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Land Rover revives original Defender in Works V8 Trophy guise

Tuhin Guha Published: February 10, 2021, 03:04 PM IST

Land Rover Classic, the firms heritage arm, has announced it will build 25 units of the original Defender with a specific set of modifications to compete in a Land Rover Trophy adventure competition at Eastnor Castle, Land Rover's traditional development and testing base. Called the Defender Works V8 Trophy, these 4x4s are based on the Defender Works V8 restomod that the firm already creates based on late last-gen Defenders from 2012-2016,

The Works V8 Trophy will be made in a mix of both 90 and 110 bodystyles and be powered by the 5.0-litre V8 making 405PS and 515 Nm while being paired with an 8-speed ZF torque converter automatic. These Defenders will be finished in Eastnor Yellow paint with the wheel arches, bonnet and rear door done up in Narvik Black, in harking back to the iconic Camel Trophy Defenders.  Also being added are matching 16-inch steel wheels, LED headlamps, a Heritage front grille, unique Land Rover Trophy badging and event participation graphics personalised to each customer.

These vehicles will also feature significantly uprated suspension, steering and braking packages designed for competition use. Also added are a front winch, multi-point expedition cage, roof rack, underbody protection, A-bar, raised air intake, LED spotlights and mud-terrain tyres. The insides are done up in black Windsor leather upholstery with contrasting yellow stitching, Recaro sports seats, Land Rover Classic's infotainment system with navigation and voice controls and a bespoke Land Rover Trophy clock by Eliot Brown.

Owners of the Defender Trophy will drive their cars for the first time at the offroading event, competing for a range of prices. They will also be trained in the driving skills needed to operate these vehicles in challenging conditions with guidance from race car drive and Land Rover ambassador Jessica Hawkins and 1989 Came Trophy winner Bob Ives. Prices for the Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy start from GBP 1,95,000 in the UK for a Defender 90.

Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 73.98 Lakhs
Displacement
1997cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
300
Max Torque(Nm)
400
Mileage
8.7 Kmpl
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