Land Rover Discovery SVX Debuts at Frankfurt Motor Show
Ultimate Discovery has more ground clearance, wheel articulation, hardcore tires, and V8 power.
Earlier this year, Jaguar Forums discovered the all-terrain capabilities of the new Land Rover Discovery. The upcoming SVX version of it is designed to take the Discovery’s off-pavement prowess to the next level.
The Discovery SVX will be hand-assembled by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division and join SVO’s other Land Rover creations, the road-focused Range Rover Sport SVR and Range Rover SVAutobiography, which is the ultimate expression of Range Rover luxury.
To give the Discovery SVX better approach, breakover, and departure angles, SVO gave the aluminum monocoque and air suspension lifts, and added long-travel dampers and different knuckles. They wrapped the 20-inch forged aluminum wheels in 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires to give the Discovery SVX better grip on soft surfaces such as mud. The addition of Hydraulic Active Roll Control increases the SVX’s wheel articulation and reduces body roll, enhancing traction and body control in the rough stuff.
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Engineers combined locking center and rear differentials with a specially tuned version of the Terrain Response 2 system to improve traction on all types of terrain. They performed additional special tuning on other SVX components, including its eight-speed automatic (now with a Pistol Shifter for better control over shift timing during off-road maneuvers), two-speed transfer case, Hill Descent Control, traction control, stability control, All-Terrain Progress Control, and electric power-assisted steering.
The SVX gets upgraded power as well. Instead of a high-output version of the gas or diesel V6 found in the regular Discovery, the SVX comes exclusively with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8. Horsepower shoots up to 518; torque climbs to 461 lb-ft.
All of that enhanced hardware is wrapped in a satin Tectonic Grey body with Narvik Black and Rush Orange accents, including the metal recovery eyes which can recover more than 6.6 tons. A rear-mounted winch is also available for recovery work. Roof-mounted light bars illuminate the trails ahead. Front and rear skid plates protect the SVX’s underside from hazards that those and SVX drivers can’t see.
Production of the Land Rover Discovery SVX begins next year. In the meantime, it’ll be on display at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, September 12-24.