is a 518bhp, 461lb ft version of JLR's 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8.

The vehicle features exposed towing eyes, each of which can recover more than six tonnes, and an electric integrated winch mounted at the rear. The paint is an exclusive Tectonic Grey finish, and two light pods sit on the roof for extra night-time illumination. The twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder engine offers 296bhp and 295lb ft with Carbon dioxide emissions of 222g/km and at the same time Land Rover also announced a new range of interactive displays and greater digital connectivity.

John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations managing director, said: "SVO designers and engineers are embedded within the Land Rover team and have unleashed their own passion for adventure to create another truly desirable and versatile vehicle in the Land Rover line-up".

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Inside, there's a new 12.3in TFT interactive instrument cluster, which is standard
on HSE and HSE Luxury models.

Other changes to the Discovery range announced at Frankfurt included enhanced digital connectivity with the introduction of 4G Wi-Fi on SE derivatives and above, providing superior connection speeds for up to eight mobile devices on the move. Another option
is an air purification system to improve the outside air entering the cabin and passing through the air-con unit.

Since going on sale in April the new Discovery - which is built at the Land Rover factory in Solihull - has already notched up nearly 20,000 sales. Each one will be hand-assembled at the SVO Technical Centre.

Production is due to start next year.

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