The Land Rover Discovery SVX lands at Frankfurt as an SVX Concept for an extreme Discovery with 5.0 litre V8 and beefed-up off-road credentials.
The new Land Rover Discovery may not have a reputation as Land Rover’s most able off-roader, but, Defender apart, the last few generations of the Discovery certainly did.
That, no doubt in the absence of a current Defender, is why Land Rover has chosen to deliver its first extreme off-road model in Discovery guise – the Land Rover Discovery SVX.
Revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Discovery SVX isn’t just a more able off-road take on the new Discovery, it’s the first time in quite some time the Discovery, certainly in the UK, has come with a V8 petrol engine.
The SVX gets a re-tuned take on JLR’s 5.0 litre supercharged V8, here with 518bhp and 460lb/ft of torque, as well as a modified version of JLR’s eight-speed automatic gearbox, here with a proper gear lever instead of a rotary knob.
Added off-road chops are ensured by new Active ant-roll bars – which JLR call Hydraulic Active Roll Control – which improves wheel articulation for maximum traction off-road and reduces roll on-road too.
A raised ride height bring improved approach, departure and breakover angles, there’s big, butch 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler tyres for added grip, a rear-mounted winch and active centre and rear locking diffs.
It’s an impressive offering for a more extreme take on they Discovery from Land Rover, although we’d have liked to see a big butch spare wheel bolted on the back to hide the new Disco’s incongruous asymmetrical back end.
Likely to go on sale in early 2018, the Discovery SVX will be built at JLR’s SVO Centre and is likely to cost over £90k.
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