V8-Powered Land Rover Defender Will Rival The Mercedes-AMG G63

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.

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