The Land Rover Defender Works V8 70th Edition is an interim model, designed to stimulate interest in the Defender brand which is currently enjoying an interregnum. It is not the new Defender which is due at the end of the decade. The Works V8 name is a clue that this low-volume run, up to 150 will be made, subject to demand, is the work of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, the arm of JLR that specialises in re-working old cars. The Defender famously went out of production in 2016, so these models are all lovingly restored/modified models of late 90s or 110s, made as new continuation models. Both wheelbases and body styles can be converted into Works V8s.
The specs are pretty mind-boggling, with the group's punchy, but naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 stuffed under the bonnet. There's a more than ample 400bhp and 380lb ft of torque being fed to all four 18-inch diamond-turned Sawtooth alloy wheels shod in 265/65 R18 all-terrain tyres.
It's quite an engineering feat to get it all to work together, so the suspension and steering have been worked over to cope with that excess of grunt. Not that we're expecting the Works V8 70th Edition to corner like a Range Rover Sport.
The Works V8 70th edition example offered here is based on a Defender 90XS TD and has had the full works V8 magic carried out on it, and has only covered 57 miles since. This vehicle is in superb condition in every way and still has the original stickers on the exhaust and other ancillaries .Only for sale due to being part of a deceased estate, and is obviously a fantastic opportunity for any collector of classic vehicles to own one of these limited edition examples.
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