Land Rover has announced a limited-edition high-performance version of the iconic Defender, with up to 150 V8-powered examples re-engineered to celebrate the Land Rover marque’s 70th anniversary in 2018.
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, which are highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors today.
The Defender Works V8 is the most powerful and fastest version that Land Rover has ever created. The 5-litre naturally aspirated petrol V8 powertrain produces 405hp and 515Nm of torque (the standard Defender delivered 122hp and 360Nm). The Defender Works V8 will accelerate from zero to 100km/h in about 5.6 seconds, while top speed is increased to 170km/h.
The V8 powertrain will be fitted to 150 specially selected and re-engineered Defenders for the 70th Edition, complemented by an 8-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 fitted.
Both 90 and 110 wheelbase Defender Works V8 derivatives will be available to purchase direct from Land Rover Classic, with prices starting from £150,000 for a 90 in the UK.
A select number of high-performance upgrades inspired by Defender Works V8 will also be available to purchase from Land Rover Classic, including power upgrades for the TDCi diesel engine, fast-road suspension and braking kits.
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