Land Rover Discovery gets hardcore SVX off-roaders

An extreme off-road version of the Land Rover Discovery is the latest project by Jaguar Land Rover, the fast-growing Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division. The new Discovery version is the first in a series of models that wear the badge of the SVX.

So far, SVO work has focused on the high performance and luxury versions of JLR models badged SVR and SV autobiography or But with the off-road-focused SVX, name tag, he now has a third product line.

The discovery of the SVX is to enter production next year. His special changes to the standard of the fifth generation, was the discovery, on which it is based, is assembled by hand from SVO to the workers in their tailored Oxford Road plant in Coventry.

The external optimization of the Frankfurt motor show star are discreet and provide for the off-road technology and skills, under the skin. With a snorkel and a giant round spotlights made famous by the likes of the old Camel Trophy Land Rover, and in the more subtle design Details, including a strip of LED lights on the roof, the coarser, off-road tires and the new front and rear bumper with underride protection.

Under the skin, suspension modifications, a long – travel dampers and revised knuckles. The monocoque body shell was increased, as well as the all-round air suspension, the power of the SVX is the approach, departure and breakover angle no better than a standard Discovery.

Chunky all-alloy wheels tires terrain 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler mounted on lightweight forged aluminum. Land Rover claims the tires with an ” extra side wall height and “aggressive” tread pattern, enhance grip on mud and the performance on soft surfaces.

Active center and the electronic rear-axle differentials are taken from the standard model and work with the traction control. A piece of the new tech on the SVX, a Hydraulic Active Roll Control system, the body control and wheel articulation for on-road, improved driving. It is offered in addition to Land Rover’s full suite of off-road chassis technology, including Terrain Response 2 All-Terrain Progress Control systems.

The only engine offered in the discovery SVX a 518bhp, 461lb ft version of JLR’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine. This is the first time, a V8 was in the Mk5 discovery. It is hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission twin speed transfer box. To enable the rotary controller for the transmission will be replaced by a new ‘pistol grip shift lever’ more precise control of gear wheels, the off-road.

The car has exposed towing eyes, each of which can recover more than six tonnes, and an electric built-in winch mounted on the back. There is a new Tectonic Orange paint for the outside area, next to a black grille and roof bars. Inside, there are special SVX branding and new colour and trim options.

Land Rover also has some tweaks to the regular Discovery. The 296bhp, 295lb ft 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with CO2 emissions of 222g/km, is now included in the program.

Inside there is a new 12.3 interactive TFT instrument cluster is standard on HSE and HSE Luxury models. A 10.0 on the touchscreen display of the InControl Touch infotainment as standard, with 4G Wi-Fi now made available further down the range as standard on SE models. A revised head-up display is optional, design in full color on the windshield, including some off-road information. Another option is a air-to-improve-cleaning-system, the outdoor air in the cabin and through the air-con unit.

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