Jaguar Land Rover Showcases SVO Vehicle Lineup at L.A. Auto Show

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Jaguar Land Rover SVO at 2017 L.A. Auto Show

High-performance Jaguar and Land Rover models from all three divisions of JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations unit (SVAutobiography, SVX, and SVR) come together for the first time on North American soil.

The L.A. Auto Show is the last big auto show of 2017. Jaguar Land Rover and its SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) division are pulling out all the stops and ending the year with a bang.

In addition to vehicles from its regular portfolio, JLR showed off its SVO-engineered high-performance cars and SUVs the night before the start of the L.A. Auto Show with a special preview in downtown Los Angeles. For the first time in North America, models from SVO’s SVAutobiography, SVX, and SVR lines shared the same space. They were also used as photo backdrops for model David Gandy and Carpool Karaoke star and late night TV host James Corden. Now those vehicles are on display for everyone to see at the show itself.

SVO brought a 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography as an example of what SVAutobiography models represent: ultimate luxury. The long-wheelbase Range Rover features nearly four feet of rear legroom, reclining and massaging back seats, and rear doors that close with the push of a button. A refrigerated drink compartment, and a 557-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8 are also included.

ALSO SEE: 2018 Land Rover SVAutobiography Details Revealed!

SVR models are all about high performance, whether that’s on or off the road. The restyled, 575-horsepower 2018 Range Rover Sport SVR and 2018 Jaguar F-TYPE SVR are on display as embodiments of that focus. Of course, no showcase of modern super Jags would be complete without the blisteringly fast XE SV Project 8, so JLR made sure to give it some room, as well.

SVO’s SVX division is dedicated to extreme capability. For the first model to wear the badge, SVO picked the Discovery, an already impressive performer in the rough. The Discovery SVX takes the base vehicle’s capabilities to the next level with more aggressive tires, greater wheel articulation, auxiliary lighting, a winch, and increased power. That’s 518 hp and 461 lb-ft, to be exact, from a supercharged 5.0-liter V8.

If you can’t make it to the big show, don’t worry. We’ll be sharing plenty of photos from it with you soon.

Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He’s also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.


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