South Africa will be allocated only a limited number of the new Defender Octa and the order books are open for a chance to be one of lucky few.

Prior to the global reveal on July 3, prospective clients for the first year’s Defender Octa allocation are  invited to register for one of seven exclusive Defender Elements events in private locations around the world – from the UK, Germany and Italy to the United States, Dubai, and Japan.

The Defender Octa undergoing testing in the Moab Desert

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These preview events will grant privileged early access to the toughest, most capable, and most luxurious Defender yet, allowing clients to finalise the specification of their desired Defender Octa in a relaxed and informal environment.

A curated and immersive journey will guide clients through the innovations that underpin Defender Octa’s extreme all-terrain performance capabilities – including award-winning 6D Dynamics suspension technology – as well as its luxury material choices, striking exterior and interior design enhancements and the plethora of options available to elevate every adventure to epic proportions.

The new Land Rover Defender Octa

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The V8 Twin Turbo mild-hybrid petrol Defender Octa has undergone the most extreme testing and development programme in Defender history.

Land Rover Defender Octa on a mountain ledgeDefender Octa engineers have conducted more than 13 960 additional tests, on top of the standard Defender testing regime, spanning high-performance handling and durability at Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife, wet asphalt at Ladoux in France, ice in Sweden, arduous rally raid stages at Lastours in France, sand deserts in Dubai, plus Moab rock crawls in Utah, USA. Defender Octa has also conquered every extreme trail at JLR’s legendary Eastnor test facility in the UK.

Colin Windell