25 Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy vehicles will be produced in celebration of the classic Camel Trophy ‘mud-plugger’ and you even gain entry to an exclusive Land Rover Trophy adventure competition at Eastnor Castle for your £190,000…
The latest in a seemingly never-ending automotive reimagining and ‘continuation’ conveyer belt of vehicles is this ‘adventure-ready’ Defender Works V8 Trophy, produced by Land Rover Classic as a 90 or 110 Station Wagon body.
Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy
Each of the 25 new-old ‘cars’ will be based on a re-engineered 2012-2016 Defender Works V8 specification (find them quickly) developed by Land Rover Classic and get this will include a 400bhp 5.0-litre V8 from Jaguar producing 380lb-ft of torque, bolted to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and comprehensive uprated suspension that hopefully won’t detach any recent fillings.
Thankfully, those thoughtful designers have also upgraded the steering and braking, plus other essential requirements to make the driver’s task a little more enjoyable, including an additional all-terrain kit with that thing we all want – a front winch, multi-point expedition cage, roof rack, underbody protection, A-bar, raised air intake, LED spotlights and even some mud-terrain tyres for extra grip.
The twenty-five examples of the Defender Works V8 Trophy will arrive in a mixture of 90 and 110 Station Wagon body designs and will be tastefully dressed in a unique Eastnor Yellow paint colour with matching 16-inch steel wheels. Contrasting Narvik Black paintwork features on the wheel arches, bonnet and rear door. LED headlamps, Heritage front grille, unique Land Rover Trophy badging and event participation graphics personalised to each wealthy customer.
The Land Rover Defender has always been more than just a vehicle, its engineering capability and suitability for overland expedition and all-terrain competition means it’s renowned with getting away from it all. The new Land Rover Trophy will bring this to life for a new generation of adventurers.
Experiences are a key part of Land Rover Classic’s DNA and this whole concept comes directly from feedback we’ve received. Our customers want to create their own stories, battle scars and patina with their Works V8 Trophy vehicles from day one, fuelling campfire chats with like-minded enthusiasts. We’re looking forward to an exciting and memorable event, full of camaraderie, and continuing the Land Rover Trophy legend for years to come. Seeing the silhouette of these vehicles which you’ll instantly know as a Land Rover, traversing the hills at Eastnor, will be a defining moment of the adventure
The news follows Jaguar Classic’s announcement of creating eight C-type Continuations in celebration of the sports racers 70th anniversary and they’ll even be the same spec as the one that won Le Mans in 1953.
Is it good, bad or indifferent and even more importantly would you shell out a minimum of £190,000 which gets you the lower-priced Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy ’90’ bodied version of the machine?