First Look — Land Rover Discovery SVX Makes Official Debut in Frankfurt
525hp Supercharged V-8 Makes Its Debut in Special Vehicle Operations Disco
The “ultimate all-terrain Land Rover Discovery” was revealed today, the 2018 SVX. Hand-built by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations team (the same folks behind the hyper-luxurious Range Rover SVAutobiography), the Discovery SVX is the most extreme Land Rover yet, according to the company, owing to its wildly powerful 5.0L supercharged V-8 engine, extensive suspension adjustments, and special software calibrations for even better performance on and off-road.
For the first time, JLR will fit its insane supercharged V-8 to a Land Rover product, and in the Discovery SVX, the mill will produce 525 hp and 461 lb-ft. Those numbers compare well to the Range Rover Supercharged (510 hp and 461 lb-ft) but are slightly down compared to the other JLR Special Vehicle Operations SUV, the Range Rover Sport SVR (550 hp, 502 lb-ft). Still, endowed with the latest generation of the company’s aluminum-intensive architecture, we expect some pretty fleet moves from the Discovery SVX.
Improving stability is Hydraulic Active Roll Control, which increases both wheel articulation in off-road conditions and body control on the highway. Further helping with forward motion are improved approach, breakover, and departure angles, thanks in part to 275/55R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires with an outer diameter of 32 inches. An active center differential and locking rear diff maximize traction mechanically speaking, while an off-road–tuned Terrain Response 2 terrain management system does the deed electronically. Other off-road goodies include hill descent control and All-Terrain Progress Control, a low-speed system that modulates throttle and braking totally automatically.
Cosmetically, the SVX is a totally different flavor of the Land Rover Discovery recipe, eschewing the standard model’s posh trimmings for aggressive styling cues. Unique front and rear bumpers, protective skidplates, and Rush Orange-painted recovery eyes immediately set the SVX apart, as does an anti-reflective hood decal and rear-mounted electric winch. Color-accented wheels, side vents, and bumpers add a little visual aggression, coordinating well with the SUV’s satin-finish Tectonic Grey paint (featuring extremely subtle X logos). A roof-mounted light pod helps improve visibility off-road.
Land Rover’s Lunar grey and Light Oyster tan upholstery choices make an appearance inside, with SVX-branded seats sporting X-shaped perforations in the leather. Rush Orange stitching helps tie the interior styling in with the exterior, and Land Rover did away with the standard Discovery’s rotary-dial shifter for a more aggressive pistol-grip gear selector. Sleek aluminum trim inside gives the Disco X a very technological feel.
Land Rover admits the Discovery SVX on display in Frankfurt is more of a preview than a full-fledged showroom special, but we doubt much on this SUV will change on the road to production. We’d expect the winch to become a factory accessory if anything, and some of the orange accents might get toned down, but otherwise, expect this thinly veiled concept car to be largely the same as what will be handbuilt by Special Vehicle Operations starting next year. Whether the off-roadiest Discovery comes to the U.S. we can’t say, but we sure would love to see a true rough-and-tough competitor for the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk on our roads. If it comes here, don’t expect it before 2019, but it’d be better late than never.
Source: Land Rover