For Land Rover Defender customers yearning for a burly V8 opposed to the SUV lineups’s current plug-in hybrid, petrol and diesel powered V6 options, well, that time has come. The classic off-roader was known for its proven eight cylinder engine, now Land Rover builds on this heritage with the 2022 Defender V8, including a pair exclusive models including the V8 Carpathian Edition and Defender V8 XS Edition in the mix. Plus a set of new exterior styling packs and improved Pivi Pro upgrade across the entire lineup.
If you’re still fan of the old-school 4×4, check out this recently released Defender Works V8 Trophy.
Fastest and most powerful production Defender
Both the 2022 Defender 90 and 110 will find a new 517-hp supercharged 5.0L V8 engine under the hood, propelling the 90 model from 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds while hitting a top speed of 149mph. That solidifies the compact SUV as the fastest and most powerful production Defender ever made.
2022 Defender V8 Carpathian Edition
Building on the 2022 Defender V8 is the new exclusive Carpathian Edition with a nice list of stealthy cosmetic tweaks, including:
Carpathian Grey exterior finished in Land Rover’s Satin Protective Film
Narvik Black contrast roof and hood
A new tail hood (a Defender first)
Bespoke V8 Carpathian Edition badging finishes
Satin Black towing eyes
Xenon Blue brake callipers
This special edition’s interior remains the same as the Defender V8 with an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, suede cloth seats, and illuminated treadplates.
2022 Defender V8 XS Edition
Replacing the Defender First Edition, the new XS Edition also gets the V8, sits above the SE models, and comes in both 90 and 110 flavours. A clean-looking version with body-coloured lower cladding and lower wheel arches housing 20-inch grey wheels, the XS Edition will come in four exterior colours including two silver varieties, a stone colour, and classic black.
Some new additions to the 2022 Defender lineup
Also new for 2022 across the Defender lineup is an upgrade to Land Rover’s Pivi Pro infotainment, most notably an improved WiFi setups with a better signal booster, and optional wireless device charging.
Three new exterior packs also arrive for 2022, including:
|The Bright Pack||adds chrome finishes and front and rear skid plates|
|Extended Bright Pack||adds silver to the lower body cladding and wheel arches|
|Extended Black Pack||adds gloss black finish front and rear skid plates, grille bar, bonnet chequer finisher, badging, lower body cladding and wheel arches|