2022 Land Rover Defender to gain supercharged V8, new special edition variants
Both 90 and 110 models are set to gain the brutish new engine option that will see the Defender pair strong performance with its off-road abilities.
The Land Rover Defender is set to get a whole lot more desirable for the 2022 model year, as Jaguar Land Rover's loveable 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol donk is set to make its way under the bonnet of the divisive new model.
Making a very healthy 525hp – enough to ensure that this is the most powerful and the fastest Defender ever produced – the V8 is set to be offered in both 90 and 110 body styles, with both featuring bespoke chassis and transmission tuning to help it handle the extra oomph and make it as rewarding dynamically as it is off-road.
In the short-wheelbase Defender 90, the V8 will help it sprint from 0-60mph in a brisk 4.9 seconds – putting it at the same pace as a Jaguar F-Type V6 S, for example – while helping it storm on to a top speed of 149mph.
Not that you were expecting it to be, but it won't be kind on your hip pocket at the petrol station, though, as it will supposedly return a thirsty 19.5mpg according to Land Rover's claims.
Visually, V8 models will benefit from gaining Satin Dark Grey 22-inch wheels as standard, Xenon Blue brake calipers, and a quad-exhaust system – which, along with the intake, has been tuned to deliver an impressive noise, which this blown bent-eight is certainly capable of making.
Customers will have a choice of three colours – Santorini Black, Carpathian Grey, and Yulong White – with the latter two available with a Narvik Black contrast roof as an option, while Shadow Atlas exterior trim is standard with all colours.
Inside, Ebony Windsor leather seats with Dinamica suedecloth and Robustec accents feature as standard, along with a unique Alcantara steering wheel featuring satin chrome flappy paddles.
To welcome the V8 model to the range, a special Carpathian Edition is set to be offered, which will be finished exclusively in Carpathian Grey with contrasting Narvik Black roof, bonnet, and tailgate, and then covered in Land Rover's Satin Protective Film for a semi-matte finish.
That's not the only special edition addition to the range, however, with a new XS Edition model set to be positioned above the SE, taking the place of the successful Launch Edition variant.
Offered with the P400, P400e, and D250 drivetrains, it features unique body-coloured lower cladding and wheel arches, 20-inch diamond cut satin grey wheels, and optional Khaki Grey Leather interior upholstery.
All 2022 Defender models are set to benefit from upgrades to its Pivi Pro infotainment system, however, with a larger 11.4-inch touchscreen being introduced as an optional extra, while wireless smartphone charging is also set to be introduced.
Additional exterior finishes for the rest of the range are being introduces as well, including a new Bright Pack, Extended Bright Pack, and Extended Black Pack to alter the look of the model's exterior trim.
The new V8 Defender models are set to be priced from £98,505 for the 90, and £101,150 OTR in the UK. The Defender 90 body style typically starts at £44,825 and the 110 at £46,215, while the 90 Hard Top opens the range at £36,886.