Land Rover Is Releasing Limited Edition V8 Classic Defenders
— Updated on 29 January 2023

Land Rover Is Releasing Limited Edition V8 Classic Defenders

— Updated on 29 January 2023

As much as the world genuinely embraced the new Land Rover (L663) when it was released back in 2020, there was always going to be a contingent of stubborn loyalists who would rather die than give up their riveted rovers. But rather than ignore the purists, Land Rover Classic has acknowledged this passion and agreed to release 25very unique versions of the original Land Rover.

The car will be officially known as the “Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy II,” and will feature a semi-camouflage exterior that includes 23 locations which have “played a part in Land Rover’s illustrious off-roading and exploration adventures over more than 70 years.”

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Each Trophy II features a 5.0-litre V8 engine paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, with some upgraded stoppers and chassis tweaks. Other than the obvious badging and decals, the exterior gets some more utility through: 

  • A front A-frame with an integrated winch
  • Powerful full-width LED light bar
  • Rock sliders
  • Expedition exterior roll cage and rear recovery point

Inside the cabin, the Defender has two-tone Recaro Windsor leather sports seats, dashboard trim, a bespoke Land Rover Classic infotainment system, and an Elliot Brown clock face that mimics that pseudo-camouflage on the exterior.

The 25 lucky customers who purchase the Classic Defender will also be invited to an exclusive three-day Trophy competition where they’ll receive a few stories to start what will probably be a life-long adventure obsession.

How good.

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Justin Jackie is an experienced freelance writer, with more than half a decade of expertise in the world of automotive reporting and reviewing. With a breadth of Australian-based and international experience, his by-line has appeared in the likes of the New York Times, T Magazine, Mr Jones, Prestige Online and more. 


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