Two-door Land Rover Defender 90 will receive a V8 engineNovember 6, 2020
The “base” V8 Land Rover Defender 90 will outperform the two-door Ford Bronco by almost 250 horsepower.
The all-new Land Rover Defender is in high demand. Land Rover’s supply chain, like some automakers, has experienced disruptions due to the pandemic, resulting in some delays. The situation is now better controlled, but demand for the Defender is still very strong, despite the fact that a new contender has emerged this summer – the Ford Bronco. While the Bronco will compete primarily with the Jeep Wrangler, Land Rover also sees it as a competitor to the Defender.
According to information received from foreign publications, the two-door Defender, also known as Short Wheelbase (SWB), will receive a V8 engine in two different versions. One will be the main engine for the “regular” Defender SWB 90 line, and the second will be the more powerful version for the Defender SWB under the SVR brand.
Recently, spy shots have surfaced of what appears to be a prototype Long Wheelbase (LWB) V8-powered Defender. But only now there is information that the two-door Defender will also receive V8 power. Providing a 2-door SUV will have the same engine options as a 4-door SUV will be easy, but, as always, it comes down to predicted market demand.
Given that Ford expects high popularity from the two-door Bronco, Land Rover must respond. In addition, the most powerful Bronco engine available is the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 twin-turbo engine producing 310 horsepower. Land Rover will likely opt for the reliable supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine with 557 or 575 hp, the latter for the SVR.
In fact, the “base” Defender V8 will offer approximately 247 hp. more than Bronco. For SUV buyers looking for a two-door vehicle with maximum power, Land Rover’s offer is certainly enticing. In addition, a Defender version with an Ingenium inline-six engine is also on the way, as well as a Defender P400e plug-in hybrid with an estimated 398bhp, due in 2022.
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