Jaguar Land Rover’s in-house tuner SVO has already brought us the brilliant Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR. But building high-performance vehicles isn’t solely what SVO is about.
Speaking with Auto Express at this month’s 2017 Geneva auto show, SVO boss John Edwards said he imagined an SVO-enhanced Discovery as sitting somewhere between a Camel Trophy off-road adventure vehicle and a Dakar rally off-road racer. It’s a concept similar to the one pioneered by Ford with its original F-150 Raptor.
Edwards didn’t reveal details on what modifications such a vehicle might feature but he’s previously mentioned upgrades such as taller ride heights, off-roading wheel and tire combinations, and some cutting-edge off-roading technology similar to what we saw on 2015’s Land Rover Discovery Vision concept. Some of these included road-scanning lasers, an off-road self-driving mode, and a camera-based transparent hood feature allowing you to scout wheel position.
Edwards also didn’t reveal when we might see an SVO-enhanced Discovery, but he did say the tuner planned to launch a halo product each year for the next three or four years. In addition to the SVO-enhanced Discovery, the tuner is also working on a high-performance Jaguar F-Pace.