Land Rover Defender prototype with V8 engine spotted at Nurburgring

Land Rover Defender prototype with V8 engine spotted at Nurburgring

August 25, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

Automotbile publications have published photos with a test prototype of the Land Rover Defender SUV with a V8 engine. At the moment, there is no exact data on what exactly this engine will be. The prototype of the novelty passed high-speed tests at the Nürburgring race track.

Having seen the upcoming Land Rover Defender SUV with a V8 engine under the hood several times in spy photos, we can finally hear the sound of this powerful powertrain. A new video courtesy of the Auto Addiction YouTube channel gives us a more in-depth look at the performance of this version of the SUV.

It is also important to note that this is our first encounter with a prototype two-door V8 Defender. Previous test cars, most of which were caught at the German Nürburgring racetrack, had a four-door body like this test car.

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While it’s not a powerful SUV in the spirit of, say, a BMW X3 M, the Defender V8 in this video looks pretty quick and nimble.

It handles corners with confidence despite significant body roll and noticeable understeer. The relatively high profile tires are not particularly suitable for use on the racetrack.

It is rumored that Land Rover will use a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 from BMW, but this has not yet been confirmed. There are also reports that the British company is about to ditch its outdated 5.0-liter V8 engine.

If the information proves to be correct, we expect the 4.4 V8 to be tuned to around 500 horsepower. With such performance, the Defender V8 will be a worthy competitor to the Mercedes-AMG G63 SUV.

This new spy video confirms that the Defender’s 90 and 110 SUVs will also receive a powerful V8 engine. The debut of such versions of the model is expected in the first half of next year, and sales will begin several months later.

Not so long ago, our publication wrote that for the first time the interior of the updated Land Rover Discovery SUV was captured. Western publications have published photos from tests of the prototype of the Land Rover Discovery version of the 2021 model year. The interior of the facelifted British SUV houses a large infotainment screen and a new steering wheel.