Land Rover is offering a comprehensive set of upgrades for the old Defender just before the all-new model arrives.
The all-new Land Rover Defender will make its world debut this September, starting a new era of the iconic, rugged off-roader. Not to leave owners of the old model left out, Land Rover Classic is offering a range of upgrades for the old Defender inspired by the limited-edition Defender Works V8 built to celebrate the Defender’s 70th anniversary. Available for Defender 90 and 110 models built between 1994 and 2016, the upgrade kit enhances the SUV’s performance and off-road agility.
Defenders built from 1994 onwards can be upgraded with diamond-turned 18-inch Sawtooth alloy wheels, while newer models built from 2007 onwards can be fitted with a Defender Suspension Upgrade Kit that makes the SUV more refined for the road thanks to revised coil spring rates, dampers, anti-roll bars, links, and bushes. A Handling Upgrade Kit also adds uprated Works V8 specification brake discs, pads, and calipers to the 18-inch Sawtooth alloy wheels and enhanced suspension.
The most comprehensive upgrade option is only available on 2.2-liter TDCi models produced from the 2012 model year onwards and is only available direct from Land Rover Classic. Land Rover’s Defender Classic Works Upgrade Kit includes all of the wheel, brake and suspension upgrades and adds new performance tires and an engine upgrade delivering an extra 40 horsepower, bringing the total output to 160 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque. As a result, top speed has increased to 106 mph.
In addition, the Classic Works Upgrade Kit includes unique badging on the front wings to remind everyone this isn’t an ordinary Defender, an owner’s certificate, vehicle collection, health check and handover with a tour of Land Rover’s Classic Works, UK, or Essen, Germany, facility where the upgrade is carried out.
Pricing for the Defender Classic Works Upgrade Kit costs £16,995 for the Defender 90 and 110, while the Handling Upgrade costs £10,391.47 for the 90 and £9,967.37 for the 110. A Suspension Upgrade Kit will set you back £2,247.07 for the 90 and £1,822.97 for the 110. Alternatively, the 18-inch Sawtooth wheel kit and tires can be fitted for £4,068.