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Hardcore off-road Land Rover Discovery revives SVX badge


Having mentioned back in March that it will launch a off-road focused version of the latest Discovery, Land Rover has taken the wraps of the new SVX due to hit markets next year.

Reviving a moniker first used on the Defender back in 2008, the latest creation by Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operation (SVO), which the brand previously stated will be "somewhere between the Camel Trophy and Dakar Rally", also sees the return of a V8 engine in place of the V6 petrol and diesel mill offered until now.

Sitting in the same league as the Range Rover Sport SVR and SVAutobiography, the SVX, compared to the standard Discovery, receives off-road focused 20-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in 275/55 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain rubber, updated suspension, revised front and rear bumpers with silver skidplates and Rush Orange recovery hooks, a special Tectonic Grey paint finish, Narvik Black Dynamic grille, silver roof rails with LED light bars, silver rock sliders and Norvik Black side vents with V8 badging.

In terms of off-road hardware in addition to the standard Terrain Response 2 system, the SVX also boasts Hydraulic Active Roll Control and Active Centre and Electronic Locking Rear Differentials, the latter designed specifically to work in tandem with the Terrain Response.

Inside, the SVX dispenses with the normal Discovery's rotary gear selector for a new pistol shifter, a special Lunar and Light Oyster colour finish with Rush Orange inserts, and SVX embossed seats.

Returning after a short absence, the SVX employs JLR's proven 5.0-litre supercharged V8, which develops 386 kW and 625 Nm of torque, matched to a eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Pricing and indeed local availability is only expected to be announced next year.

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