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Biggest news in 20 years - Defender Works V8 70th Edition
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:05 am    Post subject: Biggest news in 20 years - Defender Works V8 70th Edition Reply with quote

Press release from Land Rover just issued:

DEFENDER LIVES ON: LAND ROVER LAUNCHES V8 EDITION
TO CELEBRATE 70TH ANNIVERSARY

• 405PS Defender Works V8 celebrates 70 years of Land Rover marque
• 5.0-litre petrol V8 Defender is the most powerful and fastest ever created by Land Rover, with 0-60mph in 5.6sec*
• Collector’s edition – Limited run of up to 150 Defenders badged 70th Edition
• All enquiries from prospective Defender Works V8 clients should be directed to Land Rover Classic: info@classic.landrover.co.uk / +44 (0) 203 601 1255

Land Rover today announces a limited-edition high-performance version of the iconic Defender, with up to 150 V8-powered examples re-engineered to celebrate 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, which are highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors today.

Defender Works V8 is the most powerful and fastest version that Land Rover has ever created. The 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol V8 powertrain produces 405PS and 515 Nm of torque (the standard Defender delivered 122PS and 360 Nm). The Defender Works V8 will accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.6sec*, while top speed is increased to 106mph.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said: “It’s fitting that we’ve been able to release the full potential of the iconic Defender, whose much-loved shape remains synonymous with Land Rover, 70 years since it was seen in public for the first time.
“The idea of reintroducing a V8 Defender was something we were discussing as far back as 2014, when we were still building the Defender in Solihull. We knew the demand was there for a powerful and fast Defender; the Land Rover authenticity is the ultimate finishing touch for discerning clients purchasing these collector’s edition Defenders.”

The V8 powertrain will be fitted to 150 specially-selected and re-engineered Defenders for the 70th Edition, 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.

Eight standard body colours include two satin finishes – contrasting with a Santorini Black roof, wheel arches and front grille – finished with machined aluminium door handles, fuel filler cap and Defender bonnet lettering. A comprehensive lighting upgrade includes bi-LED headlamps.

Full Windsor Leather interior trim covers the dashboard, door panels, headlining and Recaro sports seats. Land Rover Classic’s own Classic Infotainment System is also fitted.

Both 90 and 110 wheelbase Defender Works V8 derivatives will be available to purchase direct from Land Rover Classic, with prices starting from £150,000 for a 90 in the UK.

A select number of upgrades inspired by Defender Works V8 will also be available to purchase soon from Land Rover Classic, including 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.

The all-new Defender is subject to further announcements.

TECHNICAL DATA
LAND ROVER DEFENDER WORKS V8 – 70TH EDITION
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

Engine capacity (cc)
4,999
Cylinders
V8 naturally-aspirated petrol (EU5)
Power PS
405 @ 6,000rpm
Torque Nm
515 @ 5,000rpm
Transmission
8-speed automatic with Pistol Shifter, All-Wheel Drive, two-speed transfer box, heavy-duty front and rear differentials, torque-biasing centre differential
CHASSIS

Front and rear suspension
Front: live beam axle, coil springs, telescopic dampers. Panhard rod and Radius arms. Anti-roll bar
Rear: live beam axle, coil springs, telescopic dampers. ‘A’ frame and Trailing Links. Anti-roll bar.
Front brakes
Servo-assisted 335mm discs, four-piston calipers
Rear brakes
Servo-assisted 300mm discs, four-piston calipers
Wheels and tyres
18in diamond-turned Sawtooth alloy wheels, 265/65 R18 all-terrain tyres
Steering
Recirculating ball, power-assisted
PERFORMANCE & ECONOMY

0-60mph (sec)
5.6 (*90 Station Wagon)
Top speed (mph)
106 (limited)

MARKET AVAILABILITY

Defender Works V8 is available in the United Kingdom, and MENA markets on a personal import basis. European market availability is also on an individual import basis, subject to rules on importation of vehicle conversions.

V8 DEFENDER HISTORY

• V8 powertrains in the Land Rover Defender and its production predecessors started with the Series III Stage 1 V8 of 1979. The carburetted 3.5-litre Rover V8 produced 90bhp.
• The Land Rover One Ten from 1983, and Ninety from 1984, used the same 3.5-litre Rover V8 engine as the Series III Stage 1 V8, but in 113bhp form, uprated to 135bhp from 1987.
• For North American Specification (NAS) Defender 90s and 110s only, from 1992, a 182bhp fuel-injected 3.9-litre version of the Rover V8 was fitted, along with a four-speed automatic transmission.
• In 1998, the fuel-injected 190bhp 4.0-litre V8 from the second-generation Range Rover was fitted to a limited run of 50th Anniversary Defender 90s, with a four-speed automatic transmission.
• 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated 2018 Defender Works V8 is the first official V8-powered Land Rover Defender to be introduced since 1998.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just checked it wasn't 01 April... Shocked £150,000
There will be a number of defender conversions and copies made
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess JLR must be looking short of their forecasts and looking for a way of extracting some more money from the loyal Defender customer base.

You've got to love the concept of sell a truck, buy it back second hand, pimp it up, and charge 4x what you originally charged for it and call it a limited edition...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:22 am    Post subject: Defender Works V8 70th Edition Reply with quote

Can only be good news for us with 50ths that rolled off the original assembly line,new as opposed to a reworked model!

At that price we can afford some restoration and maintenance work Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:31 am    Post subject: Re: Defender Works V8 70th Edition Reply with quote

Haf64 wrote:
Can only be good news for us with 50ths that rolled off the original assembly line,new as opposed to a reworked model!

At that price we can afford some restoration and maintenance work Laughing


With restored 50ths selling at £35-50,000 these days a restoration is already affordable.

For me Land Rover have missed the point with this price tag. I see the Defender, even the special editions, as cars to be used and driven. Most enthusiasts can't or won't pay that price tag.

I am sure these will sell, but you can be sure only a fraction of them will be bought by people who will actually drive them on a regular basis, the majority will go to collectors and speculators and spend their lives in air conditioned storage.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greg I love that you stayed up to post about it Smile
Can’t wait to see the finished product.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was embargoed until 00:01.......

Top Gear website however posted it at 9.30pm until it was quickly removed.....the it appeared again at midnight!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So very exciting that despite having the last Defender off the production line... short time later Defender is back, this time with a V8 and auto transmission!!

Brilliant!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the price of 50ths will increase due to the media coverage.

Anyone who can't afford the £150k price tag for a 70th or don't make the guest list may look to buy the next best thing.

Mines not for sale - couldn't justify the 70th even if I had the cash spare; BUT
We all already have the next best thing... Very Happy

Makes the Chevy LS conversions of the TDCi Defenders look cheap at £60k
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is insane. Still no galvanised chassis, but worse, no roll cage! Roll this at 20mph and you are dead. JLR exhibiting that they still don't know what they're doing, all these years on. I would love to get excited about it, but it's just plain insane - everything about it is, the price, the spec, the almost-certain accident that will kill someone. A bad, bad move.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think some people havent realised that these are used Defenders not new ones !!

So yes the last one did leave the production line.

Its just another sales gimic for Land Rover Classic....no different to the RR Classic rebuilds etc.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Other than general wear and tear through use, why are LR seeking low mileage donor vehicles - 2012 onwards, to for the basis of a donor vehicle which then is called a 70th ? My Q is why a low mileage given they are throwing the diesel lump away anyway to be replaced with a V8 ?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and it'll still leak Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This makes the Wildcat 6.2L conversion look cheap at 'ONLY' £70k plus a post 2007 Defender....

GB40 planning to attend LR event pending advise of equestrian fixtures.

Should be a great day out.

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