Land Rover Defender OCTA Introduced With BMW-Sourced Engine

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Land Rover has introduced a powerful and fast new model to its Defender lineup, called the OCTA. This exciting addition is set to make its first public appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next weekend.

The Defender OCTA stands out from other models with its increased height and wider stance. Specifically, it sits 28 mm higher and has a 68 mm wider track. This model boasts longer and more robust wishbones to enhance wheel movement and features Land Rover’s latest 6D Dynamics suspension system. This advanced suspension includes hydraulically connected, continuously variable semi-active dampers that help reduce body roll and pitching on roads while also boosting wheel articulation for off-road adventures.

Land Rover Defender OCTA

One of the notable features of the OCTA is its ability to automatically detect the type of surface it’s driving on, adjusting the vehicle settings for optimal performance. Drivers can also manually tweak the steering, throttle, and suspension to suit their preferences. There’s a special new driving mode called ‘OCTA’ that includes an Off-Road Launch control and modified ABS to improve handling on loose terrains. The vehicle also retains the familiar Terrain Response modes found in other Defenders, such as Sand, Mud and Ruts, Grass Gravel Snow, and Rock Crawl settings.

Inside, the Defender OCTA offers some luxurious upgrades. It comes with two new Ultrafabric options and, as a standard feature, includes Burnt Sienna semi-aniline leather paired with Kvadrat textile trim. Land Rover has designed new seats for this model and installed a state-of-the-art audio system that enhances the listening experience for front passengers, allowing them to feel the music as well as hear it.

2025 Land Rover Defender OCTA

The most impressive feature of the Defender OCTA is its engine. Unlike the current Defender V8, which uses a supercharged 5.0-liter V8, the OCTA is powered by a BMW-sourced 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with mild-hybrid technology. This engine produces 626 horsepower and 750 Nm of torque, which can increase to 800 Nm with launch control activated. The vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 96 km/h in just 3.8 seconds or to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds, making it the fastest Defender ever.

Despite its remarkable on-road speed, the Defender OCTA remains true to its roots, focusing on off-road capability and durability. Its striking stance sets it apart from other Defender models. It features 33-inch Goodyear Advanced All-Terrain tires, flared wheel arches, a redesigned front fascia, and a new rear bumper with quad tailpipes. All OCTA models come with a two-tone paint scheme, featuring a Narvik Black roof and tailgate, and owners can choose to add a matte protection film to the body.

LR Defender OCTA

In the U.S., the starting price for the Land Rover Defender OCTA is $152,000. However, the first year of production will exclusively offer the Defender OCTA Edition One variant, which starts at $167,800.

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