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Land Rover Defender returns for marque’s 70th anniversary with V8

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Land Rover said that the iconic Defender will be re-engineered for the marque’s 70th anniversary in 2018. 150 specially-selected Defenders will get a new V8.

Speaking of which, the 5.0 naturally aspirated V8 petrol produces 405 PS @ 6,000 rpm and 515 Nm of torque @ 5,000 rpm. Transmission is an 8-Speed ZF automatic with sport mode, sending power to the all four wheels. There is a two-speed transfer box, heavy-duty front and rear differentials, and torque-biasing centre differential.

Brakes have been updated as well, and the Defender V8 rides on 18-inch diamond-turned Sawtooth alloy wheels wearing 265/65 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 directly from Land Rover Classic, with prices starting from £150,000 for a 90 in the UK.

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