Ryton-on-Dunsmore, UK – 17 January 2018 – Land Rover today announces a limited-edition high-performance version of the iconic Defender, with a Limited run of up to 150 Collector’s Edition badged V8-powered examples, re-engineered to celebrate the Land Rover marque’s 70th anniversary in 2018.
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.
- 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 500 hp / 380 lb-ft torque (405 PS and 515 Nm)
- The standard Defender delivered 120 hp / 266 lb-ft torque (122 PS and 360 Nm)
- The Defender Works V8 will accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.6sec*, while top speed is increased to 106 mph (171 kph)
- The Defender Works V8 vehicles will not be available in the United States
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.
“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.”
- The V8 powertrain will be fitted to 150 specially-selected and re-engineered Defenders for the 70th Edition, complemented by an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with sport mode, uprated brakes and handling kit (springs, dampers and anti-roll bars), plus exclusive 18-inch diamond-turned Sawtooth alloy wheels and 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 headlamps.
- Full Windsor Leather interior trim covers the dashboard, door panels, head lining and Recaro sports seats.
- Land Rover Classic’s own Classic Infotainment System is also fitted.
A select number of 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, high-performance suspension and braking kits.
The all-new Defender is subject to further announcements.
For further Land Rover Classic media information visit: www.landrover.com/explore-land-rover/reborn.html
TECHNICAL DATA – LAND ROVER DEFENDER WORKS V8 – 70TH EDITION
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Engine capacity: 4,999cc
Cylinders: V8 naturally-aspirated petrol (EU5)
Power PS: 405 @ 6,000rpm
Torque Nm: 515 @ 5,000rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic with Pistol Shifter, All-Wheel Drive, two-speed transfer box, heavy-duty front and rear differentials, torque-biasing centre differential
Front: live beam axle, coil springs, telescopic dampers. Panhard rod and Radius arms. Anti-roll bar
Rear: live beam axle, coil springs, telescopic dampers. ‘A’ frame and Trailing Links. Anti-roll bar.
Front brakes: Servo-assisted 335mm discs, four-piston calipers
Rear brakes: Servo-assisted 300mm discs, four-piston calipers
Wheels and tyres: 18in diamond-turned Sawtooth alloy wheels, 265/65 R18 all-terrain tyres
Steering: Recirculating ball, power-assisted
PERFORMANCE & ECONOMY
0-60mph (sec): 5.6 (*90 Station Wagon)
Top speed (mph): 106 (limited)
Defender Works V8 is available in the United Kingdom, and MENA markets on a personal import basis. European market availability is also on an individual import basis, subject to rules on importation of vehicle conversions.
V8 DEFENDER HISTORY
– V8 powertrains in the Land Rover Defender and its production predecessors started with the Series III Stage 1 V8 of 1979. The carburetted 3.5-litre Rover V8 produced 90bhp
– The Land Rover One Ten from 1983, and Ninety from 1984, used the same 3.5-litre Rover V8 engine as the Series III Stage 1 V8, but in 113bhp form, uprated to 135bhp from 1987
– For North American Specification (NAS) Defender 90s and 110s only, from 1992, a 182bhp fuel-injected 3.9-litre version of the Rover V8 was fitted, along with a four-speed automatic transmission
– In 1998, the fuel-injected 190bhp 4.0-litre V8 from the second-generation Range Rover was fitted to a limited run of 50th Anniversary Defender 90s, with a four-speed automatic transmission
– 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated 2018 Defender Works V8 is the first official V8-powered Land Rover Defender to be introduced since 1998
All enquiries from prospective Defender Works V8 clients should be directed to Land Rover Classic: email@example.com / +44 (0) 203 601 1255
Copyright © 2018 by Iain Shankland. All rights reserved.
Text / Images: Land Rover UK
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