The new the Land Rover Defender was reveal in 2019 and car enthusiasts interested in it have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of a V-8 option, and here we gooo.
We should all know about the development of the new Defender V8 for several months now and it looks very fascinating. At the heart of the beast is a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that pumps out 518 hp and 461 lb-ft (625 Nm) of torque. That is enough to send the Defender 90 model to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.2 seconds and through to a 149 mph (240 km/h) top speed. The Defender V8 will also be available in 110 guise.
Coupled to the thumping great engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels. Land Rover has also tuned the Defender V8’s spring and damper rates while also equipping it with larger anti-roll bars. The company’s usually-optional Electronic Active Rear Differential comes standard and also features a new Yaw Controller that fine tune’s the vehicle’s cornering prowess.
From a visual standpoint, the V8 model can be differentiated from others thanks to bespoke badging, quad exhausts, 22-inch alloy wheels with a Satin Dark Grey finish and Xenon Blue painted brake calipers up front. Just three color options are available; Carpathian Grey, Yulong White, and Santorini Black, all of which have a Narvik Black roof.
Other powertrains offered on the 2022 Defender will include a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 296 hp and 295 lb-ft and a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 mild-hybrid setup with 395 hp and 406 lb-ft. Buyers outside the U.S. will also have the option of a plug-in hybrid setup that uses the 2.0-liter engine.
Found within the cabin of the Defender V8 is bespoke Ebony Windsor leather on the seats and various suedecloth and Robustec accents. The four-spoke steering wheel also includes Alcantara trimmings and sports a pair of satin chrome gearshift paddles.
“The 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine further enhances the unique character of the Defender,” senior manager of Powertrain Advanced Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, Iain Gray said. “It sounds fantastic and delivers incredible performance – providing new levels of driver appeal. Our engineering focus has been to optimize powertrain calibration for Defender to deliver both responsive on-road performance and fine control off-road – all without compromising Defender’s unstoppable all-terrain capability and wading ability.”
Other changes for 2022 will include an available 11.4-inch infotainment screen instead of the standard 10.0-inch unit, along with a standard wireless charging pad for mobile devices, over-the-air update capability, and a navigation system that optimizes route guidance using AI and real-time traffic updates.
The 2022 Defender will arrive at dealerships later in the year. Pricing information will be announced closer to the market launch.