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Land Rover Defender Works V8 Limited Edition Unveiled

Land Rover Defender Works V8 Limited Edition Unveiled

Snapshot: Land Rover has unveiled a limited-edition high-performance version of the iconic Defender to celebrate the marque’s 70th anniversary in 2018.

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Land Rover has unveiled a limited-edition high-performance version of the iconic Defender to celebrate the marque’s 70th anniversary in 2018. Being christened as 'Land Rover Defender Works V8 Edition', it 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. A select number of high-performance upgrades inspired by Defender Works V8 will also be available to purchase soon from Land Rover Classic, including power upgrades for the TDCi diesel engine, fast-road suspension and braking kits.

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Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, 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." Land Rover Defender Works V8 Edition comes in eight standard body colours including 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 headlamps. The cabin boasts of full Windsor Leather trim which covers the dashboard, door panels, headlining and Recaro sports seats. Land Rover Classic’s own classic infotainment system is also fitted as standard.

“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,” added Hannig. The Defender Works V8 limited edition is the most powerful and fastest version that Land Rover has ever created. Being powered by the 5.0L naturally-aspirated V8 petrol engine, it has maximum power of 400bhp and peak torque of 515Nm, while the standard Defender delivered 120bhp and 360Nm. The engine is linked to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission with sport mode, uprated brakes and handling kit. The Defender Works V8 accelerates from 0-100kmph in 5.7 seconds, while top speed is increased to 170kmph.

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