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Land Rover Defender L663 GVMs for Australia

Land Rover Defender L663 GVMs for Australia

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There has been some confusion over Land Rover’s unusual, but not unheard of approach to GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) for Australia. That’s because there’s different GVMs for different configurations. Today I checked with Land Rover, and they confirmed the GVMs for the Australian L663 Defender 110 are (direct copy-paste):

110

5 Seat – 3200kg

6 Seat – 3220kg

7 Seat – 3280kg

110 V8

5 Seat 3230kg

Why the difference? This is where I make educated guesses, but of course 7 seat vehicles have to carry more human weight than 5 seaters so they need a greater payload or at least not reduced and the weight of the third-row seats eats into payload. The difference in GVM might be the chassis, or suspension tune, or electronics…all of the above are typically varied as GVM changes.

So, a good idea would be to buy a 7-seater and pull the rear seats out to gain an extra 80kg of payload over the 5-seater. And you don’t need engineering approval to reduce seats from 7 to 5 in Victoria!

The Defender’s GVM is used as an example in this video about 3500kg tow ratings:

Robert Pepper Automotive journalist specialising in 4X4s, sportscars, camping and future tech.

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