Khodrocar - Land Rover has taken a look at the masses of tuners offering pimped-out Defenders and decided that if you can’t join them, you might as well beat them – the result is a limited run of 150 old-style Defenders that have been thoroughly worked over by the company’s Jaguar Land Rover Classic division based on the outskirts of Coventry.
The ultimate aim of the special edition Defender resurrection is to celebrate 70 years of the iconic off-roader in 2018 ahead of the launch of an all-new version of the car that will likely end up very different.
The Defender Works V8 gets a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 pumping out 405 horsepower and 515 Newton-meters (380 pound-feet) of torque, making it the most powerful officially sanctioned Defender ever to hit the road. It will reach 62 mph (100 kph) from rest in 5.6 seconds and will go on to a no-doubt-terrifying 106 mph (170 kph) limited top speed.
"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," said Jaguar Land Rover Classic director Tim Hannig.
"The idea of reintroducing a V8 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.’