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Land Rover Defender V8 Makes Mzansi Debut

The Land Rover Defender V8
The most potent Land Rover Defender ever made is now available in South Africa.

Quick Facts:

  • Price: From R2,359,300
  • Engine: Supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine
  • Transmission: 8-speed Auto
  • Power/Torque: 386 kW / 625Nm

By Tshidi Malebana

The most potent Land Rover Defender ever made is now available in South Africa. Introducing the new Land Rover Defender V8 Carpathian Edition, the fastest Defender V8 available in both 110 and 90 wheelbase designs. It is finished exclusively in Carpathian Grey, set off by a Narvik Black contrast roof, bonnet, and, for the first time on a New Defender, a tailgate. It is made up of a recyclable PU-based wrap that is applied to the external bodywork to give it a contemporary semi-matte finish that protects it from everything from scratches in parking lots to bramble rash off-road.

The Land Rover Defender V8
Miko Suedecloth and Robustec accents, an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and illuminated treadplates are all part of an exciting interior.

Inside, the Defender seats are covered in Miko Suedecloth with Robustec accents, while the steering wheel is wrapped in Alcantara and the treadplates are illuminated.
The optional Extended Black Pack, for instance, provides a gloss black finish on the front and rear skid plates, grille bar, bonnet chequer finisher, badging, lower body cladding and wheel arches, for a stealthy and purposeful appearance.

The Land Rover Defender V8
The Land Rover Defender V8

Several people dream of owning a Land Rover Defender, and I tend to be among them. As a result of its elegant design and power, it can be related to by anyone. A key feature of this car is that it contains a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, which produces 386 kW and 625 Nm of torque. Power can be provided by combining different types of engines, including petrol, diesel, and advanced plug-in hybrids.

Its eight-speed automatic transmission delivers power to all four wheels, just like all other new Defender models. The new Defender has been created and designed to be the fastest and most engaging production Defender ever, delivering unrivalled agility and driver appeal. In the 110, the manufacturer claims that it is able to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds and then reaches 240km/h, while the 90 reaches 0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds. All the new additions to the Defender result in a unique suspension and transmission tuning that includes bespoke spring and damper rates and an Electronic Active Rear Differential for more engaging handling with better body control.

The exclusive new Defender V8 Carpathian Edition is the ultimate expression of performance, durability and design, and represents the very pinnacle of the Defender range.


Defender 90 V8 R2,359,300
Defender 110 V8 R2,432,900
Defender 90 V8 Carpathian Edition R2,454,700
Defender 110 V8 Carpathian Edition R2,528,300

All prices include VAT but exclude CO2 tax. All Land Rover vehicles come with standard 5-year/100,000km Land Rover Care Warranty and Maintenance Plans.


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