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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Medium SUV

That was the swan song for the old-school Defender.

A car that was axed from the production line in 2016 and, two years later, it was rebuilt in another 150 units by the factory. It was the Defender Works V8.

The Defender was one of the most iconic off-road vehicles in the world. It was developed after WWII to work the land and to be driven everywhere. In 1948, it was named Land Rover Series I and it changed its name in Defender in 1990. It was the British Willy's if you want. But even if it didn't go to too many wars, it was there when peace was signed. After 67 years of production and over two million units sold, the Defender was retired. It didn't comply with the new safety regulations. But the R&D team started to work on surprising revenge since 2014 when they built the first prototype of the Defender Works V8.

For starters, the engineers took an already built Defender, stripped it down, and installed new technologies in it. For the exterior, they installed 18” light-alloy wheels with a special design and taller, off-road tires. The spare-wheel was kept in the back, outside the car, on the rear door. On the front, a new pair of headlights were added for better light on the road.

Inside, the 70th Anniversary model featured Recaro sport-bucket seats for the front passengers. The rear, side-hinged benches were kept just in case someone would need to stay there. On the center stack, there was a new infotainment unit, with navigation and a better sound system.

The technical department was improved with the implant of a 5.0-liter V8 gasoline unit taken from Jaguar. The 8-speed automatic transmission sent its power to all four wheels. All the 150 units were re-worked Defender.

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LAND ROVER Defender 90 Works V8 2018 - 2019
  1 gasoline engine
  • 5.0L V8 8AT 4x4 AWD (405 HP)

LAND ROVER Defender 90 Works V8 5.0L V8 8AT 4x4 AWD (405 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  5.0L V8 8AT 4x4 AWD (405 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4997 cm3
Power
297.9 KW @ 6000 RPM
405 HP @ 6000 RPM
399 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
380 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM
515 Nm @ 5000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106 mph (171 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235x85 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
153.3 in (3894 mm)
Width
70.5 in (1791 mm)
Height
79.6 in (2022 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.5/58.5 in (1,486/1,486 mm)
Wheelbase
92.9 in (2360 mm)
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