Land Rover unveils Defender OCTA: Tougher and more powerful

In a remarkable leap forward for the iconic British adventure brand, the new Land Rover Defender OCTA has been unveiled, setting a new standard for toughness, capability, and luxury in the 4×4 family. This new model, an evolution of the Defender 110, promises unparalleled performance both on and off-road.

Land Rover Defender OCTA

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At the heart of the Defender OCTA is a 4.4-litre Twin Turbo mild-hybrid V8 engine, the most potent powerplant ever installed in a Defender. With 644 hp and up to 750Nm of torque, it rockets from zero to 100 km/h in just under four seconds. This power is harnessed through an innovative 6D Dynamics suspension system, which enhances both on-road agility and off-road prowess.

Land Rover Defender OCTA

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The Defender OCTA’s exterior exudes strength and character. It features a raised ride height, widened stance, and extended wheel arches for an imposing presence. Redesigned bumpers and robust underbody protection ensure it can tackle the roughest terrains, while its wading capability extends to an impressive one meter of water.

Land Rover Defender OCTA

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Defender OCTA Edition One, available in the first year of production, epitomizes luxury with exclusive Faroe Green paint, a Khaki and Ebony Ultrafabrics™ PU interior, and 20-inch forged alloy wheels with advanced all-terrain tires. This special edition underscores the blend of rugged durability and refined elegance that defines the new model.

Land Rover Defender OCTA

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The Defender OCTA also features a suite of advanced technologies. Its hydraulically interlinked 6D Dynamics suspension virtually eliminates body roll on-road and maximizes wheel articulation off-road. Enhanced braking with 400mm front discs and Brembo calipers, along with the fastest steering ratio of any Defender, ensures precise handling and control.

Land Rover Defender OCTA

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Tested through a bespoke program with over 13,960 additional tests, the Defender OCTA has proven its durability in the most extreme conditions. It is designed to be as enjoyable on winding roads as on challenging trails, with unique drive modes that optimize performance for any surface.

Land Rover Defender OCTA

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New design elements include 33-inch Goodyear Advanced All-Terrain tires, extended wheel arches, and a distinctive grille for improved airflow. The Defender OCTA also boasts an active exhaust system and underbody protection with Phosphor Bronze-finished recovery points.

Land Rover Defender OCTA

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Inside, the Defender OCTA offers luxurious options like Burnt Sienna semi-aniline leather or Ultrafabrics PU. The front row features Performance Seats with integrated headrests and Body and Soul Seat audio technology, developed in collaboration with SUBPAC and Coventry University, for an immersive sound experience.

Mark Cameron, Managing Director of Defender, proudly states, “With New Defender OCTA, we have unlocked the full potential of Defender. It is a testament to our engineering excellence, combining powerful performance, groundbreaking technology, and exquisite finishes.”

Land Rover Defender OCTA

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For those wondering, the Defender OCTA’s name is inspired by the octahedral shape of diamonds, symbolizing strength, resilience, and rarity. This theme is reflected in its design, with a signature encircled diamond graphic adorning each vehicle.

The Defender OCTA will officially debut at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed. Only time will tell whether it will come to the Philippines.

Carlos Miguel Divino

Carlos Miguel Divino

Carlos has lived and breathed cars his entire life. His abundant wealth of knowledge, extensive seat time on the world's best driving roads, and unsatiable curiosity for anything with wheels all mesh together to produce works of passion. IG: @cmdrives.ph Email: [email protected]

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