Land Rover already has a Defender equipped with a V8, but a more capable version is still in the development phase, possibly wearing an SVX badge and targeting the likes of the Ford Bronco Raptor and Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392.
A prototype for the potential Defender SVX has been spotted for the first time in D90 (two-door) setup. The prototype features the familiar quad-exhaust tips of the regular Defender equipped with a V8, along with widened wheel arches, raised suspension and BFGoodrich all-terrain tires.
It isn’t clear what engine is under the hood, but the Defender already offers Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0L supercharged V8, rated at 518 hp. However, Land Rover has also started offering a BMW-sourced 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 in the Range Rover, rated at 523 hp.
We should know more as development continues. Expect the Defender SVX to land yet this year as a ’24 model.
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