Land Rover prepares 150 units of legendary Defender with a V8 engine, marking the 70th birthday of this model. The engineering icon of this company will have a 5.0-liter engine. The 2018 Land Rover Defender Works V8 will be the first V-8 Defender since 1998.
Land Rover will also introduce the restored first prototype for the birthday party. This copy was one of only three prototypes of the Series 1, exhibited at the Amsterdam Auto Show in 1948. Finally, the year will culminate with the new model of this legendary car that is obsessively hiding from the public. Land Rover hides the new Defender because it is afraid that some of the Chinese manufacturers could make a copy and launch it before the original model.
2018 Land Rover Defender Works V8 Specs
The standard version of Defender produces 120 horses and 340 lb-ft of torque. 2018 Land Rover Defender Works V8 version includes a 5.0-liter unit which delivers 400 horses and 380 lb-ft of torque (515 Nm). The new model will be able to accelerate 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. The enhanced Defender will have an eight-speed ZF automatic sports mode gearbox. Also, improvements on brakes will boost overall handling, driving impression, and safety. Drive system has special springs, shock absorbers, and anti-roll bar.
2018 Land Rover Defender Works V8 Styling
The 2018 Land Rover Defender Works V8 will use a two-tone paint job. There are eight body colors with a contrasting roof, wheel arches, and front grille. Door handles and tank cover are aluminum. The SUV uses exclusive 18-inch wheels and 265/65 tires. There are two versions of wheelbase available for new V-8 Defender. The short one is 90, and the extended model is Defender 110.
The cabin will get a lot of leather on the control board, door panels, and steering wheel. Recaro sports seats and the Land Rover Classic multimedia system boosts the overall impression about the restyled vehicle.
2018 Land Rover Defender Works V8 UK Release
The 2018 Land Rover Defender Works V8 will come exclusively to the UK. Also, the Middle East and North African countries will see this off-roader. Unfortunately for buyers in the US and Australia, the 2018 Defender Works V8 won’t be released there. Total 150 units will be on the sale. Fans from European countries can purchase the crossover individually.
Short wheelbase model of the 2018 Land Rover Defender Works V8 will cost 150,000 pounds. This is a very high price, even for such luxurious vehicle. A longer wheelbase will cost more, but the company from the UK is still quiet on this. Only 150 units will be available, and we doubt that customers in the US will see this model in salons.