Land Rover launched the new Defender V8 a few weeks ago. But according to rumors, the English firm is working on an even more extreme variant of the all-terrain SUV.
This new version should come from the SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) department of the Jaguar Land Rover group. Without confirming the model, however, SVO boss Michael van der Sande told Car Sales that the new Defender V8 does not carry any SV badge because it does not have the “number of engineering changes you would expect from an SV product”.
“Our strategy is to remain faithful to the character of the vehicle that we are developing”, said van der Sande. “It’s really important to me. When you just add a touch of sportiness to a car you’re working on, sometimes you end up with a really good car, sometimes you end up with a really inconsistent car ”. Land Rover wants to avoid this kind of situation.
Really sporty, or really off-road?
The British company has not yet confirmed the direction it will take with a Defender even more violent than the “simple” V8, but it could take inspiration from the Discovery SVX concept that was unveiled in 2017. This vehicle was equipped with ” long-travel shock absorbers, off-road tires, with a generous ride height enhanced and a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 developing 500 horsepower and 625 Nm of torque.
Jaguar Land Rover intended to put the Defender SVX into production, but van der Sande has since revealed that he and SVO chief engineer Jamal Hameedi, had abandoned the project because they had too much to do at the time and had to reduce SVO’s activities. But the latest information leads us to believe that such a version could finally arrive. Case to follow.