In the Spotlight - Land Rover Discovery SVX {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

20 Oct 2017

The Land Rover Discovery SVX, launched at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, adds extreme all-terrain capability to the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) product range. The SVX will sit alongside the Range Rover Sport SVR and Range Rover SVAutobiography, which are hallmarks for outstanding on-road performance and supreme luxury respectively.

The SVX will be the first Land Rover hand-assembled by expert craftsmen at the SVO Technical Centre in the UK when production begins in 2018 and embodies the design excellence and engineering integrity that are core values of every Land Rover, building on the legendary Land Rover all-terrain capability and adventurous spirit to deliver the ultimate in off-road performance and desirability.

Since its launch in 2016 the fifth-generation Discovery, built on Land Rover's strong, safe and light aluminium architecture, has won admiration as the world's best full-size versatile SUV. That makes it the perfect base for SVO's first SVX vehicle. The SVX takes Discovery versatility to new levels through further development of its formidable off-road ability. It is powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8, tuned to deliver 518bhp and 625Nm torque, along with suspension modifications to enhance driver confidence when tackling the toughest terrain such as Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC). This gives increased wheel articulation and improved body control, enhancing extreme off-road traction while also reducing body roll for smooth and sure-footed on-road driving.

The Discovery SVX has improved approach, departure and breakover angles, achieved by raising both the lightweight aluminium monocoque architecture and the four-corner air suspension system, employing long-travel dampers and revised knuckles, and fitting larger 815mm diameter 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tyres on forged aluminium alloy wheels. Tyres with higher side-walls reduce contact pressure and improve performance on soft surfaces. Combined with a more aggressive tread pattern, this improves grip in muddy conditions. The SVX is also equipped with active centre and electronic rear locking differentials which work with the specially tuned Terrain Response 2 system to optimise traction on all surfaces.

Complementing these hardware upgrades are unique software calibrations for the eight-speed automatic transmission with twin-speed transfer box, and Discovery's dynamics systems including Hill Descent Control, Electronic Traction Control, Adaptive Dynamics, Dynamic Stability Control, All-Terrain Progress Control and variable ratio electric power-assisted steering. The Discovery SVX also features a model-first Pistol Shifter in place of the Drive select rotary shifter to offer the driver optimum control of gear selection in off-road manoeuvres.

To visually reflect the SVX's robustness and off-road ability, Land Rover designers have referenced features of iconic Discovery off-road challenge vehicles, such as those used for Camel Trophy and G4 Challenge events, to give SVX a distinctive, aggressive and purposeful appearance inside and out. It features unique front and rear bumpers with protective skid plates and exposed Rush Orange-finished metal recovery eyes - each rated to enable recovery of more than six tonnes, an anti-glare bonnet finish and an integrated rear-mounted electric winch system. The SVX also stands out through its exclusive satin Tectonic Grey paint finish, a unique colour and material combination of Lunar and Light Oyster with Rush Orange accents inside, and 'X' logo perforations on the SVX-branded seats. A roof-mounted rack unit with two additional light pods for improved low-light visibility completes the transformation.

If you want extreme off-road ability fresh from the factory, combined with plush luxury there really is only one choice – the Discovery SVX. Buy your tickets for this week only right here.

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