Land Rover Defender OCTA: High tech off-roader teased

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The OCTA promises to be the fastest, toughest and most capable Defender yet when it launches later this year

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McLaren-style chassis technology in a Land Rover Defender? Not what we were expecting, but with the forthcoming Defender OCTA, that’s exactly what Land Rover will offer.

Due to be unveiled later this year, the OCTA will be the most powerful Defender yet thanks to the use of a twin-turbocharged V8. Specifics haven’t been announced yet, but expect this to be related to the BMW-derived 4.4-litre unit in the Range Rover Sport SV, where it generates 467kW and 800Nm.

If the OCTA uses the same state of tune, that would put it 80kW and 175Nm ahead of the current most powerful Defender V8, which uses JLR’s ubiquitous 5-litre supercharged unit.

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aria-label="Land Rover Defender OCTA teasers 2"To harness the extra power, the OCTA will utilise Land Rover’s 6D Dynamics suspension that first appeared on the Sport SV.

With hydraulically-interlinked dampers (similar to what you’ll find in a McLaren 750S), the system can precisely control pitch and roll at all corners and does away with traditional anti-roll bars.

The interlinked dampers bring benefits in performance and ride quality, and could also give the Defender OCTA even more off-road capability than the standard car. Land Rover claims that 6D Dynamics enables maximum independent wheel travel and articulation, allowing the Defender to find extra traction over rough terrain.

aria-label="Land Rover Defender OCTA teasers 5"aria-label="Land Rover Defender OCTA teasers 2"Cosmetically, the OCTA will feature diamond-style graphics on the exterior and interior, with the Defender’s side-window panel gaining a machined titanium trim piece.

Expect the new model to debut later this year, following an extensive development programme that includes snow and ice driving in Sweden, warm-weather testing in Dubai and laps of the Nürburgring.

As for how much it will cost, the current most expensive Defender 130 P500 is $258,170. Expect the OCTA to command a significantly higher asking price, especially given that the technically related Range Rover Sport SV comes in at $360,900.

Yousuf Ashraf & Auto Daily

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