There are so many aftermarket tuners out there that have been turning out pretty amazing Land Rover Defenders. It’s their popularity perhaps that has urged the automaker itself to join the throng. In fact, Jaguar Land Rover’s Classic division has built 150 old-style Defenders right in the outskirts of Coventry.
The special edition Defender was made to celebrate 70 years of the iconic off-roader in 2018, before an all new version of the vehicle makes its debut. It’s said to look very different from the current version.
Under the hood of the Defender Works V8 is a 5.0 liter naturally aspirated V8. This carries out as much as 405 horsepower and 515 Newton-metres (380 pound-feet) of torque. This makes it the most powerful officially sanctioned Defender to hit the road. In just 5.6 seconds, it will reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) from a standstill, and is capable of hitting a maximum limited top speed of 106 miles per hour (170 kilometers per hour).
Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic director, said that the Jaguar Land Rover has been out in the public for a total of 70 years now since the very first time it made an appearance. And it is only fitting that they are able to release its full potential today, where its shape remains synonymous with Land Rover.
The V8 Defender was first discussed by the automaker in 2014, when the Defender was being built in Solihull. And this is because they knew that there was a market for a faster and more powerful Defender. The Land Rover authenticity is the perfect finishing touch for discerning clients who purchase this collector’s edition Defenders.
Moreover, the Defender Works V8 gets an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with several modes including sport mode where the brakes and handling work better, while it sits on an 18-inch diamond turned Sawtooth alloy wheels wrapped in 165/65 R18 all terrain tires. Customers can get this in eight standard body colours including two satin finishes. To make it really stand out, it is painted in a contrasting Santorini Black roof, wheel arches and front grille, while the aluminum door handles are finished in machined aluminum door. Up front are new LED headlamps that make it look cooler.
All in all, there will be 90 and 110 wheelbase Defender Works V8 derivatives that customers can directly get from Land Rover Classic. The 90 version will be priced from £150,000 ($206,600) in the UK but expect a bit more for the 110 version.
The Land Rover Classic tuned Defender will be available in Europe, Middle East, and North Africa.