The Land Rover Defender V8 has placed on a tux for the newest testing session on the Nurburgring.
Spied by our photographers, the prototype additionally featured purple brake calipers, suggesting maybe that these have been upgraded over the regular models for improved stopping energy.
Whereas there isn’t any option to confirm that info but, we do know that it’ll want all the assistance it may possibly get to come back to a standstill faster, because it’s anticipated to tip the scales at nicely over 2 tons (4,400+ lbs). The V8 engine will make it the quickest manufacturing model Defender ever, and regardless of not being a part of the extra unique SVR household, it is going to in all probability rock the 5.0-liter supercharged lump.
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This engine, which is discovered underneath the hood of several JLR vehicles, ought to go away the corporate’s portfolio in a number of months, so we’re inclined to assume that if the range-topping Defender makes use of this unit, then it might be supplied in restricted numbers. The precise output is unknown, however earlier reviews spoke about roughly 500 HP.
Moreover being feistier than ever and that includes an upgraded braking system, the Defender V8 can be understood to come back with normal air suspension, but regardless of boasting an improved prowess on the tarmac, it is not going to sacrifice its off-road capability.
Despite the fact that it seems to be nearly able to hit showrooms, the Defender V8 ought to stay within the testing part for at the least a number of extra months, because it might premiere within the first half of 2021.