There’s a new Land Rover Defender – the Land Rover Defender Works V8 – with V8 power as a limited edition of just 150 Defenders to celebrate Land Rover’s 70th Anniversary. Price from £150,000.
You thought the Land Rover Defender as we know it was dead and buried? Think Again.
Land Rover has decided they’re going to celebrate their 70th Anniversary in 2018 by resurrecting the Defender, which went out of production two years ago, with a very expensive limited edition of just 150 – the Land Rover Defender Works V8.
As the name suggest, this is the first V8 Defender in a generation, and gets Land Rover’s V8 in naturally aspirated guise where it’s good for 399bhp, enough to take the Defender to 62mph in a rather scary 5.6 seconds, and on to over 100mph.
The Defender V8 gets an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox with ‘Sports’ mode, uprated brakes, new springs, dampers and anti-roll bars and a set of 18″ alloys shod with all terrain rubber.
You’ll be able to choose from eight colours – all with contrasting black roof, wheel arches and grille – with machined aluminium door handles, fuel cap and bonnet lettering and bi-LED headlights.
Land Rover Classics are re-engineering 150 Defenders to the V8 Works spec in both 90 and 110 guise, with the Works V8 90 costing from £150,000.
That’s more than the new Mercedes G 63 is expected to cost, and more than a range-topping Range Rover SVAutobiography.
But if you want a V8 Defender, at least from Land Rover, that’s what you’ll need to pay.