2022 Land Rover Defender arrives with a 518bhp supercharged V8

By Divyank Kushagra Bansal | on February 25, 2021

The fastest, most powerful production Defender model to date can smash the 100km/h mark in just 5.2 seconds.  

We'd been hearing rumours of a V8-powered Land Rover Defender in the works for a while now and today, the British marque has officially unveiled the production-spec Defender V8 in both its body forms – 90 (three-door) and 110 (five-door). 

Land Rover Defender V8 90

Largely, the Defender V8 looks pretty much identical to its six- and four-cylinder siblings. But for that distinct visual edge, the Defender V8 does get a number of unique exterior enhancements, in the form of bespoke 'V8' exterior badging, quad-tip exhausts and massive 22-inch alloy wheels finished in Satin Dark Grey. Xenon Blue front brake callipers further add to the Defender V8's distinct appeal.

Land Rover Defender V8 Xenon Blue Brake Callipers

Powering the behemoth is Land Rover’s 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8 that sends out a staggering 518bhp and 625Nm of torque via an eight-speed automatic transmission. With this much power on tap, the three-door Defender V8 90 can reach a top speed of 240km/h, while dismissing the 0-100km/h mark in just 5.2 seconds.

Land Rover Defender V8 110

Of course, to harness all this power effectively, the Defender V8 features some mechanical tweaks as well. Larger-diameter and solid anti-roll bars, combined with bespoke spring & damper rates and a new electronic 'Active Rear Differential' with an integrated Yaw Controller help reduce body roll in extreme cornering. Plus, the introduction of a new 'Dynamic' mode in the Terrain Response 2 system (exclusive to the Defender V8) allows the driver to enjoy sharper throttle response and stiffer suspension for better high-speed handling. The Dynamic mode can also enhance the tuned acoustic note of the induction and exhaust systems.

Land Rover Defender V8 Interior

Inside, the bits exclusive to the Defender V8 models include an Alcantara-wrapped four-spoke steering wheel, satin chrome-finished gearshift paddles and illuminated treadplates with bespoke 'V8' inscription. 

Land Rover Defender V8 Centre Display

New to the 2022 Defender range is the upgraded Pivi Pro infotainment system that now offers a larger, optional 11.4-inch touchscreen and wireless device charging with signal boosting tech. A new Defender XS Edition replaces the erstwhile First Edition and is perched above the SE variants.

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