Land Rover Discovery SVX
Land Rover wants to emphasize that this bad ass off-roader isn’t a concept. It’s actually coming to market next summer, built by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team (think M at BMW or AMG at Mercedes).
Keys to making the SVX more than a trim package include a 518hp, supercharged V-8, an off-road-focused tune to the suspension, with something called Hydraulic Active Roll Control (that debuted on Range Rover), that lets the longer-travel-dampers of the SVX smoothly increase motion at slow speeds, but without letting the rig wallow when you’re piloting around city streets. Land Rover also recalibrated its off-road Terrain Response system, likely to allow for more precise off-road driving. Obviously the most eye-catching part of the equation, however, are the massive forged 20-inch wheels shod with 20-inch Goodyear Wranglers.
The less flashy debut, one that’s a big deal for the SoCal market, was that Land Rover also launched two plug-in hybrid models of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. They use a 296hp four-cylinder paired with a 114hp electric motor. Both get a pure electric range of 31 miles. That’s quick enough for mid-six-second 0-60 times, which is on par or superior to a lot of non-hybrid luxury SUVs. Nope, neither will be cheap; The Range Rover goes for the same $87,350 as the V-6 supercharged gas version, and the Range Rover Sport plug-in goes for $78,300, but Land Rover is wisely keeping these prices precisely in line with its gas motors so that buyers will comparison shop and find no loss in performance. Which is key to mainstreaming hybridization.
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