What is it?
Torque is cheap, or so they say. At least, I think that’s what they’re saying. Anyway, it’s not true in the case of the Land Rover Defender’s new Ingenium D300 six-cylinder diesel engine, which puts out a healthy 479lb ft of the stuff, but asks for at least £61,955 of your hard-earned in return.
For that money, you get a 3.0-litre motor that kicks out 296bhp, making it the most powerful diesel engine in the Defender line-up. There's a loopy supercharged V8 on the way, which brings roughly a 40% increase in both potency and price, which knocks this (and the more potent P400 petrol unit) out of the park, but the performance stats are still promising here. We’ve tried the Ingenium diesel six, which replaces the Defender’s short-lived four-cylinder diesel options, in mid-rung 250 guise already and been impressed by its accessible power delivery and punchiness.
That was in the shorter-wheelbase Defender 90, but now it’s time to find out how the most powerful version of this engine copes with the larger 110.
Our SE-trim test car put on quite a show with its LED headlights, keyless entry, 12-way electrically adjustable front seats, top-link Meridian sound system and grained leather seats, and - much to the delight of passengers and driver alike - also got Land Rover’s much-acclaimed digital rear-view mirror and Ground View transparent bonnet trickery.