Land Rover Discovery SVX is the first hand-assembled model from the brand at its SVO Technical Centre; production beginning next year
Land Rover revealed the Discovery SVX at the Frankfurt Motor Show first before making its North American debut at the ongoing Los Angeles Auto Show. It is said to be the ultimate Discovery for off-road enthusiasts craving epic adventures. It has added up an extreme all-terrain capability to the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) product range and sits along with the Range Rover Sport SVR and the Range Rover SVAutobiography – a performance-based ultra luxury SUV.
The Discovery SVX is the first Land Rover hand-assembled by expert craftsmen at the SVO Technical Centre in the UK. Its production is set to commence next year and built on the legendary Land Rover all-terrain capability and adventurous spirit. Since the fifth-generation Discovery’s launch in 2016, with lightweight aluminium architecture, it has become one of the most desirable models in the portfolio and its capabilities formed the perfect basis for the SVX.
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With further development on the standard Discovery’s off-road ability, the SVX will be offered with 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol powertrain that delivers 525 PS peak power and 625 Nm torque. Its suspension is modified to enhance driver confidence when tackling toughest terrain. The Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC) gives increased wheel articulation and improved body control by enhancing off-road traction while reducing body roll.
Land Rover has incorporated software calibrations on 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).
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The Land Rover Discovery SVX has the lightweight aluminium monocoque architecture raised for improved approach, departure and breakover angles. The four-corner air suspension system employs long-travel dampers and revised knuckles along with larger 815 mm diameter 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tyres on forged aluminium alloy wheels for enhanced off-roading.
The tyres have higher side-walls to reduce contact pressure and improve performance on soft surfaces and they act with a more aggressive tread pattern for bettering grip in muddy conditions. The SVX is also equipped with active centre and electronic rear locking differentials that works with specially tuned Terrain Response 2 system to optimise traction.
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With the livery inspired from the Camel Trophy and G4 Challenge events, the SVX gains Pistol Shifter in place of the Drive select rotary shifter offers optimum control of gear selection in off-road manoeuvres.
On the outside, it gets Narvik Black side vents with V8 badging, a Narvik Black Dynamic grille, Black roof rails, roof-mounted unit with two additional light pods, front and rear bumpers with protective skid plates, exclusive satin Tectonic Grey paint finish, exposed Rush Orange-finished metal recovery eyes, anti-glare bonnet finish and integrated rear-mounted electric winch system.