10 days ago Jaguar Land Rover new boss, Thierry Bolloré announced Land Rover would bring us six pure electric variants through its three families of Range Rover, Discovery and Defender… well this 525HP supercharged Defender isn’t one of them.
That said, it is the most powerful production Defender ever to grace the tarmac or mud if you fancy a change; 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds, 149mph top speed (Defender 90) – impressive!
If you’ve got the odd 100K spare, it’s available as a two door ’90’ version and four-door long-wheel base 110′ option for the dogs, or mother-in-law to enjoy the ride. It’s no slouch either, accelerating from 0-60mph in under 5 seconds (0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds) with a top speed of 149mph (240km/h)… and if you happen to be interested, its fuel consumption is ‘up’ to, yes we said ‘up’ to 19.5mpg (14.5l/100km) with CO2 emissions from 327g/km** which is, at best, woeful.
For those not using the new Defender as a ‘school runner’, its off-road capabilities are better than ever with larger-diameter and solid anti-roll bars to help reduce body roll when tackling those difficult streets, while the unique Electronic Active Rear Differential introduces a Yaw Controller that allows fine control of the Defender V8’s cornering attitude as it reaches and exceeds the limit of grip.
Iain Gray, Senior Manager, Powertrain Advanced Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said:
“The 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine further enhances the unique character of the Defender. It sounds fantastic and delivers incredible performance – providing new levels of driver appeal. Our engineering focus has been to optimise powertrain calibration for Defender to deliver both responsive on-road performance and fine control off-road – all without compromising Defender’s unstoppable all-terrain capability and wading ability.”
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Inside is a nice place to be too with the introduction of more tasteful decor plus the heated and electric memory seats are finished in an optional Khaki Grained Leather, while the Cross Car Beam has a Light Grey powder coat brushed finish.
Outside, customers can now choose from three new exterior design packs. The Bright Pack, Extended Bright Pack and Extended Black Pack further extend the personalisation potential of New Defender. Available on all Defender models, the Bright Pack features a Noble Chrome finish for the front and rear skid plates, plus a Noble Chrome Grille bar and badging. The Extended Bright Pack adds Ceres Silver to the lower body cladding and wheel arches.
There’s a decent dollop of bling too with bespoke exterior badging, ‘quad exhausts’ with distinctive tailpipes and unique 22-inch alloy wheels with a Satin Dark Grey finish. Oh, and get this, it’s also got those flash Xenon Blue brake calipers on the front…
Last but not least we must tell you about the Pivi Pro infotainment available with an optional larger and even more annoying 11.4-inch touchscreen* for the first time. The new interface is 60 per cent larger than the standard screen, making it even easier to follow navigation route guidance which is good.
We like it, but once again, its a thirsty beast and will cost you from £98,505 for the 90 and £101,150 OTR for the 110 in the UK.
**All fuel consumption and CO2 data quoted above relates to Official EU-WLTP TEL Combined Test Figures for five-seat derivatives. The figures provided are as a result of the official manufacturer’s tests in accordance with EU legislation. For comparison purposes only. Real-world figures may differ. CO2 and fuel economy figures may vary according to factors such as driving styles, environmental conditions, load and accessories.