500+BHP Land Rover Defender spotted for the first time
Lots of people have been waiting to see the new Land Rover Defender, and there’s no need to sit in anticipation anymore! The new V8-powered version of the Defender has been known about for a while, but nobody had actually seen it until just now with the new spy shots. It’s thought that the new model will come into the UK showrooms within the next 18 months or so, but for now, we can look at the outside of the new Land Rover that the Special Vehicle Operations team has been working on.
A Look At The Defender SVR
When you first see the Defender SVR, it looks incredibly similar to the Defender 110. It does not appear from the exterior that there have been any modifications. However, that being said, there are some details that are different. For example, the brakes that are fitted to this model are the same size as the previous development we saw and still have six-piston calipers for the front axle. There are also twin-piston units at the rear, so this is something to note. The red brake calipers are nowhere to be seen, so this is a slight change that has been made since the new model has been under development.
But, if you want to know one of the biggest differences that’s been found, all that you need is a license plate check. The Defender prototype was registered as having a 5.0 litre engine. While it has not been officially confirmed, it’s safe to say that it’s likely powered by the supercharged V8 unit that has been used for the Range Rover Sport SVR! This is an exciting development, as it means this Land Rover model could well be the final one to use the marque’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine. It is expected to have a power output over 500bhp, so you’re in for a treat if you love a car with lots of power.
A Little More
If you’re going to be looking towards the performance-focused model, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the new super stiff aluminum intensive platform supposedly makes running the chassis much easier. The engineers working on Land Rover have been adamant about the fact that the Defender SVR will keep much of the off-road ability that the standard model has, so if you’re an off-roader looking at this, don’t be put off!
Some of the exterior changes that are expected, while not known about 100% are the reprofiled bumpers, new alloys measuring 22 inches, and flared wheel arches. Combined, these slight changes are going to have people believing the new Defender is lower to the road when this is not the case at all. Even though the changes are slight, if you’ve got a good eye and you’re thinking of purchasing this car over the 110 model when it appears on the market, you’ll notice a difference!
It is thought that the 110 five-door will be offered as an SVR model, so don’t get your hopes up too high about seeing the new three-door 90 defender this way!
We hope that you’ve found this article helpful and you’re thinking about purchasing your own Land Rover, keep your eye out for new updates.