During the last years, we have seen many preparations based on the original Land Rover Defender that came from different specialties, but all of them revolved around the same pillar and is none other than the replacement of the original engine by a whole V8 block. The English automaker is no stranger to these conversions and therefore is going to satisfy fans of the iconic 4×4 with a high-performance version that is already in the testing phase.
The best evidence of this we have with the recent images that our spy photographers have just sent us from Germany, in which you can see a unit of the new generation Land Rover Defender wearing the “prototype vehicle” badges reserved for mules. of evidence. Although there are no visible changes in the design of the British SUV, the snapshots centered on the rear of it reveal its main secret and that is that the four exhaust outlets cannot go unnoticed.
We are talking about an element that Land Rover only uses in its V8-powered cars so that, to a good understanding, few words suffice. At this point all the focus of attention falls on the 5.0-liter supercharged propeller used by the Range Rover Sport SVR, that is, a mechanic that develops 575 horsepower in this model. However, our spies tell us that JLR’s SVO division is not behind this project, so the Defender is likely to offer lower specs.
In this sense, the Land Rover Defender V8 is expected to offer about 500 horsepower, which will be transmitted to the ground through an eight-speed automatic gearbox supplied by ZF. Despite this loss of performance compared to the aforementioned SVR, the British SUV would be powerful enough to shade the Mercedes-AMG G63, with its eight-cylinder 4.0-liter and 585 HP. Its great asset in this comparison would be weight since the model of the star would be much heavier.
Nor can we lose sight of another possibility and that is that Land Rover has reached an agreement with BMW for the supply of the 4.4-liter V8 Biturbo propellers that the entity of Munich uses in its most powerful M models. However, since the eight-cylinder Defender is not intended to be a product of major series production, but rather a niche, this mechanics would not end up hitting the 4×4’s vain engine.
Last but not least, it is time to talk about another enigma and it is that we do not know if Land Rover will offer this high-performance version in the two available off-road bodies, or if, on the contrary, it will only reach 110 as these images show. In any case, this product is not expected before the end of 2021, as the English firm will prioritize the arrival of plug-in hybrid variants in its range.