And we have liftoff!
Land Rover has been spied hurtling a Defender prototype around the Nürburgring, lifting a wheel in the process.
This could be the rumoured, more hardcore SV variant, judging by the Braid lightweight wheels, larger brakes and wider fender flares, the latter of which points to a wider track.
Outputs for this engine are up to 467kW of power and 750Nm of torque, as seen in the M5 CS, and it’s mated with a ZF-sourced eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.
Even in its lower state of tune, with 390kW and 750Nm, this 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 would put a Defender SV within reach of the ultra-luxurious Mercedes-AMG G63 with 430kW and 850Nm.
For context, the current range-topping Defender P525 V8 is powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 producing 386kW and 625Nm.
This Defender prototype is covered in black-and-white camouflage, and the front and rear appear unchanged from the P525 V8 model.
A production SV would reportedly receive larger air intakes and other lightweight components, and likely command a premium over the P525 V8.
Although this prototype was only spied in five-door 110 bodystyle, it’s possible a Defender SV would also be made available in the three-door 90 bodystyle like the P525 V8.
The current V8 flagship is priced from $220,530 before on-roads in 110 guise. A Mercedes-AMG G63, for context, starts at $314,897 before on-road costs.
This isn’t the only new member of the Defender family that Land Rover is working on.
In March 2021 Land Rover was spied winter testing a longer Defender 130 model with a longer rear overhang for improved luggage space and third-row comfort.
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