Unleashing the Beast: Land Rover Defender V8 Carpathian Edition

Land Rover’s Defender V8 Carpathian Edition is more than just a vehicle; it’s a powerful statement in the world of off-road prowess and luxury SUVs. Leisure Wheels’ off-road adventurer, Oliver Keohane, recently took this beast for a spin, exploring its capabilities and uncovering why it might become a sought-after classic in the future.

Defender 90 V8 Carpathian Edition Highlights:

  • Price: R2,882,600
  • Engine: Supercharged, 5.0-liter V8
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive
  • Power: 386 kW @ 6,000 r/min
  • Torque: 625 N.m @ 2,500-5,500 r/min
  • Top Speed: 240 km/h
  • 0-100 km/h: 5.2 seconds (Claimed)
  • Fuel Consumption: 12.8 L/100 km (Claimed)
  • Braked Towing Capacity: 3,500 kg
  • Luggage Space: 297 – 1,263 L
  • CO2: 290 g/km
  • Rivals: Mercedes-AMG G63

Driving the Defender V8 Carpathian Edition:

Oliver describes the Land Rover Defender 90 V8 Carpathian Grey Edition as not just a car you need but the one you want, especially after experiencing its prowess on the road. Powered by a snarly Supercharged V8 petrol engine, this Defender stands out with 22-inch 5-spoke Gloss Black wheels, making a bold statement wherever it goes. While it may be a two-and-a-half-tonne two-door truck, it reaches an impressive top speed of 240 km/h, embodying the role of a Bond Villain Car in the 25th James Bond film, “No Time To Die.”

Significance of the Defender 90 V8:

This Defender holds historical significance as it marks the final model released by Jaguar Land Rover featuring the 5.0-liter Supercharged V8 petrol engine. With the introduction of a new 4.4-liter Twin-Turbo engine sourced from BMW, this Defender stands as one of the last in its kind. Its uniqueness lies not only in its powerful engine but also in its packaging – a formidable off-roader with a rare luxury of a Supercharged V8 engine.

Driving Experience:

Driving the Defender V8 is described as “stupidly fun.” The Supercharged V8 engine delivers exhilarating power, urging the driver to explore its potential. With a top speed of 240 km/h, this Defender is designed for a thrilling and wonderfully comfortable drive. Despite its performance-oriented engine, it doesn’t compromise on off-road capabilities, equipped with advanced technologies such as high and low-range transfer case, electronic active differential, and a reliable air suspension system.

Interior and Features:

The interior boasts luxury with 14-way adjustable front seats, heating and cooling capabilities, a heated suede-accented steering wheel, and tri-zone climate control. The 10-inch touchscreen Pivi Pro infotainment system adds a modern touch to the rugged SUV, recognized as one of the top systems in the premium SUV category. Safety features include surround-view cameras, six airbags, and emergency autonomous braking.


In Oliver’s verdict, the Defender 90 V8 Carpathian Edition stands out as a luxury SUV cooler than most. Its unique combination of a powerful 5.0-liter V8 engine, off-road capabilities, and opulent features makes it a rare and collectible model. As the automotive landscape shifts towards hybrid and downsized engines, owning or having driven a Defender with 5.0 liters of V8 power becomes a distinctive luxury. The Defender V8 is not just a car; it’s an experience, and Oliver loved every bit of it.