Land Rover Discovery SVX debuts with supercharged V8

12 September, 2017, 09:25 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Land Rover Discovery SVX

But where those are extreme for the road and track (hey, that's our name!), this one is meant to be the ultimate truck off-road. Power comes from a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine that develops 518bhp and 625Nm of torque, while a number of suspension modifications help to enhance driver confidence on tricky off-road terrain.

The Discovery SVX has greater approach, departure and breakover angles - achieved by raising its lightweight aluminium monocoque body and four-corner air suspension system, employing long-travel dampers and revised knuckles, and fitting larger 815mm diameter 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tyres on forged aluminium alloy wheels.

The SVX also features a model-first "Pistol Shifter" in place of the Discovery's rotary gear selector to offer optimum control in off-road manoeuvres.

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The Discovery SVX has been created by (Land Rover's sister company) Jaguar's Special Vehicle Operations department.

The tyres' increased side-wall height reduces contact pressure and improves performance on soft surfaces which combined with a more aggressive tread pattern, improves grip in muddy conditions. The engine will be paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with a twin-speed transfer box. In order to lend the same character of go-anywhere ability to the SVX, Land Rover designers have drawn inspiration from these vehicles and have given the SVX a more purposeful look. If you're interested, you can register your interest with Land Rover, but prices won't be confirmed until next year.

Other features include an integrated electronic rear winch and tow hooks - finished off in bright orange - which can withstand loads of up to six tonnes.

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SVX has also been given an active centre differential and a locking rear diff, plus software revisions for various systems including Terrain Response 2 and All-Terrain Progress control. There's also a badass light bar on the roof.

Inside you get the same vast and light-drenched cabin as the standard auto, albeit with SVX branded seats and a pistol-style gearlever in place of the standard car's rotary control - all the better for timely shifts in tense off-road scenarios.

Land Rover has also introduced some changes to the standard Discovery range. The 296bhp, 295lb ft 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine, with Carbon dioxide emissions of 222g/km, is now added to the range. A 10.0in touchscreen to display the InControl Touch Pro infotainment is standard, with
4G Wi-Fi now being made available lower down the range as standard on SE models. Another option is an air purification system to improve the outside air entering the cabin and passing through the air-con unit.

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