Land Rover Defender V8 Spied Testing Again At The Nurburgring Test Facility

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K. Jetly 

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March 2, 2021  at 6:54 AM

The second time around Land Rover Defender has been caught testing with their new Germany sourced V8 and this time at the Nurburgring. Would it be as evil as the Range Rover Sport SVR? We are keeping our fingers crossed.

The Land Rover Defender hasn’t still reached US soils due to the difficulties faced because of the pandemic that is COVID-19 but the bookings are still on. The defender took a long while to be back, the Land Rovers ultimate offroad legend. But before anyone could catch-up with its inline-4s, dealers in North America are already waiting for its V8 model to appear. It has since then caught or spied in Europe getting tested rigorously.

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The most recent one was seen putting paces up at the Nurburgring. It is still very eerie to see such a capable off-road vehicle take on the track. But Land Rover’s are known well to do their SUVs performance-ready (Range Rover Sport SVR) which should have been a good learning bench for this new baby with the V8. And if some company takes on Nurburgring they are pretty sure about what they are doing.

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The car spied this time was different from one that was spied previously. The one spied hardly had any exterior changes to suggest the “V8” credentials. All it had was a quad exhaust, all-blacked out treatment, and big brakes with massive calipers.

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And as it comes out to be the after a long detachment from BMW as a parent brand Land Rover is back full circle and will most likely be using the BMW’s 4.4L V8. Which will be confirmed later, but the sources are pretty right these days.

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The engine in its top tune would be putting out 617 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. But the Defender will be getting a little relaxed tune. Somewhere around 500 hp would get it close enough to the G63 AMG, its old-time rival. In terms of performance though, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT will sure come out as one of the top rivals for this upcoming Defender.

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It almost seems like the prototype is ready to hit production, but we won’t be able to see it on sale before the second half of 2021. V8 option on the two-door Defender 90 would be the worthy pick when it arrives. Currently, the Land Rover Defender doesn't exactly have direct rivals in the standard avatar except for Jeep's Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. However, with the massive popularity that the recently launched Ford Bronco has received, we wouldn't count out this debutant Ford as one of the rivals for the Land Rover.