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2018 Land Rover Defender Works V8. Photo: Supplied
 
 

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David McCowen | Jan, 17 2018 | 0 Comments

Land Rover's Defender is back for one more encore ... sort of.

The British automaker has announced plans to build a limited run of its iconic off-roader, transforming second-hand examples into its vision for the ultimate off-roader.

Ditching the standard model’s 90kW diesel engine in favour of a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 kicking out 297kW and 515Nm, the Defender Works V8 features an eight-speed automatic transmission, uprated brakes and revised suspension that should transform how it drives.

Land Rover promises the model can reach 100km/h in less than six seconds, making the Defender Works V8 the quickest-accelerating model in its 70 year history. Top speed for the wagon is limited to 170km/h, suggesting that high-speed stability was not a core focus of its development.

Up to 150 examples will be built in the UK, priced from £150,000 for a short-wheelbase version. That price pushes it above the top-end Range Rover SV Autobiography Dynamic, a flagship model that retails for $315,700 in Australia.

The British marque’s local arm does not plan to officially offer the Defender Works V8 into Australia, however, resourceful collectors may find a way to import their own example.

Local enthusiasts may have to settle for a range of upgrade kits based on the Defender Works V8, with suspension, braking and power upgrade kits for existing models set to be offered to owners in the near future.

An all-new version of the Defender is currently in development.

Land Rover Defender Works pricing and specifications:

Price: From £150,000 ($260,000)
On sale: Not in Australia
Engine: 5.0-litre petrol V8
Power: 297kW at 6000rpm
Torque: 515Nm at 5000rpm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, four-wheel-drive
Fuel use: NA

MORE: Land Rover News and Reviews

 
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