Since their re-launch in 2014, Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division have become synonymous with power, performance and luxury. After already creating incredible cars such as the outrageous Range Rover SVR and the audacious Jaguar F-Type SVR, SVO have now turned their eye to the Land Rover Discovery. Unveiled for the first time at this year’s Frankfurt International Auto Show, this latest addition to the Discovery family has been named Discovery SVX.
Unlike Range Rover SVR, which was famed for its ability to be a practical, luxurious, SUV but still be one of the fastest cars at a track day, the all-new Discovery SVX is being hailed as the ‘ultimate all-terrain Discovery’. The epitome of all the off-road capabilities for which Land Rover have become legendary, Discovery SVX adds extreme power and unique styling to become a truly sensational SUV.
Speaking of Special Vehicle Operations and Discovery SVX, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, John Edwards said:
"SVO designers and engineers are embedded within the Land Rover team and have unleashed their own passion for adventure to create another truly desirable and versatile vehicle in the Land Rover line-up."
As is expected from a Special Vehicle Operations project, Discovery SVX has undergone an array of treatments when it comes to power and performance. Offered exclusively with Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0-litre Supercharged V8, this all-new SVO Land Rover produces 525PS peak power and 625nm of torque. Fed through an eight-speed automatic transmission with twin-speed transfer box, the result is a car that is not only incredibly fast but one that is also supremely torquey – ideal for all-terrain use.
Of course, there is more to Discovery SVX than just extreme power; a host of functional alterations have been made to enhance driver confidence when tackling even the toughest terrain. Leading these changes, a number of modifications have been carried out on the suspension.
Utilising a four-corner air suspension system, SVO have employed long-travel dampers and revised knuckles to improve handling and to accommodate larger 815mm diameter Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tyres and forged aluminium alloy wheels.
Discovery SVX also sees the model debut of the Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC) system that simultaneously increases wheel articulation and reduces body roll. As a result, Discovery SVX has increased off-road traction whilst being smoother and more stable during on-road driving. SVO have also applied active centre and electronic rear locking differentials to assist the increased traction even further.
In addition to these mechanical changes, a number of software changes complete the performance upgrade that Discovery SVX has undergone. These software updates are unique to this latest project’s transmission and the Discovery Dynamics Systems, optimising everything from Terrain Response 2 to All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC). Allowing peak control over the range of off-road settings, Discovery SVX features a ‘Pistol Shifter’ rather than the usual Drive Select rotary shifter that we have seen in previous Land Rovers.
As we’ve witnessed from past SVO projects, the exterior and interior have also undergone a slight makeover. In the case of the Discovery SVX, the exterior aesthetic has been designed to reflect iconic Discovery off-road challenge vehicles - such as those used for the Camel Trophy and G4 Challenge events.
This means that added robustness can be found through unique front and rear bumpers; each featuring protective skid plates and exposed metal recovery eyes that have been finished in Rush Orange. The aforementioned Rush Orange features have been complimented by an exclusive satin Tectonic Grey paint finish.
Whilst the cabin remains reminiscent of the fantastic Discovery, the car maintains the special feeling and drama through the use of SVX branded seats that have been finished in Lunar and Light Oyster with Rush Orange accents and various additional SVX details throughout.
The first Discovery SVX made its world debut on the Jaguar Land Rover stage at this year’s Frankfurt IAA, complementing the announcement of a new Ingenium 2.0-litre petrol engine that has joined the Discovery range. What do you think of this latest project from Special Vehicle Operations? Let us know on Facebook.