THE LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SVX

A blown V8 and off-road goodies make this unit a special package.

Making some waves at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year is a special-edition Land Rover Discovery. It’s built by the SV (Special Vehicles) Division, and is called the SVX.

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Under the bonnet is a 5.0L supercharged petrol V8, which is also used in the Range Rover Sport SVR and Jaguar F-Type R. In this case, it’s kicking out 386kW and 625Nm. Considering the all-aluminium Discovery weighs not much more than two tonnes, this thing would shift along incredibly well.

 

There’s a rear-mounted winch, and some trick hydraulic controls on the suspension for better balance and articulation. Big tyres, long shocks and revised suspension design make the impressive off-road capability even better, and 275/55 rubber also increases ground clearance. You’re still hamstrung by 20in wheels with this model – but at least there’s a bit more rubber in between wheels and ground.

 

There’s also lots of styling updates on the Discovery SVX, as well as a more traditional gearstick replacing the rotary knob that controls the gearbox. We like the look of the low-profile roof-mounted LED lights, as well as the chunky off-road wheels and big, easily accessed recovery points.  

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