Land Rover has announced that it is releasing a limited-run high-performance version of its iconic Defender.
To mark the brandâ€™s 70th anniversary its team of Jaguar Land Rover Classic restoration specialists have created the Defender Works V8, the most powerful and fastest Defender theyâ€™ve ever built.
With a 5.0-litre, naturally aspirated V8 engine, the Defender Works produces 400bhp and 380lb/ft – up just a touch from the standard Defenderâ€™s 120bhp and 266lb/ft.
Despite the Defenderâ€™s brick-like lines, thatâ€™s enough to get it to 60mph in just 5.6 seconds. Physics does still get a bit of a say, with the top speed limited to less impressive 106mph.
Land Rover say that the Defender Works 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.
Each of the 150 cars in the limited-edition series is a specially-selected and comprehensively re-engineered original Defender fitted with a host of performance-oriented components. Both 90 and 110 wheelbase derivatives will be available.
Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic director, said: â€œItâ€™s fitting that weâ€™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.
â€œThe 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 collectorâ€™s edition Defenders.â€
The V8 powertrain will be complemented by an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with sport mode and, thankfully, there are uprated brakes and handling kit (springs, dampers and anti-roll bars) to keep things in line. Exterior upgrades include exclusive 18-inch alloys, machined aluminium door handles, fuel filler cap and Defender bonnet lettering plus bi-LED headlamps.
Inside, the Defender Works lays on as much luxury as the â€œcosyâ€ cabin allows, with full Windsor leather interior, Recaro sports seats and. Land Rover Classicâ€™s Classic Infotainment System.
And the price for this luxury and performance? How does Â£150,000 strike you?