Land Rover Classic continues the formidable expeditionary legacy of Defender original with limited production of adventure-ready units, the Defender Works V8 Trophy, who will participate in an exclusive competition at Eastnor Castle in 2021.
The Trophy model is based on the specifications of the redesigned Defender Works V8 manufactured by Land Rover Classic between 2012 and 2016, including a 8 V5.0 engine with 405 hp and 515 Nm, a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and packages with comprehensive suspension, steering and brake upgrades. In addition, it offers a wide range of additional improvements to optimize its performance in off-road situations.
It will be only 25 units of the Defender Works V8 Trophy with designs of bodywork 90 or 110 Station Wagon They will feature an exclusive Eastnor Yellow finish with matching 16-inch steel wheels. The contrasting Narvik Black shade will be applied to the wheel arches, bonnet and tailgate. This specialized vehicle will also incorporate led headlights, a Heritage front grill, the exclusive Land Rover Trophy badge and event participation details for each owner.
The Defender Works V8 Trophy is designed to meet the toughest endurance challenges. The additional off-road kit includes a front winch, multi-point roll-over structure, roof bracket, underbody protection, triangle bar, raised air intake, LED reflectors and extreme off-road tires.
Inside, the unmistakable 4 × 4 is fully clad with Windsor leather upholstery black and incorporates sports seats Recaro, contrasting yellow stitching and a custom designed Land Rover Trophy watch face Elliot brown. Also included is Land Rover Classic's own infotainment system with integrated navigation and mobile device connectivity.
In a few months, the new owners of the Defender Works V8 Trophy will be invited to compete in a exclusive three-day adventure at Eastnor Castle (Herefordshire, UK), Land Rover's iconic off-road development, testing and training venue. It will be the first time that they take the controls of their vehicle.
“The Land Rover Defender has always been more than a car. It is renowned for overcoming any obstacle thanks to its engineering prowess and suitability for land expeditions and off-road racing. The new Land Rover Trophy will once again offer all this to another generation of adventurers ”, said Dan Pink, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic.
At the first encounter with their Defender Works V8 Trophy, customers and their co-drivers will make the inaugural marks on the vehicle by adding their names and the flag of their country. Afterwards, they will face various challenges inspired by famous international competitions and adventures that span more than seven decades of Land Rover production.
As part of the adventure, individual tutorials will be offered by experts so that clients have the unique opportunity to develop extreme driving skills and techniques in their own vehicle before putting everything they have learned to the test. All entrants will compete for different accolades, including a grand prize for the person who heads the overall ranking, to be announced in a few months.
Familiar faces from Land Rover's adventurous legacy star in the Defender Works V8 Trophy launch video, including Land Rover ambassador and stunt and race driver Jessica hawkins, in addition to participants of the Camel Trophy as Bob Ives, winner of the 1989 edition. Some of these experts will also be available at the Land Rover Trophy event to share their knowledge and experiences.
Both versions of the Defender Works V8 Trophy with the 90 and 110-inch wheelbase can be ordered directly from Land Rover Classic with prices starting from 270.000 dollars.