Defender to launch twin-turbo V8 hybrid hero

Original British adventure brand Defender, which is part of the Land Rover group, will introduce a new high-performance, all-terrain hero in 2024. Dubbed the OCTA, it’s powered by a twin-turbo V8, with a mild hybrid.

The new flagship Defender will be the toughest, most capable and luxurious model in the line-up, charting new territory for the brand. 6D Dynamics air suspension will deliver unparalleled breadth of capability, comfort and composure, whether on-road or off-road.

The technology features an innovative pitch and roll control system that will enable it to maintain a near-level stance during acceleration, braking and cornering on-road, while also maximising independent wheel travel and articulation across demanding off-road terrain.

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Reflecting the vehicle’s luxury credentials, a diamond’s octahedron shape inspires the new OCTA name – diamond being the hardest naturally occurring substance on Earth, renowned for its rarity.

A new encircled diamond graphic symbolizes the flagship Defender model. It features on a number of interior and exterior components, including as a gloss black diamond within a machined and sandblasted titanium disc on each signature graphic panel.

Titanium has also been chosen for its robustness and resilience to the elements in its natural state. Significantly, the OCTA has subjected to the most extreme testing and development programme in Defender history.

Three years in development, it has undergone more than 13,960 additional tests, on top of the standard Defender testing regime, including high-performance handling and durability at Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife, and wet asphalt at Ladoux in France.

It’s been tested on ice in Sweden, arduous rally raid stages at Lastours in France, sand deserts in Dubai, plus Moab rock crawls in Utah, USA. It has also conquered every extreme trail at JLR’s legendary Eastnor test facility in the UK.

The Defender OCTA will be revealed globally on 3 July 2024. Less than 100 examples will come to Australia in its first production year. More details, including final specifications and pricing, will be available following its launch.

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