Land Rover's most powerful Defender ever built has sold out just one month after it was announced.
Land Rover has big plans for the upcoming 70th anniversary of the legendary Defender. Just 150 examples of the reborn Land Rover Defender Works V8 are being built to celebrate the iconic SUV’s landmark anniversary. And, according to Autocar, every one of them has already been sold, just one month after the special edition off-roader was first announced. It’s not surprising, however, when you consider that this is the fastest and most powerful Land Rover Defender ever built.
Hand-built by Land Rover Classic, under the hood of the re-engineered Defender lies a 5.0-liter, naturally-aspirated gasoline V8 producing 400 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, making it significantly more powerful than the discontinued standard Defender, which delivered 120 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. As a result of the upgrade, 0-60 mph takes 5.6 seconds, while top speed is increased to 106 mph. Power is sent through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with sport mode. Other unique features include uprated brakes, a handling kit consisting of springs, dampers and anti-roll bars, and exclusive 18-inch alloys with 265/65 tires.
It’s also a tribute to early Land Rovers that were fitted with powerful V8s, such as the Series III Stage V8 and the 50th Anniversary Edition, as well as the first V8-powered Defender to be launched since 1998. Both 90 and 110 wheelbase versions of the Defender Works V8 are being built with a choice of eight colors and a contrasting black roof, wheel arches and grille. The interior has been updated with Windsor Leather trim covering the dashboard, door panels, headlining and Recaro sports seats, along with LR Classic’s own infotainment system. Customers that ordered a Defender Works V8 were charged a cool £150,000 ($207,250) by Land Rover. Now that it’s sold out, this final Defender's value will no doubt increase over time.