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SVX ultimate adventurer: Land Rover Discovery gains V8 power

2017-09-12 10:05

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Germany - Sitting alongside its SVR and SVAutobiography siblings, the SVX joins Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) portfolio. 

The Land Rover Discovery SVX builds on the legendary all-terrain capability of the automaker, offered exclusively with Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol

The engine is tuned to deliver 385kW peak power and 625Nm torque. To accommodate the increase in power, the Discovery SVX sports a number of  suspension tweaks.

Improved control

A model-first for Discovery is the Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC) system, which, according to Land Rover, provides "increased wheel articulation and improved body control to enhance extreme off-road traction while also reducing body roll for smooth on-road driving."

The SVX features 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. 

Discovery SVX is also equipped with active centre and electronic rear locking differentials that incorporates traction control. 

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Complementing these hardware upgrades are software calibrations for the eight-speed automatic transmission with twin-speed transfer box, and Discovery’s dynamics systems including optimised Terrain Response 2.

The Discovery SVX also features a model-first Pistol Shifter in place of the Drive select rotary shifter to offer the driver better control of gear selection in off-road manoeuvres.

The SVX production preview features unique front and rear bumpers with protective skid plates and exposed orange metal recovery ports - each rated to enable recovery of more than six tonnes, an anti-glare bonnet finish and an integrated rear-mounted electric winch system.

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