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Jaguar Land Rover’s SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) has so far been specializing in go-fast F-Types and Range Rovers, but for the 2017 Frankfurt motor show it’s built a serious off-roader in the Discovery SVX.

The new SUV comes with a specially tuned Terrain Response 2 system, which lets the driver choose the type of terrain he or she is encountering and adjusts the brakes and traction control to suit conditions. There’s also Hydraulic-Active Roll Control, tech that permits more wheel articulation, improving way-off-road traction; finally, improved approach, departure and breakover angles help you climb over the steep stuff.

The Discovery SVX has more ground clearance than the basic Discovery, plus four-corner air suspension, long-travel dampers and revised knuckles, which help fit the 32-inch, 275/55R-20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires.

Of course, the Discovery SVX will get the normal off-road stuff, including active center and electronic rear locking differentials, which work with that terrain response system.

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Though off-roading is the focus, that didn’t stop Land Rover from putting a big, supercharged V8 under the hood. In this application, the 5.0-liter makes 518 hp.

An eight-speed automatic and twin-speed transfer case work with safety features like 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 to keep everything right-side up and pointed straight.

As for visual upgrades, the SVX — not to be confused with the also-awesome Subaru SVX — features front and rear skid plates, Rush orange metal recovery hooks, an anti-glare hood and a winch in the rear. The body is finished in Tectonic gray.

This one IS going into production in 2018, says Land Rover, at the SVO Technical Center near Coventry in the United Kingdom. Customers can register interest at