Land Rover Defender with booming V8 coming to rattle the Mercedes-AMG G63- reports
The Land Rover Defender could be set for a significant engine upgrade, with reports a prototype powered by a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 has been spied testing in the UK.
That's the word from London, where AutoCar is reporting a fire-breathing prototype, complete with booming quad exhaust - has been spotted.
In fact, the publication's sleuths went as far as checking the registration data for the car they spotted, and discovered it was packing a 4999cc engine, believed to be the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 used in Range Rover's SVR products.
In the Range Rover Velar AVAutobiography, that engine produces a whopping 405kW and 680Nm, which is plenty, and would mark a serious increase on the current most powerful engine - the 3.0-litre turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine - which pumps out 294kW/550Nm.
That said, production of that 5.0-litre V8 is coming to an end, and so it's more likely Land Rover are using it as a base test, with the more likely engine to be the big 5.0-litre's replacement, thought to be a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 borrowed from BMW.
Still, with the project yet to be confirmed, it's conjecture at this point. But it would seem the smart money is on a monstrous Defender being in the making.