British SUV icon Land Rover has revealed the limited edition Defender Works V8 as it celebrates its 70th anniversary. The new Land Rover Defender is the first to be powered by a V8 in 20 years and pays homage to the early high-powered engines in both the Series III Stage 1 V8 from 1979 and subsequent Defenders.
The new Land Rover Defender Works V8 is limited to just 150 units. Prices for the limited edition Land Rover Defender Works V8 start at £150,000 and the SUV will be available in both short and long wheelbase guises.
The Land Rover Defender Works V8 is the most powerful SUV to ever bear the Defender name and will be produced by the British marque's Land Rover Classic division. Powering the most powerful Defender of all time is a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 which produces 400bhp and 515Nm of torque. The power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox and allows the Defender Works V8 to sprint from 0–100kph in just 5.6 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 170kph.
The new Defender also features heavy-duty differentials on both the front and rear axles along with a a torque-biased center diff. The Defender Works V8 also features a two-speed transfer box to help it with the rough stuff. The Defender Works V8 also gets uprated brakes, live front and rear axles along with handling kit which includes bespoke anti-roll bars and new springs and dampers. The limited-run Land Rover Defender Works V8 SUV sits on 18-inch sawtooth alloy wheels which are shod with 265/65 section off-roading tyres for that extra grip in the rough stuff.
The new Defender Works V8 retains the exterior shape of the regular Defender — the last of which rolled off the production floor last year — is available in eight different body colour options including two satin finishes which contrast with the blacked-out roof, wheel arches and front grille. The door handles, fuel filler cap and Defender bonnet lettering are finished in machined aluminium and the SUV also gets bi-xenon headlamps.
The interiors including the dashboard, the Recacro seats, door panels and headliner are upholstered in leather. Land Rover Classic has also installed one of its own infotainment systems to the SUV as well.
Land Rover has decided to kick off its 70th-anniversary celebrations with a limited edition of its most rugged SUV, the Defender. The Works V8 is the fastest and most powerful Land Rover till date and should be an instant hit with the collectors looking to get te final units of the Defender before the new SUV bearing that badge arrives