Jaguar has promised an electrified lineup by 2025, yet its JLR sibling has just announced that the Land Rover Defender will get a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 for 2022.
Land Rover calls this the ultimate expression of the Defender, offering the powertrain in both the 90 and 110 models. The model with the V-8 will also get a top-tier flagship trim called the Carpathian Edition.
This Defender V-8 will deliver 513 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, delivering 0-to-60-mph times in 4.9 seconds.
In addition to more power, the V-8 model will also have a unique suspension and transmission tuning as well as a special Dynamic program within the Terrain Response system.
Other distinct features on the V- models will include quad exhaust pipes, unique 22-inch wheels, Xenon Blue front brake calipers, 15-inch brake discs, Ebony Windsor leather seats, and paddle shifters.
The Carpathian Edition will only be available with the V-8 engine and Carpathian Grey metallic paint. Another distinguishing feature includes a Narvik Black contrast roof, hood and tailgate. Otherwise, with the addition of Carpathian Edition badging, it will be similarly outfitted like the other Defender V-8s.
There are a few additional changes of note for the 2022 model year – the biggest of which is the new XS Edition, which replaces the former First Edition. This model will be equipped with the Mild Hybrid 3.0-liter turbocharged I-6 engine as well as get some premium finishing touches such as illuminated metal tread plates, four premium exterior paint colors and heated-and-cooled, 12-way adjustable front seats.
The Pivi Pro infotainment system will also get an upgrade, featuring wireless charging and an available 11.4-inch touchscreen.
We always think more power is better, but we find it curious that the Defender V-8 was announced just a couple weeks after Land Rover’s sibling revealed its electrification plans. While we’re excited to test this bad boy, we can’t help thinking its days are numbered before it has been launched. Time will tell.
Speaking of timing, we don’t yet know when the 2022 model will be available nor do we have any pricing information. For reference, the current Defender 110 starts at $49,900, and the Defender 90 starts at $65,100.