Land Rover obviously knowns a thing or two about making off-road vehicles. But the brand’s Special Vehicle Operations arm wanted to add to the new Discovery’s already impressive capabilities. Enter the 2018 Discovery SVX, a vehicle that offers a modified suspension system and a new feature called Hydraulic Active Roll Control that increases wheel articulation and body control, among other enhancements to make it, quite simply, the ultimate off-roader.
The updated suspension helps to improve ground clearance over the standard Discovery, while the four-corner air suspension also allows for improved approach, departure, and breakover angles. In addition, the Discovery SVX also gets long-travel dampers, revised knuckles, and 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires with higher side-walls and an aggressive tread pattern.
Discovery SVX also features Land Rover’s renowned Terrain Response 2 system for enhanced traction. However, it’s been re-calibrated to optimize traction on all surfaces via the vehicle’s dynamics systems including Hill Descent Control, Electronic Traction Control, Adaptive Dynamics, Dynamic Stability Control, All-Terrain Progress Control, and variable ratio electric power-assisted steering. With a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that produces 517 horsepower, it’s also got the grunt to power through any obstacle.
Since this is a purpose built vehicle, Discovery SVX boasts a more aggressive and purposeful appearance inside and out. It includes a Tectonic Grey paint finish with Rush Orange accents throughout, Narvik Black side vents with V8 badging, a Narvik Black Dynamic grille, silver roof rails, and a roof-mounted unit with integrated LED “light pods.”
For off-road enthusiasts seeking epic adventures, be sure to check out the Discovery SVX when it arrives next year.