V8 Defender marks 70th anniversary

Riley Riley

Land Rover has announced a limited run of V8 powered Defenders to mark the brand’s 70th anniversary.

The Defender Works V8 pays homage to the early high-powered engines in both the Series III Stage 1 V8 from 1979 and subsequent Defenders including the 50th Anniversary Edition, which are highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors today.

Just 150 examples of the car will be produced.

Defender Works V8 is the most powerful and fastest version that Land Rover has ever created.

The 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol V8 powertrain produces 297kW and 515Nm of torque.

The standard Defender delivered 90kW and 360Nm.

The Defender Works V8 will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.6 seconds, with a top speed of  170km/h.

The V8 is paired with an eight-speed ZF auto with sport mode, uprated brakes and handling kit, plus exclusive 18-inch diamond-turned Sawtooth alloys with 265/65 R18 all-terrain tyres.

Eight standard body colours include two satin finishes – contrasting with a Santorini Black roof, wheel arches and front grille – finished with machined aluminium door handles, fuel filler cap and Defender bonnet lettering.

A comprehensive lighting upgrade includes bi-LED headlights.

Full Windsor Leather interior trim covers the dashboard, door panels, headlining and Recaro sports seats.

Land Rover Classic’s own Classic Infotainment System is also fitted.

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

The bad news the car will not be available in Australia.

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