Spy photos have been published with a test prototype of the Land Rover Defender SUV in a more hardcore version with a V8 engine. The camouflaged prototype was captured on the Nurburgring highway.
Despite the small camouflage, a more “hot” version of the Defender was seen with more aggressive design elements hinting at a more powerful engine.
The car is based on the Defender 110 V8, so it has four exhaust pipes peeking out from behind.
However, it seems that the prototype also received an increased ground clearance than usual, plus it has larger wheels and wider wheel arches with expanders. It is also expected to have a wider track.
All this indicates the ability of the SUV to drive on paved roads, although on a flat road it can show its best side. JLR has not yet said what the new version of the SUV will be called, but they say it will not carry the SV or SVX designation. However, it is expected to compete with the Mercedes-AMG G63 after its debut.
A few weeks after the presentation of the Land Rover Defender V8 in 2021, the head of the JLR Special Vehicle Operations division has already hinted at a hardcore version of the SUV with a powerful supercharged V8. Michael van der Sande said that JLR is “a little underrepresented in terms of off-road performance,” meaning that the more hardcore Defender will have improvements beyond just the extra power.