Land Rover Discovery gets hardcore SVX off-roader


On the styling front, the Discovery SVX has new look front and rear bumpers with protective skid plates while the model is finished in an exclusive satin "Tectonic Grey" paint finish picked out with orange accents at the extremities.

Another Discovery first is the addition of Hydraulic Active Roll Control - Land Rover's clever active anti-roll bars.

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

SVX prices will be revealed later this year, with production kicking off in 2018.

To help put this power to the ground the Discovery SVX comes with bespoke 20-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in 275/55 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tyres measuring 32 inches.

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Longer travel dampers have been fitted, as have revised knuckles. It's hooked up to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with a twin-speed transfer box.

The auto manufacturer, for the first time, has equipped the Discovery with tuned Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC) for increased wheel articulation and improved body control, thus, enhances off-road traction while at the same time reduces body roll for comfortable driving.

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". The tyres have higher sidewalls that reduce contact pressure and improves performance on a normal road surface, while the aggressive tread pattern improves grip in muddy conditions. The integrated winch will likely be used to recover other, lesser vehicles than to extricate the Discovery SVX itself, but it's rated way beyond the Land Rover's weight nevertheless.

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 rotary controller for the transmission has been replaced with a new "Pistol Shifter" to allow for more precise control of gears during off-roading.

Land Rover has also made some tweaks to the regular Discovery range. There is now the option of a 300hp/400Nm, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine and a new 12.3-inch TFT interactive instrument cluster (standard on HSE and HSE Luxury models) Lower-sped SE trims get a 10.0-inch touchscreen for the InControl Touch Pro infotainment with 4G Wi-Fi. Another option
is an air purification system to improve the outside air entering the cabin and passing through the air-con unit.