LAND Rover UK has announced a limited-edition and high-performance version of its iconic Defender, to celebrate the marque’s 70th anniversary this year.
Limited to 150 units, the Defender Works V8 pays homage to the early high-powered engines in the Series III Stage 1 V8 from 1979 and subsequent Defenders, including the 50th Anniversary Edition — which are highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors.
The Defender Works V8 is the most powerful and fastest version that Land Rover has ever created. The 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol V8 powertrain produces 403hp and 515Nm of torque (the standard Defender delivered 122PS and 360Nm). The vehicle will accelerate from 0-100kph in 5.6sec (based on the 90 station wagon model), while its top speed has been increased to 171kph.
Jaguar Land Rover Classic director Tim Hannig, said: “It’s fitting that we’ve been able to release the full potential of the Defender, whose much-loved shape remains synonymous with Land Rover, 70 years since it was seen in public for the first time.
“The idea of reintroducing a V8 Defender was something we were discussing as far back as 2014, when we were still building the Defender in Solihull. We knew there was demand for a powerful and fast Defender; the Land Rover authenticity is the ultimate finishing touch for discerning clients purchasing these collector’s edition Defenders,”
The V8 powertrain will be equipped to 150 specially-selected and re-engineered Defenders for the 70th Edition, complemented by an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with sport mode, uprated brakes and handling kit (springs, dampers and anti-roll bars), plus exclusive 18-inch diamond-turned Sawtooth alloy wheels and 265/65 R18 all-terrain tyres.
Eight standard body colours include two satin finishes — contrasting with a Santorini 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 part of its accessories included.
Both 90 and 110 wheelbase Defender Works V8 variants will be available for purchase direct from Land Rover Classic, with prices starting from £150,000 (RM831,427) for a 90 in the United Kingdom.
A select number of upgrades inspired by Defender Works V8 will be available to purchase soon from Land Rover Classic, including power upgrades for the TDCi diesel engine, high-performance suspension and braking kits.
Land Rover intends to continue the Defender lineage and will use its technology, pioneering engineering capability and design expertise to ensure the longevity of the Defender name.
The all-new Defender is subject to further announcements.