When it comes to driving on roads where no car has laid wheels before, the Range Rover is arguably your best option. It’s this ‘go-anywhere’ attitude that underpins the new Land Rover Discovery SVX.
Based on the new fifth-generation Discovery, the Discovery SVX has been hailed as the most extreme Land Rover yet, which certainly piqued our attention in the Petrol News office.
Land Rover has implemented a ton of changes to make this the ultimate all-terrain Discovery.
Under the bonnet is a five-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine with 517bhp and up to 625Nm of torque. Short of a jetpack, that’s a solid start if you aren’t letting any road tell you ‘no’.
But there have been a whole host of physical modifications, such as increased ground clearance, body and suspension lifts, and more wheel articulation.
Its large all-terrain tyres – 815mm diameter 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wranglers – feature higher side-walls to reduce contact pressure and improve performance on soft surfaces. These tyres also have a more aggressive tread pattern to improve grip in muddy conditions.
Even if all this means nothing to you, the line of firsts boasted by the Discovery SVX imply the car’s unique and special nature.
It is the first Land Rover to wear the SVX badge as well as the first Land Rover to be assembled by hand at the SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) Technical Centre.
Land Rover’s specially tuned Terrain Response 2 system and Active Roll Control, which improve body control and enhance off-road traction, will also premiere on the Discovery SVX.
Such a special Land Rover deserves suitably special styling and it certainly has that, with an exclusive satin tectonic grey paint finish. Inside, the cabin boasts lunar and light
oyster shades with ‘rush orange’ accent and ‘X’ logos on the SVX-branded seats.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “Land Rover have a great history of producing cars that just can, and the Discovery SVX pushes that attitude to the max. We can’t wait to see it out on the roads after it goes into production next year.”
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