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Land Rover Unleashes the Defender OCTA: A Diamond Among SUVs

Land Rover throws down the gauntlet to the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon with the introduction of the 2025 Defender OCTA. This pinnacle of the Defender range boasts enhanced power, exclusivity, and a price tag to match, starting at a staggering ₹ 1.15 crore.

The heart of the OCTA lies in its new engine - a 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 sourced from BMW. This powerhouse churns out a monstrous 626hp and 750 Nm of torque, effortlessly surpassing the previously offered supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. Land Rover promises a thrilling 0-100 kmph sprint in a mere 3.8 seconds, with a potential top speed of 250kmph when equipped with the appropriate tires. Accompanying the ferocious performance is a quad exhaust system that guarantees a suitably aggressive soundtrack. Power is channeled through a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

The OCTA isn't just about brute force; it's also been meticulously crafted for conquering even the most challenging terrains. Compared to the standard Defender, the OCTA sits 2.8 cm higher off the ground and boasts a 7 cm wider track. Land Rover offers a variety of wheel and tire packages ranging from 20 to 22 inches, providing the perfect combination of style and capability. The front brakes have also been beefed up to handle the increased performance.

Visually, the OCTA exudes a powerful presence. The front grille and bumper receive a redesign, while the underbody gets a protective graphite coating. The wider stance necessitates yellow marker lights for enhanced visibility. Land Rover has included a dedicated OCTA drive mode, accessible via a long press on a steering wheel button. This mode promises a unique tuning for off-road adventures, complete with a launch control system specifically tailored for conquering challenging terrain.

Step inside the OCTA, and you're greeted by a sporty and luxurious cabin. The sculpted seats come upholstered in your choice of semi-aniline leather or a range of other materials, including durable options like Kvadrat textile or Ultrafabrics. These seats aren't just about comfort; they also integrate speakers and a unique feature that vibrates in sync with the music, adding a whole new dimension to your auditory experience. It's important to note that the OCTA will only be available in the five-seater, 110 configuration.

The name "OCTA" draws inspiration from the eight-sided shape of a diamond, hinting at the exclusivity Land Rover aims to achieve with this limited-edition model.  Initially, only 300 units of the OCTA will be produced, further amplifying its collectability.  While Land Rover might eventually expand production or offer a similar V-8 model in the future, early adopters will have the privilege of owning a truly special vehicle. 

For those seeking an even more distinctive experience, the OCTA Edition One package caters to your desires. This variant, starting at an even steeper ₹ 1.27 crore boasts a striking green interior with carbon fiber trim and exclusive 20-inch wheels.  Land Rover even offers the option of a captivating matte wrap for those who crave a truly head-turning appearance.

The Defender OCTA signifies Land Rover's unwavering commitment to pushing boundaries. It's a beast on four wheels, a luxurious haven for off-road enthusiasts, and a statement piece for those who appreciate exclusivity. With its limited production run and sky-high price tag, the OCTA is poised to become a coveted collectible within the automotive world.  

TopGear Magazine July 2024