Make a molehill out of a mountain

2017-09-29 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedThe new Land Rover Discovery SVX.

PHOTO: suppliedThe new Land Rover Discovery SVX.

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AFTER months of teasing, Land Rover this week officially launched the new Discovery SVX at the Frankfurt motors show.

Dubbed the ultimate Discovery for off-road enthusiasts, the new Discovery is the first modern Land Rover to wear the SVX badge and will be hand-assembled at the SVO Technical Centre in the UK, starting next year.

Powered exclusively by with Jaguar Land Rover’s 5,0-litre supercharged V8 petrol powertrain, this block is tuned to deliver 386 kW and a mountain-shifting 625 Nm in the SVX, linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission with twin-speed transfer box.

Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC) is new to Discovery on SVX. It gives increased wheel articulation and improved body control, enhancing extreme off-road traction while also reducing body roll for smooth and sure-footed on-road driving.

The four-corner air suspension system use long-travel dampers and revised knuckles, to keep the larger 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tyres on the ground where possible.

Complementing these hardware upgrades are unique software calibrations for the Discovery’s dynamics systems including Hill Descent Control, Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Adaptive Dynamics, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) and variable ratio electric power-assisted steering (EPAS). Pricing will start well over a million in rands when the vehicle comes to SA, — Supplied.

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