Report: Land Rover Considering More Oomph for Defender

Land Rover Defender 90

The rumor mill is always, always churning. Some stuff turns out to be true, some not, but some reports catch my eye more than others.

Dropping eight cylinders of fury into the two-door version of the Land Rover Defender 90 is something that gets me to perk up. Even if it’s an unconfirmed rumor as of now.

Right now, American Defender buyers get either an inline-six, or soon enough, a turbo-four. Motor Trend is reporting that a V8 could be on the way, possibly available in both the 90 and possibly in a larger Defender 130 that seats eight. An SVR version of the 90 could be available.

MT seems to think the company’s 5.0-liter V8 is too old and that a partnership with BMW might provide the engine.

Dare we dream? V8-power in a short, boxy off-roader? Including in the two-door 90? Could be some fun to be had.

Also, with Jeep having a Wrangler concept with V8 power, could this news further push Ford to plop a V8 in a version of the upcoming Bronco? Maybe the Coyote V8 with a manual?

I have the vapors.

[Image: Jaguar Land Rover]

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