Original British adventure brand Defender will introduce a new high-performance, all-terrain Defender in 2024: New Defender OCTA. The flagship Defender will be the toughest, most capable and luxurious model in the line-up, charting new territory for the brand, says Land Rover.


  • British adventure brand Defender will introduce a new high-performance all-terrain hero in 2024
  • New Defender OCTA will be the most powerful Defender ever, with V8 Twin Turbo power
  • 6D Dynamics suspension with pitch and roll control enables outstanding all-terrain performance
  • A new diamond-inspired signature graphic will adorn all future flagship Defender models
  • Defender Elements events series will exclusively preview Defender OCTA for prospective clients
  • Clients interested in the first Defender OCTA release are invited to contact their retailer now

Steve Kenchington, CEO of JLR New Zealand, said: “Defender has been synonymous with all-terrain since the Series 1 in 1948. The new Defender OCTA takes this to the. next level, with a dramatic stance, innovative technology and unparalleled attention to detail. We know our clients are going to love the astounding performance and a bold new attitude, enabling them to master epic adventures in heightened luxury.”

Defender OCTA will feature V8 Twin Turbo mild-hybrid petrol power and 6D Dynamics air suspension, enabling extreme performance across all terrains, says the company.

The hydraulic interlinked 6D Dynamics technology features an innovative pitch and roll control system that will enable Defender OCTA to maintain a near-level stance during acceleration, braking and cornering on-road, while also maximising independent wheel travel and articulation across the most demanding off-road terrain.

Reflecting the vehicle’s luxury credentials, a diamond’s octahedron shape inspires the new OCTA name – diamond being the hardest naturally occurring substance on Earth, renowned for its rarity.

A new encircled diamond graphic symbolises the flagship Defender model. It features on a number of interior and exterior components, including as a gloss black diamond within a machined and sandblasted titanium disc on each Signature Graphic panel. Titanium has also been chosen for its robustness and resilience to the elements in its natural state.

Steve Kenchington added: “The Defender OCTA name and signature graphic represent the vehicle’s strength, resilience and desirability – inspired by the vehicle’s diamond-like tough luxury credentials. The new signature graphic is the first time seen on a Defender – and it will identify all flagship Defender models in the future.”

Defender OCTA is undergoing the most exhaustive development regime in Defender history, from the snow and ice of Sweden to Dubai desert, Nürburgring tarmac and Moab rock crawls.

Ahead of its full reveal later this year, prospective clients will be invited to attend exclusive previews as part of a new global Defender Elements series. Clients interested in registering for the first release of Defender OCTA are invited to contact their Defender retailer now.

Find out more at the JLR website, visit www.landrover.co.nz/defender/defender-octa

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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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