3 July 2024

 The toughest and most durable model in the Defender family takes luxurious, high‑performance capability to another level 

  • High‑performance hero: New Defender OCTA is the most dynamically accomplished Defender vehicle ever created, with unmatched breadth of capability and performance both on‑ and off‑road
  • Tough luxury: Like a diamond, New Defender OCTA is a rare combination of toughness and luxury – its name is inspired by one of the hardest and most desirable minerals on earth
  • Unparalleled presence: Imposing stance and bold new design set New Defender OCTA apart, while new signature graphic pays homage to its diamond‑like credentials
  • Decisive performance: Most powerful ever Defender vehicle features a 4.4‑liter Twin Turbo mild‑hybrid V8 producing 626 HP (635PS) and up to 553 lb‑ft (750Nm)1 of torque, with 0‑60mph acceleration in just 3.8 seconds2
  • Intelligent suspension: 6D Dynamics with pitch and roll control, plus heavily reworked chassis components, is designed to enable game‑changing performance on a wide range of surfaces and conditions
  • Dedicated modes: All‑new OCTA Mode4 – the first performance‑focused off‑road mode on a Defender vehicle – unlocks full off‑road prowess, plus dedicated anti‑lock braking and launch control
  • Defender debuts: New Performance Seats feature Body and Soul Seat technology to immerse the front‑seat occupants in every drive, finished in new highly durable materials and colorways
  • Exclusive specification: New Defender OCTA Edition One features curated specification for first year of production, with a new paint option and Chopped Carbon Fiber detailing
  • Dynamic debut: New Defender OCTA will make its public world premiere and dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (July 11‑14)
  • Coming soon: Orders have opened following the completion of global Defender Elements preview events
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Mahwah, NJ – Wednesday 3 July 2024: Introducing a new hero for the original British adventure brand Defender: New Defender OCTA. The toughest, most capable and most luxurious model in the 4x4 family, taking the capability of Defender 110 to an unparalleled level.  

Powered by a 4.4‑liter Twin Turbo mild‑hybrid V8 engine, the OCTA model is the most powerful Defender ever, with 626 HP (635PS) and up to 553 lb‑ft (750Nm)of torque enabling 0‑60mph in 3.8 seconds (0‑100km/h in 4.0 seconds)2. Heavily revised chassis components with innovative technologies, including 6D Dynamics suspension, help 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. And, it will wade deeper than any production Defender vehicle before it too – through up to 3.3 ft (one meter) of water5

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 utilizing 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.

Mark Cameron
Managing Director, Defender

The new Defender OCTA name is derived from one of the toughest and most desirable minerals 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 vehicle – 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 epitomized 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 color with a Khaki and Ebony UltrafabricsTM and seam‑less 3D Knit interior, new Chopped Carbon Fiber detailing, and 20‑inch forged alloy wheels with a choice of all‑terrain or optional specially developed Advanced All‑Terrain Tires.2 

Unparalleled performance  

New Defender OCTA brings unheard of performance to the Defender brand. Powered by a 626 HP (635PS) 4.4‑litre Twin Turbo mild‑hybrid V8 engine mated to an eight‑speed automatic transmission with high and low range gears, it is the most powerful Defender vehicle ever. New Defender OCTA will reach up to 155mphwhen fitted with 22‑inch lightweight alloy wheels and all‑season tires. 

With 553 lb‑ft (750nm)of torque (up to 590 lb‑ft (800Nm) with Dynamic Launch Mode selected) and tuned to suit the vehicle’s outstanding all‑terrain performance, New Defender OCTA is capable of accelerating from 0‑60mph in 3.8 seconds (0‑100km/h in 4.0 seconds)2, while peak torque is available from just 1,800 rpm through to almost 6,000 rpm, for exceptional drivability.  

Incredible capability and durability 

New Defender OCTA’s dynamic capabilities go beyond what any Defender vehicle has achieved before, with the introduction of hydraulically‑interlinked 6D Dynamics suspension technology for the first time on a Defender vehicle, 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 1.1 in (28mm) higher and has a stance widened by 2.7in (68mm) for superior ground clearance and stability. To help ensure confidence and control on various 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 15.7 in (400mm) front brake discs with 6 Opposed Piston Brembo calipers and the fastest steering ratio of any Defender vehicle to date, for immediate, precise, responses.  

A bespoke testing and development program 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. 

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.

Jamal Hameedi
Director of SVO, JLR

An advanced network of hydraulically‑interlinked continuously variable semi‑active dampers virtually eliminates pitch and body roll on‑road, the 6D Dynamics system also contributing to unprecedented comfort and refinement for Defender. 

On rough terrain, 6D Dynamics enables greater wheel articulation meaning clients can take their adventures even further and in superior comfort.  

The full capabilities of New Defender OCTA – which can automatically detect which surface it is being driven on and optimize its dynamic settings accordingly – are unlocked via its enhanced drive modes4. In addition to the default Comfort Mode, Dynamic Mode provides the ultimate performance‑focused on‑road experience, tuning the vehicle’s steering, throttle and suspension settings with one press of the transparent signature logo button on the steering wheel.  

A long press of the same button accesses OCTA Mode, the first ever dedicated Defender off‑road driving mode with a performance focus. This has been specially developed to help ensure control and driver confidence. OCTA Mode also enables an Off‑Road Launch mode designed for optimum acceleration on loose surfaces. And, when combined with the lowest traction control settings (TracDSC or DSC off) it also engages a unique Off‑Road ABS calibration designed for optimum braking performance on loose surfaces too. 

For more technical off‑road maneuvers, a suite of familiar Terrain Response® modesremain at the driver’s fingertips, with specific calibrations for Sand, Mud and Ruts, Grass Gravel Snow, and Rock Crawl – assisted by off‑road driver aids such as ClearSight Ground View3, which effectively makes the bonnet transparent for improved visibility. 

Confident exterior 

The imposing presence and all‑terrain focus of Defender give Defender OCTA a bold new attitude. It features 33‑inch diameter tires, the largest ever fitted to a production Defender vehicle, including a Goodyear Advanced All‑Terrain Tire1 developed specifically for the OCTA model. This has required extended wheel arches, which complement off‑road‑optimized front bodywork with unique grille designs allowing greater under‑bonnet airflow, a new rear bumper incorporating a four‑exit active exhaust system, tough underbody protection including an aluminum alloy front under shield with graphite finish and exposed Phosphor Bronze‑finished front and rear recovery points. 

The Defender OCTA color palette includes two exclusive new premium metallic finishes: Petra Copper and Faroe Green, alongside Carpathian Grey and Charente Grey, while all Defender OCTA models feature a contrast roof and tailgate in gloss Narvik Black. Clients can further personalize their vehicle with optional Matte Protective Film for added body protection in harsh environments, also adding a sophisticated appearance that showcases its distinctive silhouette and sophisticated surfacing. 

Faroe Green is exclusively available on Defender OCTA Edition One, as is Chopped Carbon Fiber detailing. This highly distinctive finish, which includes recycled raw materials, features on the Defender bonnet script, fender vent surrounds and bonnet vent surrounds, plus the front seatbacks and center console trim inside. 

Engaging, immersive interior 

Inside, curated selections set New Defender OCTA apart. Two highly durable UltrafabricsTM options – are available. This seat finish is standard on Defender OCTA Edition One, in duo‑tone Khaki and Ebony, with a 3D‑knit textile and reductive, seamless finish.  

For Defender OCTA, the standard interior is a new Burnt Sienna semi‑aniline leather, with KvadratTM textile trim in Ebony. Alternatively, any Defender OCTA can be specified with UltrafabricsTM in Light Cloud and Lunar, or semi‑aniline leather in Ebony.  

The front row of Defender OCTA features all‑new Performance Seats with more supportive bolsters and integrated headrests. The close association of Defender with music is brought to the fore with immersive Body and Soul Seat audio technology – available for the first time in a Defender vehicle.  

The Body and Soul Seat has been developed in collaboration with music industry experts SUBPAC and Coventry University, allowing the driver and front passenger to feel, as well as hear, the music. Six wellness programs are also available to help relax occupants.  

The 2025 Model Year Defender OCTA has a starting MSRP of $152,0006. The Defender OCTA Edition One, available through the first year of production, has a starting MSRP of $167,800. Contact your local Land Rover Retailer for further ordering information. The new high‑performance hero will make its public and dynamic debut at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed from 11–14 July.

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Further information

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PR Manager JLR North America

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Land Rover PR Senior Specialist 

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Notes to Editors

1800Nm combined engine/MHEV output when using Dynamic Launch Mode. 750Nm certified.

2 Always follow local speed limits.

3 Requires 360° surround camera. This feature is not a substitute for safe and attentive driving, and driver should not assume that it will correct errors of judgment in driving. Consult the owner’s manual for more details.

 4 These features are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention, and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions. The driver should not assume that these features will correct errors of judgment in driving. Please consult your owner’s manual or your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for more details.

 5 Driving in floodwaters or moving water should be avoided. Driving through water can be extremely dangerous. The Wade Sensing feature only detects depth of water the vehicle is in at the present time and not of water ahead or around the vehicle. Therefore, Wade Sensing cannot predict whether it is safe to proceed and cannot detect steep drops in grade around the vehicle. The driver is responsible for determining the conditions of the route being driven.

All prices shown are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes $1475 destination and delivery, tax, title, license, and retailer fees, all due at signing, and optional equipment. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for details.

About the Defender Brand 

Defender embraces the impossible. Each member of the Defender family is purposefully designed, highly desirable and seriously durable. A modern‑day hero that respects the past but at the same time anticipates the future. 

Available in 90, 110 and 130 body styles, with up to eight seats, each has a charisma of its own. 

A beacon of liberty since 1948, Defender supports humanitarian and conservation work with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Tusk Trust.  

The Defender brand is underpinned by Land Rover – a mark of trust built on 75 years of expertise in technology and world‑leading off‑road capability.  

Defender is designed and engineered in the UK and sold in 121 countries. It belongs to the JLR house of brands alongside Range Rover, Discovery and Jaguar. 

Important notice 
JLR is constantly seeking ways to improve the specification, design and production of its vehicles, parts and accessories and alterations take place continually. Whilst every effort is made to produce up‑to‑date literature, this document should not be regarded as an infallible guide to current specifications or availability, nor does it constitute an offer for the sale of any particular vehicle, part or accessory.