Land Rover has launched the powerful Defender V8 for 2022 model year as part of the expanded Defender 90 and 110 lineup, along with a range of enhancements to the award-winning 4x4 family.
The new 525hp Defender V8 and flagship Defender V8 Carpathian Edition provide a unique combination of performance and capability, with bespoke chassis settings delivering new levels of driver engagement and agility both on- and off-road.
The powerful new models build on decades of Land Rover V8 heritage as the characterful engine joins the latest range of efficient Ingenium engines.
The V8 engine isn’t the only introduction. There's also a new XS Edition, fresh exterior design packs that provide greater personalisation potential and an optional larger 11.4-inch Pivi Pro1 infotainment touchscreen.
The Defender V8 builds on the rugged 4x4’s outstanding capability, delivering new levels of performance and driver engagement by combining a powerful 525hp 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine with expertly developed suspension and transmission tuning to create the fastest and most dynamically rewarding Defender model yet.
The exclusive new V8 Carpathian Edition is based on the Defender V8 and represents the ultimate expression of Defender design, performance and capability, while a new XS Edition replaces the successful First Edition and combines bespoke design and specification enhancements inside and out.
The SUV’s personalisation potential has also been expanded with the introduction of new optional exterior design packs. The Bright Pack, Extended Bright Pack and Extended Black Pack feature unique exterior design touches to enhance the unmistakable silhouette of the Defender.
Heightened connectivity is also part of the updates for 2022. The Pivi Pro1 infotainment system on the Defender is now available with a range of desirable new features, including the option of a larger 11.4-inch touchscreen display. Wireless device charging with integrated signal booster is now available for improved convenience and call quality. “The introduction of our V8 powertrain adds a new dimension of driving engagement and off-road capability to Defender. Fast and fun to drive, it represents the pinnacle of the Defender family and is as rewarding on the road as it is capable off it,” said David Hemming, Chief Product Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover. “We’ve also broadened the appeal of the entire Defender lineup with new derivatives, option packs and enhanced connectivity, so there really is a Defender for everyone.”
New Defender V8
The new Defender V8 is the ultimate expression of the Land Rover brand’s toughest 4x4 and recalls the rich heritage of eight-cylinder Land Rover vehicles dating back to the 1970s. The potent new V8 supercharged engine is available in both 90 and 110 body styles and delivers elevated performance and driver engagement without compromising capability.
With unique suspension and transmission tuning, including bespoke spring and damper rates and a new Electronic Active Rear Differential, it delivers more agile and engaging handling with heightened body control—all accompanied by a characteristic V8 soundtrack.
Power comes from a 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine, which produces 525hp, 625Nm of torque and drives through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Defender 90 V8 accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 4.9 seconds2 with a top speed of 149 mph when fitted with 22” wheels.4
Exceptional off-road capability is a Defender hallmark and the V8 adds a new layer of driver appeal with the introduction of a new Dynamic program within the Terrain Response® system3—only available on V8-powered Defender vehicles. It helps drivers to exploit the more dynamic character and handling balance of the 525hp model on tarmac and loose surfaces. Engineered to be the fastest and most engaging production Defender vehicle ever, it delivers unrivalled agility and driver appeal.
“The 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine further enhances the unique character of the Defender. It sounds fantastic and delivers incredible performance, providing new levels of driver appeal,” said Iain Gray, Senior Manager, Powertrain Advanced Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover. “Our engineering focus has been to optimize powertrain calibration for Defender to deliver both responsive on-road performance and fine control off-road—all without compromising the Defender vehicle’s all-terrain capability and wading ability.”
Larger-diameter solid anti-roll bars are designed to help reduce body roll in cornering, while the unique Electronic Active Rear Differential introduces a Yaw Controller that allows fine control of the cornering attitude of the Defender V8.3
Careful calibration of the new Dynamic program in Terrain Response® 2 gives the Defender V8 a more agile, playful and responsive character. In this setting, a sharper throttle response and bespoke tuning for the Continuously Variable Damping combine with the stiffer suspension bushes for immediate steering responses. Working in harmony with the Torque Vectoring by Braking technology, Traction Control Systems and new Yaw Controller, the Defender V8 is faster, more engaging and more controllable than ever.3
Instantly recognizable, the Defender V8 features a number of unique exterior enhancements: unique exterior badging, distinctive quad exhaust tailpipes and unique 22-inch alloy wheels combine to set the most powerful model in the lineup apart. The Defender V8 is further identified by its Xenon Blue front brake calipers and 380mm front brake discs.
Careful acoustic tuning of the Defender V8 induction and exhaust systems provides a purposeful and authentic sound. Calibrated to suit a broad range of driving situations, this evocative soundtrack can be enhanced by selecting Dynamic program in the Terrain Response® system.
Customers have a choice of three colours: Carpathian Grey or Yulong White, both of which feature a contrast roof in Narvik Black, and Santorini Black. Shadow Atlas exterior detailing completes the distinctive exterior finish of the New Defender V8.
Inside, the Defender V8 features seats trimmed in unique Ebony Windsor Leather with Dinamica® Suedecloth and Robustec accents, each finished with a unique Ebony tag, while the exposed Cross Car Beam on the Defender features an exclusive Satin Black finish. The four-spoke steering wheel is enhanced by an Alcantara rim and tactile satin chrome gearshift paddles, which are unique to V8 models. Leather covers the airbag housing and gear selector, while illuminated treadplates are completed with a V8 script.
Defender V8 Carpathian Edition
The exclusive New Defender V8 Carpathian Edition is designed to be the ultimate expression of performance, durability and design, and represents the very pinnacle of the Defender range. Finished exclusively in Carpathian Grey premium metallic paint, the vehicle’s exterior is distinguished by a Narvik Black contrast roof, bonnet, and for the first time on the New Defender, tailgate.
The unique exterior is finished with Land Rover Satin Protective Film. The recyclable PU-based wrap is applied to external bodywork giving the 4x4 a contemporary semi-matte finish that is designed to help protect against everything from parking lot scratches to off-road brush and scrub scratches.
Inside, the Defender V8 Carpathian Edition features the same upgrades as the V8, with seats finished in Dinamica® Suedecloth and Robustec accents, an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and illuminated treadplates.
Defender XS Edition
The new XS Edition replaces the successful First Edition, but with additional premium touches, including unique exterior and interior treatments
Externally, the XS Edition is identified by its bespoke body-coloured lower cladding and lower wheel arches, Privacy glass and distinctive 20-inch, satin grey with contrast diamond-turned finish alloy wheels. A choice of four exterior colour options is available: Silicon Silver, Hakuba Silver, Gondwana Stone and Santorini Black.
Inside the XS Edition, 12-way, heated and cooled electric memory seats are finished in Ebony Grained leather, while the exposed Cross Car Beam has a Light Grey powder coat brushed finish. Sliding panoramic roof and Illuminated metal treadplates complete the interior.
Comprehensive standard specification includes Electronic Air Suspension, Adaptive Dynamics, Front centre console refrigerator compartment and Matrix LED headlights with signature DRL.3 In addition, the XS Edition features Premium cabin lighting, ClearSight Rear-view mirror technology4 Wireless device charging with phone signal booster and 10-speaker MeridianTM Sound System.
Pivi Pro upgrade
Pivi Pro is available with an optional larger 11.4-inch touchscreen for the first time. The new curved glass interface is 60 percent larger than the standard screen. The fast and intuitive Pivi Pro system provides immediate responses, even when starting the vehicle for the first time.1
A simple menu structure allows the most commonly used functions to be accessed directly from the home screen to reduce driver distraction. The system can be easily customized to suit the preferences of individual customers. Additional app “panels” can be added, moved and removed, while swiping left or right of the screen quickly reveals the most relevant information at a glance. 1
The advanced navigation uses self-learning algorithms and dynamic guidance to optimize routing, while Smart Voice Guidance knows to cancel audio instructions in familiar surroundings. The Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) technology1 in the Defender helps deliver the latest Navigation mapping.
Intelligent learning allows the navigation system to identify routes owners use regularly, even without inputting a destination, and use this information to inform drivers of the fastest route to their likely destination based on current traffic conditions. If a faster route becomes available, Pivi Pro will propose this as an alternative.1
Greater personalisation with new Exterior Packs
Customers can now choose from three new exterior design packs. The Bright Pack, Extended Bright Pack and Extended Black Pack further extend the personalisation potential of the New Defender.
The Bright Pack features a Noble Chrome finish for the front and rear skid pans, plus a Noble Chrome front grille bar and badging. The Extended Bright Pack adds Ceres Silver to the lower body cladding and wheel arches.
The new Extended Black Pack provides a Gloss Black finish for the front and rear skid pans, front grille bar, bonnet chequer finisher, badging, lower body cladding and wheel arches for a stealthy and purposeful appearance.
The 2022 Defender model range will go on sale in the U.K. in summer 2021.
1 Do not use Land Rover InControl® or Pivi Pro features under conditions that will affect your safety or safety of others. Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. Land Rover InControl has a number of purchasing options that are available. As we systematically roll out the Land Rover InControl suite of products, specific features, options and its availability remain market dependent. Certain Pivi Pro features use an embedded SIM card, may require a data plan with separate terms and conditions, and an additional subscription after an initial term. Mobile connectivity cannot be guaranteed in all locations. The Land Rover InControl AppsTM and Land Rover RemoteTM smartphone apps will work with AndroidTM devices from version 4.1 and Apple® devices from iOS V7.0 and must be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Please see your local authorised Land Rover Retailer for more details.
2 Always follow local speed limits.
3 These features are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention, and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions. The driver should not assume that these features will correct errors of judgment in driving. Please consult your owner’s manual or your local authorised Land Rover Retailer for more details.
4 Customers who wear varifocal or bifocal lenses may have issues adjusting to the mirror’s digital mode. The normal mirror mode, however, can be used at any time. This feature is not a substitute for safe and attentive driving, and driver should not assume that it will correct errors of judgment in driving. Consult the owner’s manual for more details.