Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Land Rover Discovery SVX is an extreme 518bhp off-roader

Land Rover Discovery SVX is an extreme 518bhp off-roader

Technical highlights on the Discovery SVX include, for the first time, a Hydraulic Active Roll Control system, which increases the articulation of the wheels to extend traction off-road, while at the same time reducing body roll when cornering on the road.

Offered exclusively with Jaguar Land Rover's 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine, the Discovery SVX packs 518bhp and 461lb/ft of torque and features a series of modifications to set it apart from the standard vehicle. The boost in ground clearance has been achieved by increasing the length of the air suspension and fitting larger-diameter all-terrain tyres on 20-inch forged alloy wheels.

The SVX, which was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show today, is billed as the ultimate all-terrain Land Rover Discovery.

Aside from the mechanical stuff, the SVX also gets unique front and rear bumper bars, protective skid plates underneath, Rush Orange recovery points, and an anti-glare bonnet.

While it's the SVX that's piqued our interest Land Rover also announced a new Discovery at Frankfurt show, an Ingenium 2-litre petrol-engined model.

Gusty winds and rain increasing through the day
Nevertheless, it means some cloudier intervals over that four day stretch, with a few scattered showers from time to time. But, it will likely only be in the form of light rain and wind gusts that probably won't make it to 30 miles per hour .

Additionally the SVX has improved approach and departure angles thanks to a raised monocoque and air suspension all round with long-travel dampers. Australian deliveries are scheduled to commence from the third quarter of 2018, Land Rover confirms.

Complicated software like 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) all mean even the most basic driver can stay upright. The integrated winch will likely be used to recover other, lesser vehicles than to extricate the Discovery SVX itself, but it's rated way beyond the Land Rover's weight nevertheless. The rotary controller for the transmission has been replaced with a new "Pistol Shifter" to allow for more precise control of gears during off-roading. Inside, there's special SVX branding and new colour and trim options.

Unique side vents with V8 badging, a black grille, black roof rails and two additional roof-mounted lights complete the SVX transformation. 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.

Every Discovery will get a 10-inch display with the Touch Pro infotainment system and SE models and above will benefit from a faster 4G wi-fi connection that up to eight devices can connect to. 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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