Land Rover Launches V8 Edition to Celebrate 70th Anniversary


Land Rover recently announced that they will be offering a limited-edition high-performance version of the iconic Defender, with up to 150 V8-powered examples re-engineered all in celebration the Land Rover marque’s 70th anniversary in 2018.

The Defender Works V8 pays homage to the early high-powered engines in both the Series III Stage 1 V8 from 1979 and subsequent Defenders including the 50th Anniversary Edition. Both of these vehicles are which are highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors today.

The Defender Works V8 is the most powerful and fastest version that Land Rover has ever created. It will accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.6sec, while top speed is increased to 106mph. In addition, The V8 powertrain will be fitted to 150 specially-selected and re-engineered Defenders for the 70th Edition. They will be complemented by an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with sport mode, uprated brakes and handling kit (springs, dampers and anti-roll bars), plus exclusive 18-inch diamond-turned Sawtooth alloy wheels and 265/65 R18 all-terrain tyres.

Drivers can choose from 8 standard body colors including two satin finishes – all contrasting with a Santorini Black roof, wheel arches and front grille – finished with machined aluminium door handles, fuel filler cap and Defender bonnet lettering. There will also be a comprehensive lighting upgrade that includes bi-LED headlamps.

As far is the interior goes, the Defender Works V8 features full Windsor Leather interior trim that covers the dashboard, door panels, headlining and Recaro sports seats. Land Rover Classic’s own Classic Infotainment System is also included.

In addition, a select number of upgrades that have been inspired by Defender Works V8 will also be available to purchase soon from Land Rover Classic. These include power upgrades for the TDCi diesel engine, high-performance suspension and braking kits.

Land Rover intends to continue the Defender lineage and will use its technology, pioneering engineering capability and design expertise to ensure the longevity of the Defender name.

To learn more about the Defender Works V8, make sure to contact Jaguar Land Rover Porsche Volvo of Greenville today. 

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