Sneak Peek at Land Rover's Most Powerful Defender

V-8 gas mild-hybrid powertrain is the choice for the Defender Octa due to reach series production later this year.

Paul Myles, European Editor

March 27, 2024

1 Min Read
Defender Octa Mild Hybrid V8
Land Rover Defender Octa V8 undergoing 'most exhaustive testing program'.

Land Rover announces its most powerful utility vehicle yet in the shape of the new Defender Octa boasting a V-8 gasoline powertrain to be officially unveiled later this year.

It claims the flagship model is the toughest, most capable and luxurious model in the lineup. It will feature V-8 twin-turbocharged mild-hybrid power and class-leading 6D Dynamics air suspension, claiming extreme performance across all terrains, available for the first time in the Defender workhorse range.

The hydraulic interlinked 6D Dynamics technology features a pitch and roll control system that will enable Defender Octa to maintain a near-level stance during acceleration, braking and cornering on-road, while also maximizing independent wheel travel and articulation.

On the luxury side of the scales, a diamond octahedron shape inspires the new Octa name to reflect its diamond-hard robust character.

Badging features an encircled diamond graphic that is used on a number of interior and exterior components, including as a gloss-black diamond within a machined and sandblasted titanium disc on each Signature Graphic panel. Titanium has been chosen for its robustness and resilience to the elements in its natural state.

Full production Defender OCTA details will follow the most exhaustive development regime in Defender history, from the snow and ice of Sweden to the Dubai desert, Nürburgring tarmac and Moab rock crawls.

About the Author(s)

Paul Myles

European Editor, Informa Group

Paul Myles is an award-winning journalist based in Europe covering all aspects of the automotive industry. He has a wealth of experience in the field working at specialist, national and international levels.

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