Land Rover Discovery SVX heads revised Discovery line-up

Land Rover Discovery SVX: A Supercharged V8 Off-Road Monster

So far, SVO's work has focused on making high- performance and more luxurious versions of JLR models, badged SVR and SV Autobiography respectively. Snorkels and huge circular spotlights made famous on the likes of old Camel Trophy Land Rovers are out, and in come more subtle design touches, including strips of LED lights on the roof, chunkier off-road tyres and new front and rear bumpers with skid plates.

Land Rover will give the tough SUV a proper public unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show this week. With the improved ground clearance, Land Rover has installed 20-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 275/55R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires, specifically for the SVX. It has better approach, breakover, and departure angles thanks to raising the monocoque and air suspension, along with long-travel dampers.

Active centre and electronic rear locking differentials are carried over from the standard model and work with the traction control system.

To go with its new-found extreme terrain ability the SVX also sports a series of interior and exterior upgrades to differentiate it from your common or garden Discovery.

Land Rover insiders say the Discovery's semi-rugged reputation makes it an ideal candidate for the first SVX makeover - not least because earlier generations of the vehicle were used in the extreme Camel Trophy off-roading competitions in the nineties. But where those are extreme for the road and track (hey, that's our name!), this one is meant to be the ultimate truck off-road. This is the first time a V8 has been available in the Mk5 Discovery.

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.

The auto features exposed towing eyes, each of which can recover more than six tonnes, and an electric integrated winch mounted at the rear. There's also a badass light bar on the roof.

John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations managing director, said: "SVO designers and engineers are embedded within the Land Rover team and have unleashed their own passion for adventure to create another truly desirable and versatile vehicle in the Land Rover line-up". Inside, there's special SVX branding and new colour and trim options.

The Discovery also now includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument screen as standard on HSE and HSE Luxury models, and all cars get a 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with 4G wifi connectivity on SE models and above.

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