Land Rover’s purchase of Bowler in 2019 sets the stage for the development of a high-performance Defender.
The new Land Rover Defender has been selling up a storm since its introduction in South Africa in 2020, but there’s more to come!
In standard form, the Defender is a formidable offroad vehicle but all indications point to the development of a high-performance Defender SVX. In 2019, Land Rover purchased Bowler which is well-known for producing modified, rally-ready Land Rovers and will now be absorbed into Jaguar Land Rover’s performance arm, Special Vehicle Operations (SVO). It’s therefore entirely conceivable that a high-performance Defender is on the way.
Land Rover recently revealed its high-power Defender V8 boasting 368 kW and 625 Nm from its 5.0-litre V8 and capable of sprinting from zero to 100 kph in 5.2 seconds. The Defender V8 is expected to form the basis for the Defender SVX which will likely feature technical upgrades including a beefed-up suspension and body kit fit to tackle difficult terrain.
We will keep you informed as this development progresses.