The Land Rover Defender is back, sort of

Land Rover Defender Works V8 2It was a sad day back in 2016 when Land Rover finally announced the death of the legendary Defender, a car that had been at the top of its league since 1945. The Defender was killed off due to emissions and safety concerns that made the Defender too expensive to continue making. Weirdly however Land Rover announced today the release of a new V8 Defender. Built to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Land Rover, the Land Rover Defender Works V8 is pretty much the same car that ceased production back in 2016, but this time comes with a 5.0 litre V8.

That big 5.0 litre V8 means that this defender is actually the fastest Defender ever, with a 0-62 time of just 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 106MPH, quick for what is essentially a shed on wheels. That modern V8 is teamed with an 8 speed automatic transmission with sport mode, another first for a Defender. The Defenders underpinnings have also been upgraded to cope with the abuse of that new engine, the Works Defender comes with uprated brakes, springs, dampers and anti roll bars.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classics director said: “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.”

Whilst little has changed on the outside of the Works Defender V8 other than a new fuel filler cap and some shiny new aggressive alloys the interior has been swathed in leather and the seats have been replaced with sports style Recaro seats. Both 90 (short wheelbase) and 110 (long wheel base) versions of the Land Rover Defender Works V8 will be built with prices starting at £150,000 for the special edition 90.

What do you think of the new Land Rover Defender Works V8, let us know in the comments.

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