New Land Rover Defender V8 revealed: prices, specs and release date

February 25, 2021 by

Land Rover has introduced a V8-powered version of its reimagined classic off-roader. Read on for full details.

  • Land Rover Defender V8 revealed
  • 525hp and 625Nm of torque
  • 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds
  • Chassis improvements
  • Leather and suede interior as standard
  • Pricing from £98,505

The Land Rover Defender is one of the most iconic off-roaders around, and the modern take on the nameplate serves as an alternative to the Mercedes G-Class and Jeep Wrangler. A Defender V8 has just been introduced to the line-up, perhaps surprisingly, and brings old-school grunt to a modernised 4×4.

Land Rover Defender V8 engine

A 5.0-litre supercharged V8 sits under this Defender’s bonnet

V8 Defenders were a staple of the original car’s line-up, but it may come as a bit of surprise that Land Rover is breaking a trend of focusing on efficiency and electrified technology to put an old-school engine under the bonnet of its latest off-roader.

This particular unit is a supercharged 5.0-litre V8, producing 525hp and 625Nm. That power is delivered to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, which results in a 0-60mph time of 4.9 seconds in short-wheelbase 90 guise and a 149mph top speed.

See the new Defender V8 in action

Land Rover claims the Defender V8 will manage up to 19.5mpg (though you’d likely have to be pretty light on the throttle for that), with CO2 emissions weighing in at a considerable 327g/km.

It’s worth mentioning that the Land Rover V8 Defender sits alongside the existing range of plug-in hybrid, petrol and diesel engines rather than replacing anything.

Land Rover Defender V8 chassis improvements

New anti-roll bars and electronic differential tweaks are present on the Defender V8

To help the Land Rover Defender V8 make the most of its newfound power, there’s been a few tweaks to its chassis. Larger anti-roll bars aim to reduce the body of the car leaning through corners, with a model-specific electronic differential at the rear in place to adjust power depending on the levels of grip as well.

There’s a ‘Dynamic’ setting for the Defender’s adjustable driving modes here too, which sets the car up for sportier driving on both tarmac and loose surfaces, in case that’s what you want from a big off-roader.

Land Rover Defender V8 design

A quad-exit exhaust marks out the Defender V8

It’s not a revolution in design for the Land Rover Defender V8 compared with existing models, but some tweaks have been made to mark it out from the rest of the range.

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Plenty of V8 badges have been sprinkled about, while a quad-exit exhaust system gives the eight-cylinder engine a more throaty sound. A model-specific set of satin grey 22-inch alloy wheels has been introduced too along with some blue-painted brake callipers.

Land Rover Defender V8 interior

A combination of suede and leather comes as standard inside the car

As standard, the Land Rover Defender V8 gets a leather and Dinamica suede interior with an Alcantara-wrapped four-spoke steering wheel. The car’s exposed beam is painted in satin black, plus V8-badged tread plates are fitted just in case you’d forgotten this is no ordinary Defender…

Land Rover Defender V8 Carpathian Edition

Carpathian Edition cars get a unique paint combo

You can have the Land Rover Defender V8 as is, or upgrade it to the Carpathian Edition trim. This is painted in a unique grey, with contrasting black paint for the roof, bonnet and boot lid. Satin black towing eyes are thrown in the package too, with the paintwork covered in a protective film from the factory to keep it safe from stray rocks or car park door dings.

Land Rover Defender V8 price and release date

The Land Rover Defender is available from £98,505

Pricing for the Land Rover Defender V8 kicks off at £98,505 for short wheelbase 90 variants, with the larger 110 available from £101,150. Production has already started and you can put your order in now.

Check out the latest Land Rover Defender deals or, if you’re not sure what to buy, compare the top 10 best off-roaders and 4x4s on sale. 

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