Small-scale production of the classic Land Rover Defender has started

Small-scale production of the classic Land Rover Defender has started 1




The Land Rover Classic division announced the start of sales of the next limited edition of the classic Defender — it was called Defender Works V8 Trophy II. A total of 25 such SUVs will be produced, each of which costs 225 thousand pounds. This is three times more than the initial price of a modern Defender (from 67.7 thousand pounds).

Production of the frame Defender stopped six years ago, but in 2021 the company released a limited batch of such SUVs in the performance of Works V8 Trophy — all 25 cars were sold out in three days. A year later, the automaker decided to repeat its former success and presented the Works V8 Trophy II special series.

The novelty was built on the basis of stock Defender, produced in the period from 2012 to 2016. Moreover, at first, the SUVs were disassembled, and then reassembled, but with modifications. So, the original turbo diesel gave way to a 5.0-liter gasoline “atmospheric” V8, which develops 405 horsepower. The motor works in tandem with a ZF 8-Speed Automatic Transmission and a two-stage transfer case.

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The center differential appeared, the suspension and steering were upgraded, and the braking system was strengthened. Externally, the special version can be recognized by the camouflage coloring: the drawing is made up of contours of countries and continents. There were power thresholds without footrests and 18-inch black wheels. There is also an expedition trunk, an additional lighting unit, a winch, and a tow loop at the rear.

The public presentation of the novelty will take place in the UK during an amateur Camel Trophy competition. Whether Defender Works V8 Trophy II will be able to repeat the success of its predecessor will become known in the near future.

Source: Land Rover