The 2022 Land Rover Defender will soon have the option of a powerful new 5.0-litre supercharged V8 – as part of a broader range expansion – the British brand has confirmed.
While previous generations of the Land Rover Defender have had V8 power, this is the first with supercharged grunt, making it the most powerful Defender of all time – in its 73-year history.
It's a sizeable jump from the output of the original Defender V8 introduced in 1983, which had just 67kW.
Known as the 'P525', the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 in the new Land Rover Defender pumps out 386kW (525 metric horsepower, thus its name) and 625Nm.
That’s enough to launch the three-door Defender 90 from 0-100km/h in a claimed 5.2 seconds, or the heavier five-door 110 in a claimed 5.4 seconds. Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and, with the optional 22-inch alloys, both models max out at 240km/h.
The V8 variant – priced from $200,540 plus on-road costs in the 90 or $205,500 in the 110 – also gets a bespoke suspension set-up for improved handling, exclusive exterior badging, quad exhausts, and Xenon Blue front brake callipers clamped around "20-inch discs" (though they appear far smaller in Land Rover's official photos).
The new eight-pot powertrain now joins the line-up alongside a 221kW P300 2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder, 294kW P400 3.0-litre turbo petrol inline-six, 147kW D200 2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder (exclusive to the 90), 183kW D250 3.0-litre turbo diesel six-cylinder, or a 221kW D300 3.0-litre turbo diesel six-cylinder.
Plug-in hybrid and all-electric variants have also been in development for some time – with the former already on sale in Europe – but are yet to be confirmed for the Australian market.
Land Rover has also introduced a new XS Edition trim level, alongside new exterior design packages and an optional new centre-mounted 11.4-inch Pivi Pro infotainment touchscreen (up from 10 inches).
2022 Land Rover Defender Australian pricing
- 90 P300 – $74,640
- 90 D200 – $81,290
- 90 D250 S – $90,450
- 90 P300 S – $83,470
- 90 P400 SE – $100,450
- 90 P400 XS Edition – $110,640 (new)
- 90 P400 X – $141,480
- 90 P525 V8 – $200,540 (new)
- 110 P300 – $76,960
- 110 D250 – $82,590
- 110 D250 S – $91,220
- 110 P400 S – $92,360
- 110 D300 SE – $ 96,780
- 110 P400 SE – $103,800
- 110 P400 XS Edition – $113,580 (new)
- 110 D300 X-Dynamic HSE – $113,980
- 110 P400 X-Dynamic HSE – $120,480
- 110 D300 X – $143,190
- 110 P400 X – $145,290
- 110 P525 V8 – $205,500 (new)
Note: All prices listed above exclude on-road costs.