Surprisingly, Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division apparently isn’t involved with the Defender V8 project. Instead, the project is an “offshoot of the existing Defender engineering operation”. As a result, don’t expect the power output to match the 567-hp Range Rover Sport SVR, but tuned to produce around 500 hp. The V8 unit is also likely to be paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox by ZF. This setup would make the V8 Defender a potential threat to the Mercedes-AMG G63. With 577 hp on tap, the AMG G63 has more power, but it’s a lot heavier than the Defender.
Along with the quad-exhaust system, the V8 Defender will be distinguished by larger wheels, a lower ride height, and a more aggressive exterior. Considering that the range-topping 2020 Land Rover Defender already starts at $80,000, there’s a good chance the V8 Defender will cost over $100,000 when it arrives in late 2021.