Review

Hot Defender Works V8

by staff writer JP

Fastest Landy Defender ever created with a 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds

This limited edition, performance version of the iconic Defender will see 150 cars engineered as V8’s. It’s also time for celebration as the Land Rover marque’s 70th anniversary is in 2018.

The Defender Works pays homage to the early V8 engines in both the Series III Stage 1 from 1979. Subsequent Defenders including the 50th Anniversary Edition, are highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors.

Defender Works V8 is the most powerful that Land Rover has ever created. The 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol V8 powertrain produces 405PS and 515 Nm of torque. Clocking in at well over 100mph, hopefully tested on smooth ground.

"It’s fitting that we’ve been able to release the full potential of the iconic Defender, 70 years since it was seen in public for the first time"
Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director

With eight colours to choose from, contrasting with the black roof, wheel arches and front grille. Aluminium door handles, filler cap and Defender bonnet lettering are a nice touch. A comprehensive lighting upgrade includes bi-LED headlamps.

Full leather interior trim covers the dashboard, door panels, headlining and Recaro sports seats. Land Rover Classic’s own Classic Infotainment System is also fitted. From new, both 90 and 110 wheelbase Defender Works V8’s are available to purchase direct from Land Rover Classic, with prices starting from £150,000.