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Land Rover Defender returns with one last special edition

Published 17 January 2018

The Defender is back. Well, sort of. Land Rover is launching a limited-edition high-performance version of the iconic Defender, with up to 150 V8-powered examples re-engineered to celebrate the marque’s 70th anniversary in 2018. And the cost? A mere £150k...

The Defender Works V8 pays homage to the early high-powered engines in both the Series III Stage 1 V8 from 1979 and subsequent Defenders, including the 50th Anniversary Edition.

It's the most powerful and fastest version that Land Rover has ever created with the 5.0-litre petrol V8 producing 405PS and 515 Nm of torque. Land Rover says it will accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds, while the top speed is increased to 106mph.

Both 90 and 110 wheelbase Defender Works V8 versions will be available to purchase direct from Land Rover Classic. There will only be 150 re-engineered Defenders for the 70th Edition, which just happens to match the eye-watering £150,000 price tag for the 90.

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                The interior is a mash-up of old and new Defender styling

The Defender Works V8 has an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with sport mode, uprated brakes and handling kit plus exclusive 18-inch diamond-turned Sawtooth alloy wheels and 265/65 R18 all-terrain tyres.

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Eight standard body colours include two satin finishes – contrasting with a black roof, wheel arches and front grille – finished with machined aluminium door handles, fuel filler cap and Defender bonnet lettering. A comprehensive lighting upgrade includes bi-LED headlamps.

Full Windsor Leather interior trim covers the dashboard, door panels, headlining and Recaro sports seats. Land Rover Classic’s own Classic Infotainment System is also fitted.

A select number of high-performance upgrades inspired by Defender Works V8 will also be available to purchase soon from Land Rover Classic, including power upgrades for the TDCi diesel engine, fast-road suspension and braking kits.

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This Defender definitely hasn't just been cleaned for this photo...


Yorky Bob    on 17 January 2018

Really ? Just a faster moving oil leak than before then.

   on 20 January 2018

Daft idea. These vehicles were designed as agricultural tools, to be left outside in all weathers and to tow trailers from the farm to market.

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