Land Rover has launched the powerful Defender V8.
The new model builds on decades of Land Rover V8 heritage and joins the latest range of efficient Ingenium petrol, diesel, and advanced plug-in hybrid Land Rover powertrains.
Power comes from Land Rover’s supercharged 5-litre V8 that produces 518bhp.
Peak torque stands at 625Nm, and the outputs are sent to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Defender V8 delivering a century sprint time of 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 240km/h.
Land Rover says the new Defender V8 also features upgraded handling. Larger-diameter and solid anti-roll bars have been utilised to help reduce body roll in corners.
The Land Rover Defender V8 model also gets a unique Yaw Controller within the Electronic Active Rear Differential for fine control of the vehicle’s cornering attitude as it reaches and exceeds the limit of grip.
A new Dynamic programme within the Terrain Response system will also allow drivers to exploit the sportier character of the V8 model on tarmac and loose surfaces.
The new program gives the Defender V8 sharpened throttle response, on top of a bespoke tuning for the Continuously Variable Damping. This is combined with the stiffened suspension bushes for more immediate steering responses.
Land Rover says the new chassis upgrades make the Defender V8 the “most engaging production Defender ever”, offering “unrivalled agility and driver appeal”.
LAND ROVER DEFENDER V8: DISTINCTIVE EXTERIOR
Visible exterior enhancements for the V8 models include its bespoke exterior badging and quad exhausts with unique tailpipes.
The V8 model also sits on unique 22-inch alloy wheels finished in Satin Dark Grey. Those rims house Xenon Blue brake calipers and 20-inch brake discs.
The Defender V8’s induction and exhaust systems have also been tuned to provide a purposeful and authentic sound. The car’s evocative soundtrack can be further enhanced by selecting the Dynamic program in the Terrain Response system.
Three colours options are offered for the Defender V8: Carpathian Grey, Yulong White and Santorini Black, with the Grey and White coming with a contrast roof in Narvik Black.
Shadow Atlas exterior detailing completes New Defender V8’s distinctive exterior finish.
Inside, the Land Rover Defender V8 features seats trimmed in unique Ebony Windsor Leather with Miko Suedecloth and Robustec accents, each finished with a unique Ebony tag.
The exposed Cross Car Beam also sports a special Satin Black finish.
The four-spoke steering wheel is enhanced by an Alcantara rim and tactile satin chrome gearshift paddles. Leather covers the airbag housing and gear lever, while the illuminated treadplates are completed with a V8 script.
The Land Rover Defender V8 also introduces the latest evolution of the Pivi Pro infotainment system.
This optional system has had its screen size increased by over 60% to 11.4-inches, and utilises a new curved glass interface to make it even easier to follow navigation route guidance.
Land Rover’s official agent in Singapore, Wearnes Automotive, says that the V8 models will only be available on an indent basis.
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