For all of its many talents, the new Land Rover Discovery diesel has one major flaw: 2718kg is a lot of weight to haul around, even with 193bhp and 328lb ft to do the job, so it’s not exactly sprightly.
Head to the people at DMS, however, and there’s a solution. By tapping into the car’s ECU to remap the engine’s parameters, they can add a whole lot more oomph without any mechanical changes (and they also hold a copy of the factory settings should you wish to revert).
With really quick cars, power boosts are often barely perceptible. Not so with the Disco, which goes from 193bhp to a claimed 233bhp and from 328lb ft to a claimed 376lb ft, turning it from school bus to warm-hatch beater.
We managed 60mph in 9.3sec, 0.6sec faster than the Fiesta Zetec S on p33 and 2.9sec faster than the standard TDV6. By 100mph the unmodified car is a distant memory: the 32.2sec recorded by the DMS is 10.6sec quicker. Pick any increment and it’s the same: 30-70mph, 3.2sec faster; 50-70mph, 1.9sec faster.
Drawbacks? Land Rover doesn’t approve and it could affect your warranty. And we noticed more smoke under hard acceleration, though DMS claims that emissions are unchanged.