Off-road maestro Land Rover is building on its core competencies and has just released a look at what they believe will define their off-road leadership. The Special Vehicles Division has put together a look at an almost production ready version of the Land Rover Discovery and touts it as the “the ultimate Discovery for off-road enthusiasts seeking epic adventures.”
It was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show and in essence is a customised version of the aluminium bodied Discovery kitted out with a range-topping 525PS 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol powertrain that offers 625Nm of torque.
The Discovery SVX gets extra ground clearance, better approach, departure and breakover angles and an air suspension system that gives greater travel. In addition it is fitted out with hydraulic active roll control (H-ARC). The greater airspace under the car is matched by larger wheels – 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wranglers with a diameter of 815mm (32″).
The Discovery SVX will be hand built at the JLR Special Vehicles Operations for production in 2018 and will join the two Range Rover special vehicles – the Range Rover Sport SVR and Range Rover SVAutobiography in the special line-up.
Mark Stanton, SVO Director says, “The SVX product line gives us a fantastic opportunity to deliver the ultimate Land Rover all-terrain capability in a dynamic and distinctive manner, creating a rugged and versatile SUV that the whole family will love: effortless, unstoppable and connected, whatever the terrain. Discovery SVX is designed to reward off-road driving enthusiasts with the next level of all-terrain capability, without compromising comfort and practicality.”
The unique hardware offered on the Discover SVX is matched by equally unique software calibrations for the eight-speed automatic transmission with twin-speed transfer box, and Discovery’s dynamics systems including 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). Discovery SVX also features a model-first Pistol Shifter in place of the Drive select rotary shifter to offer the driver optimum control of gear selection in off-road manoeuvres.