Back in 2016, Land Rover stated that the classic Defender wouldn’t return to production. The automaker, though, didn’t say anything about special edition models. While it’s easy to get excited and think that the Defender is back, this variant of the iconic Defender is a limited-edition model.
The Land Rover Defender Works V8 is meant to mark Land Rover’s 70th anniversary and pays homage to the automaker’s early models that were equipped with V8 engines. Powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that 400 horsepower (405PS) and 380 pound-feet of torque, Land Rover claims that the special-edition model is the fastest and most powerful Defender ever. The engine is matched to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox with sport mode.
With the combination of the V8 and the quick-shifting transmission, zero to 60 mph (96km/h) takes just 5.6 seconds. And the boxy SUV tops out at 106 mph or 171km/h. That’s quick, but the Defenders Works V8 is also fitted with upgraded brakes, as well as improved springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars, so it should handle better. To make sure the SUV can still do Defender-like things, it’s fitted with R18 all-terrain tires with 18-inch alloys for some extra pizzazz.
Eight body colors will be offered for the model, which includes two satin finishes that will wear a contrasting Santorini Black roof, wheel arches, and front grille. All units of the special-edition Defender get machined aluminum door handles, a fuel-filler cap, and Defender lettering on the hood. The last notable exterior feature on the outside is a lighting upgrade that includes bi-LED headlights.
The interior has also been updated with things like Recaro sport seats, as well as full Windsor leather interior trim for the dashboard, door panels, and headlining. A classic version of Land Rover’s infotainment system is on hand as a nice, classic touch.
Only 150 units of the Defender Works V8 will be made. The SUV will be available in both 90 and 110 wheelbases. Pricing for the 90 variant starts at £150,000 (approximately $207,250) for interested customers in the UK. The Defender Works V8, as you've probably guessed by now, won't be available in the U.S. Prices, though, can exceed that figure as upgrades, including a TDCi diesel engine and high-performance suspension and braking kits are also available.