2025 Land Rover Defender OCTA Goes Harder

Land Rover is aiming to challenge Mercedes-Benz’s G-wagen with the 2025 Land Rover Defender OCTA. It’s the most powerful and exclusive Defender yet, with a new engine and lots of off-road improvements. Inside and out, it looks even better, but it comes with a hefty price tag starting at $153,475.

The engine in the 2025 Land Rover Defender OCTA is a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 from BMW. It has 626 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, making it much stronger than the old engine. This V-8 is already used in Range Rover models and gives the Defender OCTA a top speed of 155 mph with the right tires. It also has a fierce sound from its quad exhaust. A smooth eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and Land Rover says it can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds.

Compared to the regular Defender, the 2025 Land Rover Defender OCTA has some notable upgrades. It sits 1.1 inches higher off the ground and has a wider track by 2.7 inches. You can choose between 20 to 22-inch wheels and tires. The front brakes are bigger for better stopping power. The front grille and bumper look different, and the underbody has a graphite spray for protection. Yellow marker lights are added upfront to meet width regulations. There’s also a special OCTA drive mode activated by pressing a button on the steering wheel for tuned performance and off-road launch control.

The name OCTA comes from the octahedron shape of a diamond, chosen by Land Rover to create excitement for this model. Initially, they’re only making 300 units, but more might come later. Early buyers can opt for an Edition One package, starting at $169,275. It includes unique green interior upholstery, carbon trim, and special 20-inch wheels. You can also choose a matte wrap as an extra option.

Land Rover says orders are open now, and the OCTA will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K. later this month.