A new Defender has been announced as part of Land Rover’s 70th anniversary celebrations – and it’s the most powerful one they’ve ever made.

The Works V8 – available as both a 90 and 110 – gets a 5.0-litre, naturally aspirated V8 that puts out 405bhp and 379lbf.ft. That’s enough to warrant quoting the 0-60 time – an impressive 5.6 seconds. It also ups the top speed to a lofty 106mph.

To help you convey that power, they’ve given the V8 an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, and the brakes have been upgraded to increase stopping power.

Other specs include LED headlights and a handling kit made up of uprated springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. The 18” Sawtooth alloys get all-terrain tyres and inside, the interior is lavishly wrapped in Windsor Leather– including the Recaro seats.

The production run is limited to 150 units, and just as no expense has been spared in celebrating both Land Rover and the Defender, it will have to be in purchasing a Works V8, too. Prices for a 90 start at £150,000, but the project has inspired a series of performance enhancements such as power upgrades, braking kits and road suspension, which will follow suit.

 

 

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ADVENTURE: CLASSICAL EXPERIENCE

The Santana Trophy was open to classic Spanish-built Land Rovers. Ros Woodham owns a bright orange pick-up version, so she went to Morocco

PHOTO SAFARI

Regular contributor Toby Savage is a professional photographer. He took some camera totting off-roaders to the desert in search of the right exposure

OLD RAV MEETS NEW RAV

We reveal in a 20-year anniversary to match up a rebuilt original Toyota RAV4 with the very latest version. Oh, how so much has changed. For the better?

YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD…

America’s off-road racer Rod Hall could be the most successful 4×4 racer in the world. He’s just rebuilt his 1969 Ford Bronco and returned to Baja

THE DUNE BUGGY

A quick glance and you would think this is a Hummer, but we have taken a closer look and found out about the amazing Zipar and headed for the dunes

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SPORT: ITALIAN ULTRA4

The season opener for this Europe wide combination of high-speed and serious rock crawlers happened in Italy. Robb Pritchard was there at the start

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You get an awful lot for your second-hand money when look for a ten year old Grand Cherokee. We explain why you should take a look

 

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A BAS remap will instantly give you between 30 and 50bhp improvement in usable power (depending on vehicle and engine) with similar boost in torque figures, very useful if you do a lot of towing.

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