Due in Australia in the first quarter of 2025, the 2025 Defender OCTA, a twin-turbo V8 flagship to the JLR Defender 110 range, has been revealed. Using a new 48V mild-hybrid V8 powertrain, the Defender OCTA is capable of a 4.0-second 0-100km/h sprint, and also includes a number of off-road upgrades like a 6D Dynamics suspension system and a whole host of visual upgrades as well. The Defender OCTA is priced from $291,542 plus on-road costs in Australia.

2025 Defender OCTA

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.”

2025 Defender OCTA

At the heart of the 2025 Defender OCTA is a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine aided by a 48V mild-hybrid system making 467kW of power and 750Nm of torque, gifting the Defender OCTA the ability to sprint to 100km/h in just 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 250km/h. The OCTA’s engine is also used in the Range Rover SV, and was developed by BMW and used in the previous-generation M5 sports sedan.

Helping the new V8 are a range of dynamic improvements, including a new 6D Dynamics suspension system that replaces traditional anti-roll bars with a hydraulic circuit to reduce pitch and roll under acceleration and braking. The OCTA sits 28mm higher and has a 68mm wider stance than the normal Defender, while new active dampers and a quicker steering rack increases the car’s dynamic appeal. There are also new 400mm brakes with Brembo callipers to help it stop.

2025 Defender OCTA

JLR has also given the Defender OCTA a stylistic makeover, with tough new exterior styling including new grilles, a new rear bumper design with quad exhausts and new underbody protection, as well as 33-inch tyres and a contrast black roof and tailgate. There’s also a special OCTA Edition One with carbon fibre trim inserts on the bonnet, vent surrounds and interior.

Speaking of the interior, the Defender OCTA’s cabin gets a choice or either leather or fabric upholstery in multiple colours and front sports seats with ‘immersive’ audio quality.

2025 Defender OCTA

The first orders for the 2025 Defender OCTA are due to be taken soon, with the first deliveries due next year. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.

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