Put the two together and what have you got ? Something special..and that is just what JLR have created – something special with the 70th anniversary edition V8 Defender.
However, these aren’t ‘new’ Defender, the V8 Defender will be re-engineered vehicles, completely rebuilt and fitted with JLR’s 5.0-litre 400bhp naturally aspirated V8 engine, coupled to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. That’ll give a 90 exceptional performance, propelling it from 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds!
Land Rover Classic will be producing up to 150 Defenders with the starting price of a cool £150,000 for 90 models. There will also be some 110 models available.
What do you get for your money?
A fully rebuilt and re-engineered Defender with the V8 engine and eight-speed gearbox, complete with pistol shifter. The two-speed transfer box is fitted with a torque-biasing centre differential, while the front and rear diffs are heavy-duty. The exterior is finished off with rear LED stop/tail and indicators, and Nolden LED headlights, as fitted to the Defender Celebration models in 2015.
The interior gets the full works too. Modelling the ‘Windsor Leather’ interior trim that covers the dashboard, door panels, headlining and Recaro Sports seats. In car entertainment is brought to you by Land Rover Classic’s own Classic Infotainment System.
They even beefed the brakes up too! With 335mm front and 300mm rear discs and four-pot cylinders front and rear. These push the standard wheel size up to 18-inch, and the diamond-turned Sawtooth alloys are shod with 265/85 R18 BF Goodrich All-Terrain KO2 tyres. A handling kit including front and rear anti-roll bars is also fitted.
There were rumours of a V8 special edition before the launch of the Celebration Editions and now this has been addressed and the 70th Edition that will be available in the UK, and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) markets on a personal import basis. European market availability is also on an individual import basis, subject to rules on importation of vehicle conversions.
We all love the iconic Land Rover Defender first seen in public 70 years ago, and now the thought of a powerful and fast V8 Defender is definitely something to get excited about!
Surely this is the ultimate finishing touch for all you Defender collector’s out there?