WATCH | Land Rover shoves potent supercharged V8 motor under new Defender's bonnet

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• Land Rover has fitted a supercharged V8 engine to its Defender.

• The engine develops 386kW/625Nm, giving the SUV serious performance gains.

• The new engine is available on both 90 and 110 body styles.

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Land Rover has launched the Defender V8 as part of a range of enhancements to its award-winning 4x4 family. The automaker says that the new 386kW Defender V8 and flagship Defender V8 Carpathian Edition provide a unique combination of performance and capability, with bespoke chassis settings delivering new driver engagement and agility levels on and off-road. 

The new models build on decades of Land Rover V8 heritage, spanning the original Stage I V8 of the Seventies, North American Specification models of the Nineties, and powerful Defender Works V8. The characterful engine joins the latest efficient Ingenium petrol, diesel and advanced Plug-in Hybrid Land Rover powertrains.

The Defender V8 builds on the rugged 4x4's class-leading capability, delivering new performance and driver engagement levels by combining the 386kW 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine with expertly developed suspension and transmission tuning to create the "fastest and most dynamically rewarding Defender yet."

For application in the Defender, Land Rover's 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine produces 386kW and 625Nm of torque, sending the drive through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Defender V8 90 accelerates from 0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 240km/h.

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2021 Land Rover Defender V8

Personalisation potential

The V8 petrol engine isn't the only introduction. There's also a new XS Edition, fresh exterior design packs that provide greater personalisation potential, and an optional larger 11.4-inch Pivi Pro infotainment touchscreen.

The exclusive new Carpathian Edition is based on the Defender V8. It represents the ultimate expression of the Defender's design, performance and capability. In contrast, a new XS Edition replaces the hugely successful First Edition and combines bespoke design and specification enhancements inside and out.

READ: Sold out! Land Rover revives 25 Camel Trophy Defenders at a cool R4m a piece

The Defender's personalisation potential has also been expanded with the introduction of new exterior packs. The Bright Pack, Extended Bright Pack, and Extended Black Pack feature bespoke exterior trim to enhance Defender's unmistakable silhouette.

Heightened connectivity is also part of the updates. The Defender's state-of-the-art Pivi Pro touchscreen infotainment is now available with a range of desirable new features, including the option of a larger 11.4-inch touchscreen display. Wireless device charging with an integrated signal booster is now fitted as standard with the Comfort and Convenience Pack for improved convenience and call quality.

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2021 Land Rover Defender V8
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2021 Land Rover Defender V8
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2021 Land Rover Defender V8
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2021 Land Rover Defender V8
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2021 Land Rover Defender V8
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