Land Rover has revealed the latest vehicle to come out of its Special Vehicle Operations department – the Discovery SVX.
The SVX, which was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show today, is billed as the ultimate all-terrain Land Rover Discovery. 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.
Land Rover has increased the SVX’s ground clearance compared with the regular Discovery, and has also fitted large-diameter all-terrain tyres. There’s a tuned version of the manufacturer’s Terrain Response 2 system, Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC) and even a rear-mounted winch.
The H-ARC system provides the off-roader with greater wheel articulation and body control, ultimately improving off-road traction and reducing body roll for better on-road performance.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover chief design officer, said: “The combination of design excellence and engineering integrity inherent in every Land Rover is the foundation of everything we do.
“The Discovery SVX reinforces Land Rover’s unrivalled reputation for building vehicles with true all-terrain capability for customers who desire the ultimate in off-road performance.”
Also joining the Discovery model line-up is Jaguar Land Rover’s 296bhp four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine, which produces 400Nm of torque, and boasts CO2 emissions of 222g/km.
The 2.0-litre engine is available on Discovery S, SE, HSE and HSE Luxury models.
Jeremy Hicks, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: “The new Discovery SVX embodies the ultimate in adventure and capability of the Discovery family.
“Customers love the Discovery’s versatility and capability, and we are delighted to offer UK customers even more choice with the addition of the Si4 300hp engine.”