Disco SVX kicks off ex­treme SUV range

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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

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