Land Rover is testing a V8 engine of the Defender to launch this version next year.
The latest photos reveal four tailpipes with squared-off outlets and a massive muffler between them. The eight-cylinder will join the four- and six-cylinders currently available for the Defender.
We still don’t know which V8 will be mounted on the Land Rover Defender, and what is its power output. Some sources assume it will be BMW’s twin-turbo 4.4-liter mill that develops 617 hp (460 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) on BMWs.
It is unclear so far if the company will offer the V8 engine in both the two-door Defender 90 and the four-door Defender 110. The reveal date is also a matter of conjecture today.
There is one more interesting news about this model. Twisted Automotive (a British company engaged in reengineering of the Defender) has announced an all-electric soft-top Defender 90 for the USA only in limited quantity of 30 units.
This is the luxury variant with upscale interior trim and three color choices (Malibu, Yosemite and Tahoe).
Two versions are available: the $185,000 NAS-E model with 214 hp and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) or the $210,000 NAS-E Plus with 320 hp and 309 lb-ft (420 Nm), both with a 60 kWh battery pack.
The battery enables a 200-mile/322 km driving range; its charging speed is up to 22 kW.
In addition to the Deferder V8, Land Rover is testing the next-gen Range Rover too. A test vehicle has been spotted at the Nürburgring. The model should hit dealerships in late 2021.
It will ride on the MLA platform and possibly get a V8 engine of BMW origin. A plug-in hybrid variant will join, while an all-electric version is under consideration.