The Land Rover Discovery SVX Is a Brawny Beast That’s Built To Own The Outdoors
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By definition, Land Rovers are exceptional off-roaders, and the Discovery has always upheld its position as a budget rock-busting alternative to the flagship Defender.
But Land Rover figures even the Discovery can be improved, so it has produced the hand-built Discovery SVX, which is packed with the kind of upgrades that are normally the stock-in-trade of aftermarket off-road tuners.
The craftsmen at Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre hand-build each SVX, adding serious off-road hardware like 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires on forged aluminum alloy wheels, and active centre and electronic rear locking differentials.
Meanwhile, the hackers coding in Land Rover’s software department have produced unique software calibrations for the eight-speed automatic transmission with twin-speed transfer box, and for the Discovery’s dynamics systems including Hill Descent Control, Electronic Traction Control, Adaptive Dynamics, Dynamic Stability Control, All-Terrain Progress Control and variable ratio electric power-assisted steering system.
Of course, this Disco also get a power upgrade, with a muscular supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine churning out 518 horsepower and 461 lb.-ft torque for clawing through the messiest situations.
“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,” said Land Rover SVO director Mark Stanton.
“Discovery SVX is designed to reward off-road driving enthusiasts with the next level of all-terrain capability, without compromising comfort and practicality.”
The Discovery SVX marks the latest addition to Land Rover’s rugged SVO portfolio, which already includes the Range Rover Sport SVR and the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic.
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