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Land Rover gets rough and ready in Frankfurt with Discovery SVX

Land Rover’s engineers got pretty serious about this third in a trifecta of machines to be produced in limited numbers at its Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre
Land Rover’s engineers got pretty serious about this third in a trifecta of machines to be produced in limited numbers at its Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre
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The production preview model on display at IAA features unique bumpers and skid plates and orange highlights, such as the Rush Orange-finished metal bezels around the tow pin access points
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The production preview model on display at IAA features unique bumpers and skid plates and orange highlights, such as the Rush Orange-finished metal bezels around the tow pin access points
The hardware upgrades for the Land Rover Discovery SVX meant that software had to be upgraded as well
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The hardware upgrades for the Land Rover Discovery SVX meant that software had to be upgraded as well
The Discovery SVX uses Land Rover’s 5.0-liter supercharged V8 gasoline engine, which outputs 525 PS (518 horsepower, 386 kW) and 625 Nm (461 lb-ft) of torque
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The Discovery SVX uses Land Rover’s 5.0-liter supercharged V8 gasoline engine, which outputs 525 PS (518 horsepower, 386 kW) and 625 Nm (461 lb-ft) of torque
The Discovery SVX is specially outfitted and engineered to be an extreme off-road-capable machine that retains Land Rover’s luxury status
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The Discovery SVX is specially outfitted and engineered to be an extreme off-road-capable machine that retains Land Rover’s luxury status
The Narvvik Black grille on the Land Rover Discovery SVX matches the Narvik Black side vents with V8 badges, denoting this special edition
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The Narvvik Black grille on the Land Rover Discovery SVX matches the Narvik Black side vents with V8 badges, denoting this special edition
The unique looks of the Land Rover Discovery SVX were inspired by Land Rover’s legendary forays in the Camel Trophy and G4 Challenge
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The unique looks of the Land Rover Discovery SVX were inspired by Land Rover’s legendary forays in the Camel Trophy and G4 Challenge
The architecture of the Land Rover Discovery SVX has been raised all around to improve both approach and departure angles as well as clearance height
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The architecture of the Land Rover Discovery SVX has been raised all around to improve both approach and departure angles as well as clearance height
Calibrations for the shift patterns of the transmission, dynamic systems like hill descent and traction control, stability control, and the variable-ratio electric power-assist steering were all redone for the Discovery SVX
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Calibrations for the shift patterns of the transmission, dynamic systems like hill descent and traction control, stability control, and the variable-ratio electric power-assist steering were all redone for the Discovery SVX
SVX logos adorn the Land Rover Discovery SVX, a special edition to be produced by Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations division.
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SVX logos adorn the Land Rover Discovery SVX, a special edition to be produced by Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations division.
The Land Rover Discovery SVX includes an integrated winch in the rear bumper which allows extreme off-roading
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The Land Rover Discovery SVX includes an integrated winch in the rear bumper which allows extreme off-roading
Land Rover’s engineers got pretty serious about this third in a trifecta of machines to be produced in limited numbers at its Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre
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Land Rover’s engineers got pretty serious about this third in a trifecta of machines to be produced in limited numbers at its Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre
The interior of the Land Rover Discovery SVX model has unique colors and details to set it apart from other Discovery models
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The interior of the Land Rover Discovery SVX model has unique colors and details to set it apart from other Discovery models
Recalibrations and hardware upgrades changed how the Terrain Response 2 system in the Discovery SVX’s four-wheel drive controls are managed
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Recalibrations and hardware upgrades changed how the Terrain Response 2 system in the Discovery SVX’s four-wheel drive controls are managed
A specially-calibrated eight-speed automatic transmission with an integrated transfer box is also added, including a new pistol-grip-style shift stick in place of the usual rotary knob found in most Discovery models
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A specially-calibrated eight-speed automatic transmission with an integrated transfer box is also added, including a new pistol-grip-style shift stick in place of the usual rotary knob found in most Discovery models
The Land Rover Discovery SVX is the third vehicle to come out of the Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations garage since it was introduced as a new division for the British automaker
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The Land Rover Discovery SVX is the third vehicle to come out of the Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations garage since it was introduced as a new division for the British automaker
The raised structural height meant that more robust tires could be added as well, so the Discovery SVX rides on 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires that clad forged aluminum alloy wheels
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The raised structural height meant that more robust tires could be added as well, so the Discovery SVX rides on 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires that clad forged aluminum alloy wheels

Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), the Land Rover Discovery SVX is the first Land Rover that will be built at the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division's new Technical Centre. The vehicle is specially outfitted and engineered to be an extreme off-road-capable machine that lives up to Land Rover's luxury status.

The production preview model on display at IAA features unique bumpers, skid plates and orange highlights, such as the Rush Orange-finished metal bezels around the tow pin access points. An anti-glare bonnet finish and integrated, rear-mounted winch are also added exterior touches, as are the exclusive Tectonic Grey paint and SVX logos. Narvik Black side vents with V8 badges, a Narvik Black grille to match, roof rails, and an integrated light pod across the top of the windscreen finish the exterior's unique look.

Those looks, inspired by Land Rover's legendary forays in the Camel Trophy and G4 Challenge, are made to give the Discovery SVX a unique identity. Yet they aren't the only thing setting this new, hand-built version of the Land Rover apart from other Discovery models on the lot.

The production preview model on display at IAA features unique bumpers and skid plates and orange highlights, such as the Rush Orange-finished metal bezels around the tow pin access points
The production preview model on display at IAA features unique bumpers and skid plates and orange highlights, such as the Rush Orange-finished metal bezels around the tow pin access points

Land Rover's engineers got pretty serious about this third in a trifecta of Land Rover machines to be produced in limited numbers at its Special Vehicle Operations center that opened last year. As the only Land Rover model in the trio – the other two being the Range Rover Sport SVR and the Range Rover SVAutobiography – the extreme off-road capability of the Discovery SVX had to be real.

The vehicle is based on the current-generation Discovery, which debuted in 2016 as the fifth-generation of the sport utility. The Discovery SVX uses Land Rover's 5.0-liter supercharged V8 gasoline engine, which outputs 525 PS (518 horsepower, 386 kW) and 625 Nm (461 lb-ft) of torque. A specially-calibrated eight-speed automatic transmission with an integrated transfer box is also added, including a new pistol-grip-style shift stick in place of the usual rotary knob found in most Discovery models. Active center and rear electronic locking differentials are also incorporated into the Discovery SVX.

The huge engine and robust transmission ride inside the Discovery's aluminum monocoque architecture that has been raised to improve departure and breakover angles. This raising of the frame and bodywork meant adding more robust long-travel dampers and revised steering knuckles, as well as a revised four-corner air suspension system. The raised structural height meant that more robust tires could be added as well, so the Discovery SVX rides on 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires that clad forged aluminum alloy wheels. The taller tires offer more aggressive tread and better performance in extreme off-road conditions.

The Land Rover Discovery SVX includes an integrated winch in the rear bumper which allows extreme off-roading
The Land Rover Discovery SVX includes an integrated winch in the rear bumper which allows extreme off-roading

The hardware upgrades meant that software had to be upgraded as well. A new Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC) system has been added, which gives increased wheel articulation and improved body control off the road and reduced body roll when on it.

Calibrations for the shift patterns of the transmission, dynamic systems like hill descent and traction control, stability control, and the variable-ratio electric power-assist steering were all redone for the Discovery SVX and its equipment changes. These calibrations also changed how the Terrain Response 2 system in the SVX's four-wheel drive controls are managed.

Land Rover is displaying the Discovery SVX at IAA this week and production is set to begin in 2018. Land Rover has not yet set pricing or expected availability for the new vehicle.

The video below provides a look at the vehicle being put through its paces.

Source: Land Rover

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1 comment
Madlyb
This still isn't a real Disco...they killed the real Disco.