Land Rover quieted all concerns the new Discovery has gone soft when it revealed the new SVX at the Frankfurt Motor Show today. Based on the all-new fifth-generation Discovery, the SVX is aimed at traditional off-road enthusiasts. Boasting a 525-horsepower supercharged V8, lifted body and suspension, and 20-inch off-road tires, the SVX is the first Discovery to be enhanced by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division.
To achieve additional ground clearance, the SVO team first lifted the body on its subframe mounts. The four-corner airs suspension was then modified with long-travel shocks and revised control arm links. Finishing the platform are 32-inch Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires in a 275/55R20 fitment, mounted to unique forged aluminum alloy wheels.
The Discovery SVX introduces Hydraulic Active Roll Control, designed to allow for increased wheel articulation on rough terrain while reducing body roll and harshness on-road. A specially tuned Terrain Response 2 system optimizes off-road traction through the locking center and rear differentials. The standard Drive Select rotary dial for gear selection has been replaced with a more traditional pistol grip lever for better feedback during demanding driving situations. Power for the Discovery SVX will come from a 525-hp version of the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 found in the Range Rover and Rover Sport.
Off-road hardware includes front and rear skid plates , exposed recovery hooks rated for more than six tons, and an integrated electric winch in the rear bumper. A pair of LED light pods sits at the leading edge of the roof for additional visibility in poor conditions; shielding the driver and front passenger from glare is a black-out panel at the back of the hood.
The SVX is shown in satin-finish Tectonic Grey paint. Narvik Black “Dynamic” grille and side vents accent the exterior, which also include silver-finished roof rails. The interior is trimmed in Lunar and Light Oyster leather with Rush Orange accents, and the seats include perforated inserts with an “X” pattern.
Land Rover will begin production of the Discovery SVX in 2018 and they will go on sale as 2019 models, including in North America. Each one will be hand-built at the SVO Technical Center. Pricing has not been announced yet, but given the specification and hand-built nature, this will be a very special vehicle indeed. Interested enthusiasts are encouraged to register at www.landrover.com to receive further information as it becomes available.