Defender returns for Land Rover’s 70th Anniversary

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Land Rover, the legendary Defender has returned in the guise of 150 limited-edition high-performance variants. 

Named the Land Rover Defender Works V8 70th Edition, this special edition car sees Defender’s performance potential unleashed in a package that remains true to the iconic car’s name. Each and every Defender chassis that has been transformed into a 70th Edition has been specially selected and re-engineered in almost every way. 

To begin, there’s the engine. Paying homage to the early Defenders, that featured high-powered engines, and celebrating their birthday in style, Land Rover have built this very special Defender with a 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated V8 that produces 405PS and 515nm of torque.

This fantastic power plant sees the Defender reach 60mph from a standstill in just 5.6 seconds and an increased top speed of 106mph.

Complementing the new engine, Land Rover have given the Defender 70th Edition an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with sport mode, new uprated brakes and a handling package that includes new springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. They’ve also added exclusive new 18-inch alloy wheels that wear, as you’d expect, all-terrain tyres.

Styling wise, the Defender 70th Edition retains everything that is loved about the iconic Defender and is available in an array of eight different colours with a contrasting Santorini Black roof, wheel arches and front grille.

The exterior styling has been finished with aluminium door handles, fuel filler cap, Defender bonnet lettering and special 70th Edition badging.

In the cabin, the dashboard, door panels and Recaro sports seats have all been trimmed in stunning Windsor Leather and infotainment comes from a special system that has been created by Land Rover Classic themselves.

Whilst this limited-edition Defender is not the official return of the much-loved car, Land Rover have mentioned in their press release that they intend to keep the Defender lineage alive and that an all-new Defender is subject to further announcements.

Until then, we get to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the iconic Land Rover name with a suitably fantastic V8 powered Defender. Not a bad way to celebrate your birthday.

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