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2022 Defender To Get V8 Power

The newest addition to the long-running Land Rover Defender is already making waves – fans and journalists alike across the globe are raving about its return, as it has managed to arrive looking very much like it always has, but with a few modern tweaks here and there to bring it up to speed. It’s still immensely capable – the ability to ford through 900 mm of water, huge wheel articulation, great off-road chops, four and two-door versions and so on – but now has the luxury required to compete in the segment. It has head and legroom that older Defenders could only dream about, great tech inside (Old Defender: “Tech? What’s that?”) that includes the latest and greatest in Jaguar/Land Rover’s infotainment arsenal and smooth, turbocharged powertrains of the four or six-cylinder variety.

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2022 Land Rover Defender V8

The thing is, while it’s capabilities equal and even eclipse those of the old, much loved Defender, it’s been missing one crucial ingredient that many old Defenders possessed: V8 power.

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2022 Land Rover Defender V8

Well, that’s all about to change with the arrival of the 2022 Defender V8, whose supercharged eight-banger provides 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, up from 395 and 406 respectively on the V6 model. It will be available in both the 110 and 90 models and will be good for a sub-five-second 0-96 km/h sprint in the smaller Defender 90.

In addition to that, Land Rover is releasing a Carpathian Edition of the truck that adds all sorts of nifty styling and colour choices as well as a recyclable PU-based wrap that protects against parking lot dings and so forty. Now, that may seem a little oxymoronic considering the Defender’s rough-and-tumble digs and history (it has, after all, been used by the military and farmers alike), but this latest version of the Defender competes with vehicle from both the off-road and luxury realm, so it seems the manufacturer needs to provide as much variety as possible.

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2022 Land Rover Defender V8

The engine isn’t the only add to the Defender, either; along with it comes unique transmission and suspension tuning as well as an electronic active rear differential. The Terrain Response drive mode system also sees the addition of a Dynamic mode to best exploit the new truck’s capabilities.

2022 also sees the arrival to all trims of wireless charging, Wi-Fi hotspot, larger 11.4-inch touchscreen display with a curved glass finish and advanced navigation.

Pricing for the V8-powered Defender starts at US $97,200 for the 90, and US $100,400 for the 110. No Canadian pricing has yet been announced Watch for that as the 2022 Defender V8 models start arriving in showrooms this summer.

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2022 Land Rover Defender V8

 

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