When you have a car as iconic as the Defender, pulling can be difficult.
Land Rover seems to be having a particularly rough time with this, and we know that because it is releasing another limited edition of its now-defunct off-roader, five years after production officially ended.
What’s more special is that it’s not an upgraded version, with chrome accents with sleek interiors. On the contrary, the British brand has dug deep into its roots to create the rugged Defender Works V8 Trophy, a limited series of 25 classic Defenders inspired by the Camel Trophy.
If you’ve been a Defenders fan, you know that the competition, which took place between 1989 and 2000, was best known for using Land Rover vehicles on difficult terrain. The annual event took its name from Camel cigarettes, its title sponsor, and saw modified versions of the SUV take part in special tasks such as timed rally stages, winch tests and orienteering races.
The 90 short wheelbase two-door wagon and 110 long wheelbase four-door wagon will be available here, all based on the existing chassis and designed by Land Rover’s Classic division.
The Camel sponsorship may be gone, and instead a similar-looking Land Rover brand sticker, but the recognizable cream-yellow paint scheme remains, although it is now called Eastnor Yellow in honor of the center. manufacturer’s test in the UK. Still, there are enough references to take you back to the golden days of the classic Defender, like the outer roll cage and underbody guard, a raised air intake, and an electric winch.
Both wheelbases will be fitted with a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 delivering 399 hp and 513 Nm of torque, although it is now also fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. Land Rover Classic already offered this powertrain with the Defender Works V8, another special edition launched in 2018 to celebrate Land Rover’s 70th anniversary. In its short combat form, it was capable of 0-100 km / h in just 5.6 seconds. The Defender Works V8 Trophy will also be offered with larger brakes and new telescopic shocks.
The 4 × 4 continues the color scheme with an all-black Windsor leather upholstery, Recaro sport seats with contrasting yellow stitching and an Elliot Brown Land Rover Trophy watch face.
But what good is an SUV if you can’t get it dirty? Customers of this special edition will be able to put the cars to the test on an exclusive three-day adventure at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire. Off-road competition will also be their first time behind the wheel of the car, so they won’t waste time getting their new babies ready, with personalized supervision, of course.