Land Rover Defender is back! Well, in a way. It is the Defender Works V8, a limited edition that pays tribute to the early V8 powered Defenders and also marks Land Rover's 70th anniversary. Land Rover Defender has had a special place in the hearts of its fans, but then it also had a special in the workshops. Land Rover put a cork on the Defender's production a couple of years ago as it had been deemed behind time, not very safe by modern standards and a bit unrefined. SO, why is it back again?
Land Rover Defender isn't exactly back as the Defender Works V8 units will be limited to 150. These will be re-engineered from second-hand units but will have serious performance upgrades, rendering them the most powerful Defenders ever built.
Land Rover Defender Works will be fitted with V8 engines that will produce 400 bhp and 515.2 Nm of torque, giving it an impressive 0-100 km/h time of 5.6 seconds. (For perspective, that is the same as the Aston Martin DB7). So, a car which has a very boxy design doing 0-100 km/h times as quick as an extremely aerodynamically fit car is rather very impressive. Along with a quick response, the Defender Works V8 is capable of a top speed of up to 170 km/h.
The engine will be paired with an eight-speed ZF auto gearbox with a ‘sport’ mode. Land Rover Defender Works V8 will have bigger brakes, better suspension, dampers, 18-inch alloys and all-terrain tyres. It will all be fitted within a 'specially selected re-engineered Defender chassis’. It will come in two variants - 90 and 110.
Buying one of these is literally bringing home a nostalgic icon, but it will not be so easy. It has been priced at GBP 1,50,000 for the 90 chassis! And of course, a bigger price tag for the 110.