Land Rover has revealed an all-new variant of the Discovery for off-road enthusiasts who seek more power and better off-road capability – the Discovery SVX. The recently revealed Discovery SVX at the on-going Frankfurt Motor Show is said to be a preview of what Land Rover says would be the ultimate all-terrain Discovery.
Built by Jaguar-Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), the Discovery SVX is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 which produces 525 PS and 625 Nm of torque which is makes it the most powerful Discovery too. The new engine gives it enough power on the road and enough torque to have it tackle the toughest terrains possible. However, a more powerful engine is not enough to make it a better offroader.
In order to make the Discovery SVX more capable on rough terrain, the SVX has been lifted to increase ground clearance and now uses long-travel dampers, improving approach, departure and breakover angles. With the improved ground clearance, Land Rover has installed 20-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 275/55R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires, specifically for the SVX. Also new on the Discovery SVX is Hydraulic Active Roll Control, which improves wheel articluation to enhance off-road traction.
Exterior wise, the SVX is differentiated from a standard Discovery via its new front and rear bumpers. Staying true to its off-roader theme, Land Rover has added new skid plates at both the front and rear. Rush Orange accents can found throughout the body contrasting the Tectonic Grey paint, both of which are SVX specific. Inside, the same orange accents can also be found on the two-tone leather interior with SVX stitching on the seats.
Production of the 'ulitmate' Discovery SVX is slated to begin in 2018. All SVX models will be hand-assembled by craftsmen from the SVO Technical Center in the UK.