Land Rover over the past year has been testing prototypes for an extended Defender capable of accommodating up to eight people, and the latest tester was found to be likely equipped with the Defender’s available V-8.
Clearly visible at the back is a exhaust pipe with four ends, exclusively for the Defender’s V-8 option. The engine produced for 2022 is Jaguar Land Rover’s familiar 5.0-liter turbocharged V-8, in the Defender for 518 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque.
In the two-door Defender 90 and the four-door Defender 110, the engine is combined with four-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic. It allows both vehicles to accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in about five seconds and the top speed reaches 150 miles per hour. Expect the same performance for the Defender to last long when equipped with the V-8.
The extended defender will be denoted as Defender 130, and the extra length will come from the extended tail section. The wheelbase will actually be the same as on the Defender 110, about 119 inches.
It is expected to launch later this year, meaning we will likely see it to dealers in the form of a 2023 model year. Prices will likely start well north of $100,000. The 2022 Defender 110 with V-8 starts at $101,750, including destinations.
Looking further afield, there may be more Defender variants. The possibilities include a more luxurious model, as well as a pickup body style.