The Land Rover Defender V8 is revealed today and it has some neat specs on the paper, equipped with JLR’s 5.0L supercharged V8 engine that produces 525hp that makes it the fastest series production Defender SUV.
- The V8 engine is offered in both short wheelbase Defender 90 and long-wheelbase defender 110.
- Powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged AJ V8 from JLR that can produce 525HP and 625NM of torque
- Gets new cosmetic and equipment changes like quad exhaust, 22-inch alloy wheels and large brake discs with blue coloured front brake calipers
- Gets stiff suspension set-up and anti-roll bars for more performance driving.
- New Land Rover Defender V8 price starts at £98,505 (approx Rs. 1 crore) for the 90 and goes up to £101,150 (Rs. 1.03 crores) for 110 in the UK(without taxes).
What is new on the Land Rover Defender V8?
The Defender V8 has some bespoke touch to it. Like it gets bespoke exterior badges, dark exterior detailing for the body, quad exhaust setup with a signature exhaust note to differentiate it from the 4 and 6 cylinder range, massive 22″ satin finished dark coloured alloy wheels along with massive 20″ front brake rotors with blue coloured brake calipers.
The most important upgrade that the Defender V8 has got is its engine, as the name suggests it’s a V8 engine more specifically a 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 from JLR called the ‘AJ’ V8 which is also used in performance SUVs and cars like the Range Rover Sport and Jaguar F-Type. This engine is now made in-house by JLR and on the Defender V8 with all the 4×4 capabilities this engine is tuned to produce 525HP and 625NM of torque. So the performance is up a great margin when compared to the 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder versions. The short wheelbase Defender 90 with this particular V8 engine can do a 0-100KPH sprint in just 5 seconds and can get upto speeds of 240KPH.
To make the Defender V8 more driver-focused high-performance SUV, Land Rover has also worked on its handling department, it gets chassis tweaks and continuously variable dampers for better on and off-road agility and drivability. In addition to the standard off-road driving modes called the Terrain Response system that is offered on the Standard Defender, the Defender V8 gets a new Dynamic setting that improves the throttle response and also firms or loosed up the continuously variable dampers to offer a more dynamic driver experience both on and off the road as said by Land Rover. The Defender V8 also gets more stiff suspension bushings and much thicker anti-roll bars for better cornering, also gets a yaw controller fitted into the rear differential that varies torque across the rear axle for maximum grip. Overall Land Rover has now made it more capable for both on and off-road situations.
There is also a range-topping Defender V8 called the Carpathian Edition which gets features like the exterior body is finished in Carpathian Grey with a Narvik Black on the roof, bonnet and tailgate and the whole body gets a satin protective film. The interior is similar to the standard Defender V8 variant.
Land Rover Defender for India
Land Rover started selling the standard Defender by end of 2020 in India and both the 3 and 5-door versions with 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines are available. There is no news yet if Land Rover will bring in the Defender V8 in India.
Currently, Land Rover Defender 90 range starts from Rs 73.98 lakh and goes up to Rs 1.08 crore while the Defender 110 in India starts at a price of Rs 80.56 lakh for the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol base trim and goes up to Rs 1.08 crore for the 3.0-litre mild-hybrid diesel Defender X (ex-showroom, India). However, the deliveries of the Land Rover 90 which is the 3-door has not been done yet and it will commence later this year.
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