Welcome to the Defender 70th Edition and it’s a V8

In Featured Articles, Land Rover, Short Cuts by Jonathan Humphrey

Taking a real pop at the top title – King of the Hill a 405PS Defender Works V8 has been announced. That’s serious power for a Defender.

 
Land Rover Classic has chosen to endow this charmer with a 5.0-litre V8 engine along with an 8-speed ZF transmission.

Not short on performance, with a prairie crossing top speed of 106mph….in a Defender and 0-60mph in just 5.6 seconds. Just 150 of these beasts will be built, and with an elevated price tag starting at £150k.

The vehicle pays homage to the V8 Land Rover Series III Stage 1 V8 and the 50th Anniversary Edition, the model I purchased in Cheltenham from new and have since sold. It was by far the thirstiest vehicle I ever owned even with its paltry 190hp in comparison. I note there are no numbers released for emissions or mpg so far on this 70th Edition.

Fortunately, the 70th Edition isn’t just a power upgrade; it’s equipped with uprated bi-LED lights, a sport-mode, uprated brakes and handling kit (springs, dampers and anti-roll bars). To complete the look 18-inch diamond turned sawtooth alloy wheels and R18 all -terrain tyres.

On the inside is a full Windsor leather interior with Recaro sports seats and even an infotainment system. The 70th Edition will be available in eight colours, including two satins, contrasted with a Santorini Black roof wheel arches and grille. The finishing touches are machined aluminium door handles, fuel cap and bonnet lettering.

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Land Rover knew the demand was there back in the last days of the Defender so this latest 70th Anniversary model will satisfy, for the well-heeled.

A selection of the parts inspired by the 70th Edition will also be available for the recent Defender models, including power upgrade kits for the TDCi engine, fast road-suspension kits and upgrades for braking.

I don’t think we will be seeing too many of these doing what they are best at.

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