Don’t look at the Land Rover Defender as a standalone vehicle. It is in addition an image builder for Land Rover and a much needed one as well. For a while Range Rover has snapped up all the attention from the fashionista media. Since the demise of the original Defender five years ago now, poor old Land Rover has had to subsist on the thin gruel provided by the unremarkable Discovery Sport and visually charmless Discovery. The Defender’s job is to sprinkle stardust on them, and sprinkler-in-chief is the new V8 version.
For this is a car nobody needs. If your requirements are simply for a fast Defender could I commend to you the quite excellent plug-in hybrid version which will still break six seconds to 60mph but cost a fraction both to buy and run. It is a far better car.
This won’t trouble Defender V8 prospects at all for they don’t want the best Defender, they want the one that will make them feel best about themselves, and that is a different matter. In such affairs a 5-litre supercharged V8 will trump a 2-litre turbo hybrid four every day of the week, month and year.