The Defender Works V8 Trophy is a re-engineered version of the last of the first Defender line, built from 2012-2016, and is one of the ultimate toys to emerge from Land Rover Classic, with a price tag to match – at nearly £200,000 it is ten times the price of a tidy used Defender 90 TD5.
Available in short wheelbase 90 and long wheelbase 110 editions, the Defender Works V8 Trophy is designed to be a monster off-road. All 25 cars will feature a 456bhp, five-litre V8 under the bonnet, mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. This combination was previously fitted to Land Rover Works’ Defender 70th Edition, but now packs an even bigger punch.
Reborn to venture off-the-beaten-track the V8 Trophy’s suspension, steering and brakes have been upgraded. The bodywork has been painted in Eastnor Yellow, a splendid throwback to the days when Land Rovers took on the gruelling Camel Trophy in the most remote parts of the globe. This was a different time, when cigarette sponsorship and forging new paths through virgin rainforest was acceptable.
Adding to the expedition dress code is a winch, external roll cage, roof rack, underbody protection, snorkel air intake, roof-mounted LED spot lamps, and 16-inch Eastnor Yellow wheels shod with all-terrain tyres. The leather-lined interior, complete with Recaro front seats means that adventuring needn’t be a hardship, and the Trophy’s on-board tech is updated with a Land Rover Classic infotainment system to provide connectivity and navigation.
Buyers of the 25 Trophy editions will get three days at Land Rover’s Eastnor Castle off-road centre, where they’ll receive driving tuition and compete against each other for prizes. As if owning one of these £195,000 Land Rovers wasn’t winning enough at life already.