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Defender OCTA unveiled

Its the ultimate Defender and the most powerful yet featuring a 4.4-litre Twin Turbo mild-hybrid V8 producing 467kW and up to 750Nm1 of torque, with 0-100km/h acceleration in just 4.0 seconds

The top of the range Land Rover Defender OCTA (a diamond’s octahedron shape inspires the new OCTA name – diamond being the hardest naturally occurring substance on Earth) has been unveiled.

The exterior is bolder and tougher than ever, with a distinct character. The ride height is raised, its stance widened, and wheel arches extended for incredible presence. Redesigned bumpers give improved approach and departure angles, while tough underbody protection gives drivers the confidence to explore further over rough terrain.

A new rear bumper incorporating a four-exit active exhaust system, tough underbody protection including an aluminium alloy front under shield with graphite finish and exposed Phosphor Bronze-finished front and rear recovery points. The tough luxury of Defender OCTA is epitomised by Defender OCTA Edition One, which is available in the first year of production. It features a curated specification, finished in an exclusive new Faroe Green paint colour with a Khaki and Ebony UltrafabricsTM PU and seam-less 3D Knit interior, new Chopped Carbon Fibre detailing, and 20-inch forged alloy wheels with a choice of all-terrain or optional specially developed Advanced All-Terrain Tyres.

The front row of Defender OCTA features all-new Performance Seats with more supportive bolsters and integrated headrests. Two highly durable UltrafabricsTM PU options – 30 per cent lighter than traditional leather – are available. This seat finish is standard on Defender OCTA Edition One, in duo-tone Khaki and Ebony, with a 3D-knit textile and reductive, seamless finish.

The Body and Soul Seat has been developed in collaboration with music industry experts SUBPAC and Coventry University, allowing the driver and front passenger to feel, as well as hear, the music. Six wellness programmes are also available to help relax occupants or help improve cognitive responses on the move, depending on their preference.

New Defender OCTA’s dynamic capabilities go beyond what any Defender has achieved before, with the introduction of hydraulically-interlinked 6D Dynamics suspension technology for the first time on a Defender, alongside extensive hardware and geometry changes. Uniquely, it’s designed to be as fun to drive on-road as off-road, with no compromises. Defender OCTA sits 28mm higher and has a stance widened by 68mm, for superior ground clearance and stability. To ensure unparalleled confidence and control on any terrain, with both maximum wheel articulation off-road and reduced roll on-road, revised suspension components include longer and tougher wishbones, and unique active dampers with separate accumulators. It also features uprated 400mm front brake discs with Brembo calipers and the fastest steering ratio of any Defender to date, for immediate, precise, responses.

Powered by a 4.4-litre Twin Turbo mild-hybrid V8 engine, the OCTA model is the most extreme and most powerful Defender yet, with 467kW and up to 750Nm 1 of torque enabling 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.0 seconds). Top speed is 250km/h when fitted with 22-inch lightweight alloy wheels and all-season tyres.

New Defender OCTA order books will officially open soon with indicative pricing from R3,499,100 in South Africa.

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