Most Land Rover talk of late has been about the new Defender, however Land Rover Classic have announced a range of upgrades for models made between 1994 and 2016, which take inspiration from the Defender Works V8.
For both 90 and 110 variants, the range of aesthetic, performance and handling upgrades begin with the 18″ diamond-turned Sawtooth alloys – just like those on the Works V8.
The Suspension Upgrade Kit, for models from 2007 and younger, equips Defenders with a bias towards on-road comfort with altered coil spring rates, dampers, anti-roll bars, links and bushes.
To improve the braking performance, the Handling Upgrade Kit instills Works V8-spec brake discs, pads and callipers.
Finally, for 2.2-litre TDCi powered Defenders from 2012 or later, the Defender Classic Works Upgrade Kit includes all of the above enhancements in addition to new performance-rated tyres and an influx of power, taking the total figure to 160bhp and 312lbf.ft. This tips top speed up to 106mph, too.
This comprehensive kit also includes bespoke wing badging, an owner’s certificate, vehicle health check and handover with a tour of Land Rover’s Classic Works unit in either the UK or its German counterpart in Essen, Germany.
Each and every component are of the same standard as those in the Works V8, plus the engine upgrades keep the 2.2 TDCi in-line with the EU5 N1 Commercial standards as when it first left the factory.
Pricing for the upgrades begins with £432 per alloy, also sold as a set of five for £2,160. Adding the performance tyres to that will bump the price up to £4,068, although that includes fitting. For the suspension kits on a 90 and 110, the tickets read £2,247.07 and £1,822.97 respectively whilst the handling kits weigh in at £10,391.47 and £9,967.37 – all of which is just for parts. Combine everything, and both 90 and 110 owners will be invoiced for £16,995 for fitting of the Classic Works Upgrade Kit.
The Sawtooth alloys, plus the Suspension and Handling Upgrade kits can be purchased and fitted at all local Land Rover dealerships or direct from Classic Works in Coventry, whilst the wheels and tyres kit, plus the all-inclusive kit must be ordered from and fitted at the Classic Works facilities.