Land Rover has just announced that it will equip 25 old original Defenders with V8 engines and sell them for over 200,000 euros (plus NoVA), and this announcement has almost reached the current Defender: In all seriousness, it is now getting a V8. Ex works. And not just 400 hp like the off-road legend, but with a whopping 525 hp. The strongest series Defender ever.
Actually only logical, because the new Defender is no longer a hard bone like the old one, but a luxury flagship with the highest off-road consecration, but also a good portion of comfort and luxury. Now he competes against the big, expensive ships and woos the financially potent customers who like to have the big, expensive ships in the marina.
The new engine has a displacement of five liters, and when supercharged it mobilizes a maximum torque of 625 Nm. A power pack. The Defender 90 (the short wheelbase version) accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.2 seconds with its 2.5 tons (2471 kg according to DIN) and reaches 240 km / h. Land Rover states 14.8 l / 100 km as the WLTP consumption. The Defender 110 takes two tenths longer, after all, it also weighs 2603 kg.
The chassis is specially designed to match the sporty drive, including a regulated limited slip differential on the rear axle, torque vectoring by braking, traction control and a new active yaw control system. In addition to the well-known off-road driving modes, the Terrain Response System also features a pure sport mode, which among other things hardens the adaptive dampers.
The V8 Defender can be recognized from the outside by the two double exhaust pipes and 22-inch wheels in Satin Dark Gray. The interior is also specifically equipped. In addition, a special V8 top model is offered, the Defender V8 Carpathian Limited Edition.