A fresh report out of the United Kingdom confirms the hardcore, V8-powered Land Rover Discovery SVX concept first unveiled in 2017 won’t make it to production after all.
The news follows recent confirmation the Range Rover SV Coupé would also not enter production.
According to Autocar, the SVX model is off the table since Land Rover has scrapped plans to use a V8 engine in the Discovery. That said, the firm told the publication it could still use the SVX badge on future models.
Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017 as a “production preview”, the Discovery SVX concept was powered by a 5,0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine delivering 386 kW and 625 N.m. It boasted a handful of “functional suspension modifications” that the Coventry-based automaker promised would “enhance driver confidence when tackling the toughest terrain”.
The SVX featured improved approach, departure and breakover angles, which Land Rover achieved by raising both the aluminium monocoque architecture and the four-corner air suspension system, employing long-travel dampers and revised knuckles, and fitting larger 815 mm diameter 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tyres.
It was furthermore equipped with active centre and electronic rear locking differentials. The eight-speed automatic transmission (with twin-speed transfer box) also gained revised software, along with a “pistol shifter” in place of the familiar drive select rotary shifter.
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