As you probably know by now, this year is the 70th anniversary of Land Rover. And as you probably also know by now, an all-new Defender will make its first appearance later this year. So why not capitalize on these two events by reintroducing the last-generation Defender as a special edition for the 70th anniversary? That’s exactly what Land Rover has done and the result is unbelievable.
Land Rover will hand-build up to 150 examples of what it’s calling the the Defender Works V8. These will be nearly-new vehicles starting with 2012-2015 model year donors, rebuilt to order featuring a V8 engine. But not just any V8. This ultimate collectible will be powered by the 405-hp/380-lb-ft supercharged 5-liter that normally comes under the hood of a Range Rover. All that power will flow to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, allowing for 5.6-second 0-to-60 mph time.
Keeping it all under control is an upgraded suspension with stiffer springs and shocks, plus anti-roll bars. Braking has been upgraded as well to deal with the extra zeal. The Works Defender V8 will roll on 18-inch Sawtooth wheels wearing 265/65-18 all-terrain rubber.
Styling will resemble the last of the regular-production Defenders that last rolled off the line in Solihull two years ago, but with improvements to the lighting with bi-LED headlamps and machined aluminum door handles, hood lettering and fuel filler cap. Eight standard colors will be offered, but all will be finished with Santorini Black for the roof, grille and fender flares.
Inside, the cockpit features Recaro sport seats and is fully wrapped in Windsor leather, down to the dashboard door panels, and even the headliner. A contemporary entertainment system has been fitted as well.
Land Rover will build you a Works Defender V8 (at least if you live in one of the markets where the last Defender was available) in either 90 or 110 station wagon spec. Of course, it won’t come cheap. A Works V8 90 will start at £150,000, or about $207,000. Of course, this is likely to be the last (for real this time) of the original Defenders, and undoubtedly the most unique.
Meanwhile, we’re setting a timer for 25 years so we can wait for a chance to bid on one at seconddaily.com.