Jaco Van Der Merwe
Head of Motoring
5 minute read
25 Nov 2021
8:48 am

Land Rover Defender V8 has the bite to match its bark

Jaco Van Der Merwe

Gloss black finish and blue brake calipers closely resemble the very exclusive Bond Edition.

The Land Rover Defender 90 V8 looks the part.

In the 12 months following the local arrival of the new Land Rover Defender last year, the Solihull-based manufacturer expanded the line-up to cater for just about every taste. Well, almost every taste. After 90 derivatives joined the initial roll-out consisting only of 110s, Dynamic-X models were also thrown into the mix. This saw the local model line-up balloon to just about three dozen. But there was still one glaring omission: a proper performance option. The initial range-topping P400’s output of 294kW/550Nm might suffice for most buyers in the market for generous power. But its mild-hybrid electric assistance means it’s...