It first appeared in 1948 and has long become an icon. Land Rover Defender (as it was later called) has undergone significant changes during its life, but has always been true to the original design.
On January 29, 2016, the last Defender rolled off the assembly line and rolled out the factory gates in England. It will be four years before Land Rover is ready for a successor. It is also a completely different, more modern car.
But for many, the original is the “real” defender. They can be glad that Land Rover has now made the news that it will be producing 25 new versions of the car, which is effectively retired.
The Land Rover Classic will revive Land Rover’s global missions by producing what they call the Classic Defender Works V8 Trophy II.
The cars feature a unique camouflage design that represents the 23 places the legendary 4WD model has fought in its 70-year off-road history, including The Camel Trophy, The First Overland and G4 Challenge.
The design also hides the iconic silhouette of a number of Land Rover vehicles.
The vehicles are based on Defender models from 2012 to 2016. They have been stripped of all equipment and handcrafted to exacting standards and high specifications by the Land Rover Classic team.
Off-road equipment includes an A-pillar with integrated winch, sturdy LED light bar, rock guards, outer roll case and tow hook.
Inside, there are Recaro sport seats, a dashboard, Windsor leather details, a Land Rover Classic infotainment system and an Elliott Brown watch to reflect the camouflage colours.
car and experience
Under the hood we find a 5.0-liter V8 petrol engine with 405 hp, and this has a torque of 515 Nm. The car was upgraded with new suspension, steering and brakes. Customers can choose between two body sizes, 90 or 110. Also, the 110 double-cabin pickup.
By the way, you don’t just buy a car here. In familiar Land Rover style, it’s also about experiences. Customers are invited to participate in the exclusive Land Roar Cup competition for three days. Here they get a series of off-road challenges inspired by famous expeditions around the world. All under the supervision of a knowledgeable expert.
Not exactly cheap…
Are you wondering about the price? Not surprisingly, this isn’t exactly cheap. Cars start at £225,000 at home in the UK. This equates to just over NOK 2.6 million, before NOK taxes. There will also be a lot of taxes with these engines.
Are you still interested? Then you have to contact Land Rover Classic directly, there is no need here to send cars to dealers. We’re talking collector’s items here, so it’s also possible that 25 will tear quickly.
Land Rover Defender with V8
- The Land Rover Defender’s V8 engines and predecessors began with the Series III Stage 1 V8 in 1979. The carbureted 3.5-liter Rover V8 produced 90 horsepower.
- 1983 Land Rover 110 and 1984 90 used the same 3.5-liter Rover V8 engine as the Series III Stage 1 V8, but produced 113 hp. It was upgraded to 135 HP from 1987.
- Only for North American Spec (NAS) Defender 90 and 110. Since 1992, a fuel-injected 182-horsepower, 3.9-liter version of the Rover V8 has been installed, along with a four-speed automatic transmission.
- In 1998, a 4.0-liter 190-horsepower V8 and fuel-injected second-generation Range Rover was fitted to a 50th-anniversary limited model – Defender 90 with a 4-speed automatic.
- The 2018 Defender Works V8 with a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated engine was the first official Land Rover Defender with a V8 engine launched since 1998.
- In February 2021, Land Rover Classic launched its Land Rover Works V8 Trophy with a range of 90 and 110 station wagon designs featuring the unique Eastnor Yellow paintwork with Narvik Black detailing and heavy-duty steel wheels in the car’s color.
- In February 2021, Land Rover launched a V8 engine for Defender 90 and 110. The new supercharged 525 hp engine is the fastest and most powerful Defender ever and accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 240 km/h.
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