Land Rover to defend off-road crown against Ford Ranger Raptor: Report

Updated Mar 10, 2021 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

A more off-road performance-oriented Defender could be in the works.

Aside from being named the 2021 Women’s World Car of the Year, the Land Rover Defender is also setting its sights on different matters. It turns out that the Defender wants to further cement its name as the alpha of off-road vehicles. And it seems that Land Rover already has its target locked on the Ford Ranger Raptor.

Land Rover Defender front shot

The Land Rover Defender

According to a report by Carsales, Land Rover is working on a more performance-oriented Defender that will go up against the likes of the Ford Ranger Raptor. From the looks of it, Land Rover wants to make the Defender’s off-road capability more extreme, more versatile, and more performance-oriented.   

The more off-road performance-oriented Defender is said to be based on the Land Rover Defender V8, a vehicle that was launched in February 2021. It’s basically a Defender that’s equipped with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 518 hp and 624 Nm of torque, making it the fastest production version of the said vehicle.   

The report added that the Land Rover Defender will not just get more power and torque but will also be fitted with a motorsport-inspired high-lift race suspension. It is also said to get a revamped exterior as well new tech to ensure its go-anywhere capability. 

Land Rover Defender river crossing

The Land Rover Defender can drive through almost any terrain

Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (JLR SVO) Managing Director Michael van der Sande did not fully confirm the said report when he spoke to Carsales. The JLR SVO boss is currently tight-lipped about the matter but said that the company felt “slightly underrepresented in performance off-roading.” 

Could that statement mean that Land Rover is indeed working on a more off-road performance-oriented Defender? We couldn’t quite say so. But you have to take note that JLR has purchased Bowler, a company that specializes in modifying production cars to rally-bred vehicles. Bowler has been modifying Land Rovers since 1985 and competes in motorsport events such as the Dakar Rally. As such, when you connect the dots, it could be possible that Land Rover is working on a more off-road performance-oriented Defender.


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Land Rover Defender
The Land Rover Defender is an iconic British off-road, four-wheel-drive SUV known worldwide for its overall versatility and unmatched ruggedness. It boasts a muscled physique detailed with gorgeous and sophisticated retro-contemporary designs its new followers and loyal fans will adore. Inside, it is packed with modern features that assure the safety, comfort, and convenience of its passengers. Through concrete roads or mountainous tracks, expect this premium SUV to consistently perform. Locally, it is offered in the following variants: The Land Rover Defender 90 First Edition, the Land Rover Defender 110 First Edition, the Land Rover Defender 110 Urban Pack, the Land Rover Defender 110 Country Pack, the Land Rover Defender 110 Explorer Pack, and the Land Rover Defender 110 Adventure Pack. It is available in satin or metallic finish of Pangea Green, Gondwana Stone, Indus Silver, Tasma Blue, Eiger Grey, Santorini Black, and Fiji White.

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Martin is a BA Literature graduate from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before being the Content Editor of Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.



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