Disco SVX kicks off extreme SUV range
THIS is the Land Rover Discovery SVX, the first ‘extreme off-road’ vehicle from the company’s Special Vehicle Operations division and, potentially, the first Discovery to nudge the £100,000 price point.
Revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the SVX is designed to sit alongside the high-performance SVR and luxury-orientated Svautobiography editions. Land Rover insiders say the Discovery’s semi-rugged reputation makes it an ideal candidate for the first SVX makeover.
The Discovery SVX gets a retuned version of JLR’S 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, producing 519bhp and 625Nm of torque, which is linked to a reprogrammed version of the firm’s eight-speed automatic gearbox.
It is the chassis modifications that are likely to offer the biggest gains in off-roading ability, thanks to an active anti-roll bar set-up, called Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC); this is designed to maximise traction on poor surfaces. The SVX also has improved approach, departure and breakover angles, thanks to raised ride height, long-travel dampers and new suspension knuckles. It also gets 20-inch Wrangler tyres.
EXTREME Discovery SVX has a supercharged V8 engine with 519bhp on tap going through an eight-speed box to live up to its ‘extreme’ branding