Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations is doing its thing at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with the Land Rover Discovery being their primary target for the worldwide introduction of the SVX.
It’s a bit off-beat against their latest projects, such as the ultra-luxurious Range Rover SVAutobiography or the high-performance street and track machine that is the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8. But then again, they do have Land Rover as one of their focuses – and that only means better off-road chops. And the SVX shows off all of LR’s traditional traits – coming with increased ground clearance and long-travel dampers, for way better approach, departure, and breakover angles. Even the 20-inch aluminum wheels have been shod in SVX-specific 275/55R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires – while the Terrain Response 2 off-road system has been retuned and the Discovery features for the first time Hydraulic Active Roll Control, commanding increased wheel articulation – which is crucial for slow off-roading.
But because we’re still dealing with the Special Vehicle Operations division here, a little bit of their craziness still perspired – meaning the new Discovery SVX has a bespoke powertrain, one that will make you get giddy. It’s the group’s go to performance engine – the supercharged, 5.0-liter V8, packing in this installment no less than 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque (625 Nm). Naturally, the regular Discovery isn’t getting this powerplant – so the SVX is both the most capable Disco and at the same time the most powerful. And best of all, the model is slated for production sometime in 2018.