The Defender 90 and Defender 110 shall be out there with JLR’s completely superior 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine.solely launched final yr, nevertheless it’s already seeing sizable upgrades. Along with a lot of different 2021 model-year adjustments, Land Rover confirmed Wednesday that each the
Do not get us fallacious, the Defender’s turbocharged mild-hybrid inline-six is a honey of an engine, however we Individuals cannot resist a great V8. Land Rover’s tried-and-true eight-pot is an efficient one certainly, and below the hood of the Defender, it is good for 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque and is mated to an eight-speed computerized. Land Rover says the V8-powered 90 will hit 60 mph in simply 4.9 seconds (the 110 is barely slower) and go on to a prime velocity of 149 mph.
To visually differentiate the V8 Defenders, Land Rover provides them darkened Shadow Atlas exterior trim, customary 22-inch wheels, quad exhaust ideas, Xenon Blue brake calipers and particular badging. Solely three paint colours can be found — Santorini Black, Carpathian Gray and Yulong White — with the final two getting a contrasting Narvik Black roof. On the within, the V8 fashions get black leather-based seats with suede accents, a Satin Black dashboard bar and door trim, a suede-trimmed steering wheel and chrome paddle shifters.
The V8-powered Defender will get an extra drive mode in its Terrain Response system that is targeted on tarmac and unfastened surfaces like gravel. Consider it as a form of rallycross mode that may permit the Defender to raised avail itself of all its newfound energy. It appears like a ton of enjoyable. Land Rover additionally added some beefier sway bars to the V8 Defender to raised deal with the added forces, in addition to a yaw controller for the digital rear differential and bigger entrance brakes.
Along with the brand new engine, there are a complete host of latest trim ranges being added, together with XS which is a alternative for the First Version, and a brand new halo trim degree generally known as the Carpathian Version, which we are able to solely assume is a tribute to the nice Viggo the Carpathian from Ghostbusters 2 — or perhaps not. Primarily based on the V8 mannequin, it is meant to be probably the most luxurious trim degree for the Defender and will get its personal unique Carpathian Gray paint, black accents and a matte paint safety movie.
The 2022 Defender additionally will get some infotainment upgrades within the type of an optionally available upsized display screen for its Pivi Professional system. The brand new display screen measures 11.Four inches, the place the usual display screen is a still-robust 10 inches. A brand new wi-fi charging tray is onboard as properly and features a sign booster. Land Rover additionally launched a Shiny Pack that provides chrome trim to the skid plates and grille, an Prolonged Shiny Pack that provides silver trim to the wheel arches and physique cladding, and an Prolonged Black Pack that provides tons of gloss black trim all over the place.
There is no phrase on pricing but for the brand new Defenders, however Land Rover expects them to be in US sellers someday this summer season.