It’s no secret that many automakers have secret divisions or departments tucked away in Area-51 like hangars isolated from the rest of the company. Secretive workshops with the latest technology and an abundance of resources where the automaker let’s loose it’s top engineers like mad scientists with the sole purpose of ripping apart standard production vehicles and turning them into special edition concoctions. For the Jaguar – Land Rover family that department is the “Special Vehicle Operations” department. The automaker’s Special Forces so to say. Straight from the Managing Director’s mouth, “We take the great products created by Jaguar Land Rover and make them even greater”.
Previous SVO vehicles have included the likes of the Range Rover Sport SVR and the Holland & Holland Range Rover. The latest and greatest to come out of the SVO hangar however is the Land Rover Discovery SVX. The Land Rover Discovery was already a very, very capable vehicle with 340HP, a wading depth of almost 36 inches, tons of passenger space and a plethora of creature comforts for supreme driving pleasure. For the SVX Edition, the SVO team (acronyms galore) heavily enhanced the Discovery’s all-terrain capabilities delivering the ultimate off-road driving experience. Apart from the styling changes that the SVX now sports on the outside, it now delivers a whopping 518 Horsepower using a derivative of the 5.0 liter supercharged engines found in the Range Rover SVR’s along with very aggressive tread patterns on the tires, enhanced under-body protection and increased ground clearance. If you’ve ever seen a Range Rover SVR circle a track, we imagine that with the SVX the end result is similar yet in a very different environment. And that, in our book, sounds like shit ton of fun. Photos via Jaguar Land Rover North America.