Jaguar Land Rover India introduces new Defender OCTA

New Defender OCTA is the most dynamically accomplished Defender ever created, with unmatched breadth of capability and performance both on- and off-road

Powered by a 4.4 l Twin Turbo mild-hybrid V8 engine, the OCTA model is the most extreme and most powerful Defender ever, with 467 kW and up to 750 Nm of torque enabling 0-100 km/h in 4.0 s. Heavily revised chassis components with innovative technologies, including 6D Dynamics suspension, ensure its dynamic capabilities are taken to new heights.

The exterior is bolder and tougher than ever, with a distinct character. The ride height is raised, its stance widened, and wheel arches extended for incredible presence. Redesigned bumpers give improved approach and departure angles, while tough underbody protection gives drivers the confidence to explore further over rough terrain. It will wade deeper than any production Defender before it too – through up to one metre of water.

Mark Cameron, Managing Director, Defender, said: “With New Defender OCTA we have been able to unlock the full potential of Defender. It is the very definition of breadth of capability, and a testament to what we can achieve utilising the very best technologies and talents within our engineering division. With its powerful V8 engine, ground-breaking 6D Dynamics suspension technology, exquisite finishes and unique detailing, it is rare, incredibly tough and inherently desirable.”

New Defender OCTA’s name is derived from the toughest and most desirable mineral on earth – a diamond – and the octahedral shape that gives their distinctive appearance and durability. This shape also inspired the new signature graphic, which denotes it as the flagship Defender – strong and resilient, yet striking, rare and desirable. Every Defender OCTA wears a new encircled diamond graphic, including a gloss black diamond within a machined and sandblasted titanium disc on each Signature Graphic panel.

The tough luxury of Defender OCTA is epitomised by Defender OCTA Edition One, which is available in the first year of production. It features a curated specification, finished in an exclusive new Faroe Green paint colour with a Khaki and Ebony Ultrafabrics PU and seam-less Knit interior, new Chopped Carbon Fibre detailing, and 50.80 cm (20) forged alloy wheels with a choice of all-terrain tyres.

Powered by a 437 kW 4.4 l Twin Turbo mild-hybrid V8 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with high and low range gears, it is the most powerful and most extreme Defender ever.

With 750 Nm of torque (up to 800 Nm with Dynamic Launch Mode selected) and tuned to suit the vehicle’s outstanding all-terrain performance, New Defender OCTA can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.0 s, while peak torque is available from just 1 800 rpm through to almost 6 000 rpm, for exceptional driveability.

New Defender OCTA’s dynamic capabilities go beyond what any Defender has achieved before, with the introduction of hydraulically interlinked 6D Dynamics suspension technology for the first time on a Defender, alongside extensive hardware and geometry changes. Uniquely, it’s designed to be as fun to drive on-road as off-road, with no compromises.

Defender OCTA sits 28 mm higher and has a stance widened by 68 mm, for superior ground clearance and stability. To ensure unparalleled confidence and control on any terrain, with both maximum wheel articulation off-road and reduced roll on-road, revised suspension components include longer and tougher wishbones, and unique active dampers with separate accumulators. It also features uprated 400 mm front brake discs with Brembo calipers and the fastest steering ratio of any Defender to date, for immediate, precise, responses.

A bespoke testing and development programme with more than 13 960 additional tests, including high-speed off-road durability, as well as high-speed on-road durability, had to be created for Defender OCTA, as the team entered realms of capability and robustness that have never been explored before.

Jamal Hameedi, Director of SVO, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Our high-performance experts have achieved the impossible with Defender OCTA, working tirelessly over the past three years to create the most capable Defender ever made – regardless of which surface it is enjoyed on. They have re-engineered components throughout the vehicle to ensure Defender OCTA is the perfect companion for epic adventures anywhere on the planet.”

New Defender OCTA order books will officially open soon. The New Defender OCTA will be available at an indicative price of ₹ 265 Lakhs (ex-showroom). The New Defender OCTA Edition One, available through the first year of production will be available at an indicative price of ₹ 285 Lakhs (ex-showroom) in India. The new high-performance, all-terrain hero will make its public and dynamic debut at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed from 11–14 July.