518bhp Land Rover Discovery SVX 13 | 09 | 2017

    LAND ROVER HAS unveiled what is likely to be the first Discovery to nudge over the £100,000 mark: the new SVX. And if you think it’s nothing more than a kerbside poser, think again. Just watch our stunning video.

    Designed to sit alongside the high-performance SVR and luxury-oriented SVAutobiography editions, the Discovery SVX gets a retuned version of Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine. (Related: Range Rover confirms plug-in hybrid)

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    Mated to a reprogrammed version of the JLR’s ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission, it delivers 518bhp and 625Nm of torque.

    The SVX also pays tribute to the earlier generation extreme Camel Trophy offloading Discovery model with a roof-mounted light pod. Perfect for providing greater illumination on and off remote, unlit roads.

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    The new model — unveiled in Frankfurt — also benefits from exposed recovery eyes that can each cope with a weight of six tonnes, skidplates, bespoke front and rear bumpers, a unique satin-grey paint finish, nd a black finish on the side vents, front grille and roof rails.

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    Hand-built at SVO’s technical centre in Coventry, production is scheduled to start in the first half of 2018. And though Land Rover has yet to confirm a price, you can place your order now at Land Rover’s Scottish dealers. Expect also to be ready to pay close to £100k.

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    Significant tweaks have been made to the SVX’s chassis, including a new active anti-roll bar set-up, called Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC). Designed to improve wheel articulation to maximise traction on poor surfaces, Land Rover also claims it will reduce body roll in normal conditions too.

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    Raised ride height, long-travel dampers and new suspension knuckles means the SVX also features improved approach, departure and breakover angles. It’s also fitted with 815mm-diameter, 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler tyres which feature a more open tread pattern to help cut through mud and find grip. The chassis tweaks are completed with an active centre and electronic rear locking differentials.

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    Inside the SVX, the primary change is the use of a conventional gear shifter instead of the Discovery’s usual rotary controller. But there is an additional air of luxury, thanks to bespoke seats that feature ‘X’ motifs in the stitching.

    (Related: JLR to electrify model range by 2020)

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    Jim McGill

     

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