Late last month, Range Rover announced a limited run of Defender V8 models. Part of the Works V8 lineup, if you so happen to be interested in buying one, you’ll have to wait until they hit the used market as each one is accounted for.
New Defender V8, traditional body
Limited to 150 units, each one is fitted with an enhanced braking system, unique springs, anti-roll bars and dampers plus a set of bespoke 18-inch alloys covered with off-road ready rubber.
One key difference to the Defender V8 is its 5.0-litre V8 driving each corner. Rated at 399 horsepower and 515 Nm of torque, the iconic offroader is mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission rather than a familiar manual box. Of course, the model wouldn’t be complete without the front and rear live axles and a two-speed transfer box.
With its new engine installed, the short-wheelbase model accelerates from 0-100 km/h in a brisk 5.8 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 170 km/h.
Inside, customers are treated to a leather interior and Recaro sports seats along with a few creature comfort features including a CD player and manual climate control. Bluetooth, navigation and heated seats are optionally available.
The Land Rover Defender V8 Works Edition was available in both short 90 and long 110 variants and was on sale in the UK with Middle East, North Africa and Europe markets able to order a single unit on an individual import basis. Prices for the model started at $209,000 of AED 767,640.