Land Rover Discovery SVX is a hardcore, V-8-powered off-roader


On the SVX the other big news mechanically is hydraulic roll control, which promises the extreme wheel articulation required for off-road performance without compromising on-road driving dynamics and a decent level of body control.

Offered exclusively with Jaguar Land Rover's 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine, the Discovery SVX packs 518bhp and 461lb/ft of torque and features a series of modifications to set it apart from the standard auto. At each corner of the fettled chassis, you'll find chunky, 815mm diameter Goodyear Wrangler tyres, wrapping fancy new 20-inch forged wheels.

"The SVX product line gives us a fantastic opportunity to deliver the ultimate Land Rover all-terrain capability in a dynamic and distinctive manner, creating a rugged and versatile SUV that the whole family will love: effortless, unstoppable and connected, whatever the terrain."

It's demonstrating this with the Land Rover Discovery SVX concept that debuted on Tuesday at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show.

The Discovery SVX gets a revised suspension with long- travel dampers and revised knuckles, increased ride height and all-round air suspension. The tyres have higher sidewalls that reduce contact pressure and improves performance on a normal road surface, while the aggressive tread pattern improves grip in muddy conditions.

Disco SVX’s transmission is worked via a ’pistol shifter’  Close
Disco SVX’s transmission is worked via a ’pistol shifter’ Close

Discovery has always been a bold testimony of Land Rover's off-road engineering prowess and that has been showcased through multiple off-road challenge vehicles over the years. The Discovery SVX is the first of many models to come that will bear the SVX badge. There's also a proper gear lever instead of the normal rotary dial for better control when off-roading.

Inside you get the same vast and light-drenched cabin as the standard vehicle, albeit with SVX branded seats and a pistol-style gearlever in place of the standard car's rotary control - all the better for timely shifts in tense off-road scenarios. There's also black roof fails and a roof-mounted light pod housing two bright LED spot lamps.

Other changes to the Discovery range announced at Frankfurt included enhanced digital connectivity with the introduction of 4G Wi-Fi on SE derivatives and above, providing superior connection speeds for up to eight mobile devices on the move.

The latest addition to the Discovery range is fitted with a 12.3-inch TFT multi-mode instrument panel and Land Rover's Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-inch touchscreen interface on the centre console. Another option is an air purification system to improve the outside air entering the cabin and passing through the air-con unit.