Land Rover continues the event of the upcoming Defender V8 mannequin, with a prototype noticed exterior Nürburgring, Germany.
The take a look at automobile appears to be like nearly an identical to a daily Land Rover Defender 110, identical to the last time our spies caught it in action, however particulars like the larger brakes, the quad tailpipes and naturally the “Prototype Automobile” sticker on the bonnet depart little question that there’s a V8 engine hiding beneath that bonnet.
Talking of which, the range-topping Defender is anticipated to change into the last Land Rover to use the supercharged 5.0-liter engine, which is ready to exit of manufacturing later this yr.
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Earlier license plate checks have revealed that there’s a 5.0-liter engine and never a BMW-sourced 4.4-liter one, because the next-generation Vary Rover fashions are set to make use of. Earlier stories prompt that Jaguar Land Rover has been stockpiling the Ford-built V8 unit earlier than the Bridgend engine manufacturing facility shuts down, which implies that the Defender V8 will probably be launched as a limited-volume mannequin quite than a daily series-production one.
Energy is anticipated to be across the 500-HP mark, provided that the Defender V8 gained’t be a full-on SVR model, and will probably be accompanied by that basic thunderous soundtrack this engine is thought for. A model-specific air suspension will probably be normal match to assist deal with the added energy however Land Rover is eager on retaining the Defender’s off-road capabilities as nicely.
The completed manufacturing model of the Land Rover Defender V8 is anticipated to function a variety of design modifications, together with new bumpers entrance and rear, larger wheels, and a unique hood to separate itself from its weaker siblings. The inside will probably be equally jazzed up with a pair of body-hugging seats and particular trim choices.
The range-topping V8 variant of the Land Rover Defender is anticipated to be provided solely within the longer 110 physique model; nonetheless, as a result of particular nature of the mannequin, Land Rover might provide this engine with the shorter three-door mannequin as nicely. Land Rover goes to disclose the brand new Defender V8 someday in 2021.
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