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Land Rover Announces Defender V-8 for 70th Anniversary

Land Rover Announces Limited Run of V-8 Edition Defender.

In celebration of its 70th anniversary this year Land Rover has been announcing some really cool projects. Last week the company began restoring one of its long-lost pre production vehicles from 1948, and this week it’s revealed a limited run of 150 collector’s edition V-8 Defenders. The new Defender Works V-8 is a tribute to early-model, high-powered Defenders like the Series III Stage 1 V-8 from 1979 and the 50th anniversary Defender.

The Defender Works V-8 takes the title of the fastest and most powerful Defender yet. The 5.0L, naturally aspirated V-8 produces 399 hp and 379 lb-ft of torque, adding a significant amount of power over the standard Defender. Land Rover says the V-8 has a 5.6-second 0-60 acceleration time and a top speed of 106 mph.

Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director Tim Hannig said, “It’s fitting that we’ve been able to release the full potential of the iconic Defender, whose much-loved shape remains synonymous with Land Rover, 70 years since it was seen in public for the first time. The idea of reintroducing a V-8 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.”

Only 150 specially selected and re-engineered 70th anniversary edition Defenders will be produced, each featuring an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with sport mode, upgraded brakes and suspension (including springs, dampers, and antiroll bars), plus exclusive 18-inch diamond-turned Sawtooth alloy wheels on 265/65 R18 all-terrain tires. Santorini Black is the only color available for the roof, wheel arches, and front grille, while ten optional colors are available for the majority of the exterior. The rig is finished with machined aluminum accents, including door handles, fuel filler cap, and rear Defender lettering. A comprehensive lighting upgrade includes bi-LED headlamps.

Inside, high-end Windsor Leather trim surrounds the Land Rover Classic infotainment system, covering the dashboard, door panels, headlining, and Recaro sports seats. The new V-8 Land Rover will be available in both 90 and 110 wheelbases, and starts at £150,000 for a 90 in the UK. Along with the V-8 edition Defender Land Rover is releasing a select number of factory accessories including power upgrades for the TDCi diesel engine, high-performance suspension, and braking kits.