The importance of Land Rover’s new Defender V8

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2021 Land Rover Defender V8
2021 Land Rover Defender V8

The revival of Land Rover's Defender V8 has been a long time coming.

For the last two decades of its product lifecycle, the original Defender was diesel powered. To many Land Rover followers, the compression ignition sound of a TD5 Storm or Ford Transit 2.2-litre engine was most closely associated with the brand's exploration vehicle.

The 3.5-litre V8 might have been a popular option for Land Rover owners in the 1980s, but by the late 1990s, crash safety requirements precluded Land Rover's Defender V8 from the lucrative American market.

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