Land Rover has revealed plans for 150 re-engineered V8 limited-edition high-performance Defender’s to celebrate the brand’s 70th anniversary.
The Defender Works V8 70th edition will pay homage to earlier versions particularly the Series III Stage 1 V8 from 1979.
To ensure the Defender Works V8 will be the most powerful and fastest version, a 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol V8 powertrain producing 297kW of power and 515Nm of torque is found under the bonnet. This engine will be mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said, "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 the demand was there for a powerful and fast Defender; the Land Rover authenticity is the ultimate finishing touch for discerning clients purchasing these collector's edition Defenders."
Specific to the 150 70th Edition Defenders will also be uprated brakes and handling kit (springs, dampers and anti-roll bars) as well as exclusive 18-inch diamond-turned Sawtooth alloy wheels and 265/65 R18 all-terrain tyres.
Eight body colours will be available, with two satin finish options, which will contrast against the Santorini Black roof, wheel arches and front grille. Machined aluminium door handles, fuel filler cap, Defender bonnet lettering and bi-LED headlamps will complete the exterior styling.
Internally, the Defender Works V8 will feature full Windsor leather trim on the dashboard, door panels, headlining and Recaro sports seats. The Land Rover Classic Infotainment System is also found inside.
Sadly for Aussie enthusiasts, the Defender Works V8 won’t make it Down Under. For our UK cousins, both 90 and 110 wheelbase Defender Works V8 derivative will be available from Land Rover Classic starting at £150,000 ($201,000 Australian dollars).
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