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New-Old Land Rover Defender launched with V8 engine and 400 bhp




The Landy lives on.

It’s back from the dead! Today, Land Rover has announced a limited edition of the iconic Defender to celebrate the marque’s 70th anniversary.

The Defender Works V8 pays homage to the early high-powered engines found in older models, with a V8 engine which produces 400 bph.

That makes it the most powerful and fastest version of the Defender Land Rover has ever produced, capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds, and onto a top speed of 106mph.

Land Rover hasn’t just focused on the engine. The V8 powertrain will be complemented by an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox (yes, with a Sport Mode), uprated brakes, and a handling kit.

The handling kit includes new springs, dampers and anti-roll bars.

It’ll sit on exclusive 18-inch diamond-turned Sawtooth alloy wheels and 265/65 R18 all-terrain tyres.

The Works V8 with be available in eight standard body colours, including two satin finishes, and a contrasting with a Santorini Black roof, wheel arches and front grille.

It’s finished off with machined aluminium door handles, fuel filler cap and Defender bonnet lettering, as well as a lighting upgrade which includes bi-LED headlamps.

The interior is trimmed with full Windsor leather, covering the dashboard, door panels, headlining and Recaro sports seats.

Land Rover Classic’s own Classic Infotainment System is also fitted – with sat-nav as standard.

Both 90 and 110 wheelbase Defender Works V8 models will be available to purchase directly from Land Rover Classic, with prices starting from £150,000 for a 90 in the UK.

There will be just 150 specially-selected and re-engineered vehicles.

It’s immensely cool and instantly had us looking to remortgage the house.

If you’d like to upgrade your current Defender, a select number of high-performance upgrades will also be available to purchase from Land Rover Classic, including power upgrades for the TDCi diesel engine, fast-road suspension and braking kits.

Of course, this isn’t to be confused with the all-new Defender, which is expected to be announced later in the year.


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