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2022 Land Rover Defender gets a V8 and a new top Carpathian Edition trim

There are other changes too, including infotainment upgrades and even more trim levels.

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Kyle Hyatt
Kyle Hyatt (he/him/his) hails originally from the Pacific Northwest, but has long called Los Angeles home. He's had a lifelong obsession with cars and motorcycles (both old and new).
Kyle Hyatt
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The Land Rover Defender is entering its second model year and already big changes are afoot.

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The biggest of these is the addition of a supercharged V8 engine to the lineup.

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This V8 is the same unit we've known and loved in other Jaguar Land Rover products.

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In the Defender it produces 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque.

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The 2022 Defender also gets a brand-new halo trim known as the Carpathian Edition.

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This trim level features an exclusive paint color scheme and a matte paint protection film applied at the factory.

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Land Rover's changes for the V8 model include a new Terrain Response mode for tarmac and loose surfaces like gravel.

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There is also a yaw controller for the electronically controlled rear differential.

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Inside, buyers can now option a larger 11.4-inch touchscreen for their infotainment system.

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The standard screen remains at 10 inches.

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