Special doesn’t even begin to describe it.
It’s tough to top Land Rover when it comes to iconic off-road vehicles. Sure, the series-one was loosely inspired by the Willy’s Jeep, but what a package it was; it’s estimated that the first car ever seen by a third of the world was the Land Rover. Regardless, one of the brand’s classics has come back in limited numbers.
The British automaker is continuing the rugged legacy of the original Defender with its extremely limited Works V8 Trophy spec vehicles – designed to compete in a special event around Eastnor Castle in 2021. Only 25 examples will be made, but what makes them so exceptional?
Gallery: Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy (2021)
In combating the copious amount of mud and grit that each vehicle is likely to experience in the British country lanes, each will be finished in a unique Eastnor Yellow color. To balance the flashy – almost school bus yellow – base color, the wheel arches, hood, and rear door will be sprayed in contrasting Narvik Black paint. Completing the exterior aesthetic will be LED headlamps, a heritage front grille, and a unique Land Rover Trophy badge.
Under the skin it comes with a 5.0-liter V8 powertrain putting out roughly 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts); the spritely eight-cylinder engine will be connected to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Other modifications include uprated suspension, steering, braking, and a plethora of other upgrades tailored for off-road use.
Semantics aside, upon seeing their Defender Works V8 Trophy for the first time, buyers will add their name and country flag to the vehicle. After which, they will embark on a range of challenges inspired by famous global adventures and competitions from the Land Rover legacy. Sounds like good fun to us, but feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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