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The Land Rover Defender refuses to die

The Land Rover Defender refuses to die

Dejan Jovanovic 8 months ago

They killed it in 2016, then again in 2018, and now in 2021 the classic Land Rover Defender isn’t dead yet – you can still buy a new one, for just $270,000…

In 2016 the Land Rover Defender went out of production after 67 years. And then it was back in production for the V8 anniversary model I 2018, and then it was out of production again. And now it’s back in production, because Land Rover Classic just had the brilliant idea of building 25 re-engineered Defender Works V8 models in Easton Yellow, evoking the famous Camel Trophy vehicles.


land rover defender classic uae price

You can have one in a three-door or five-door body style, but either way the new Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy starts from $270,000 which is insane. I’ve driven the previous Works V8 – it has the build quality of a DIY kit car and the dynamic characteristics of a runaway trailer, and ‘interior trim’ is a rather loose term for all the bits of crap they throw together inside the car. It’s comparable only to my experience of a Lada Niva, which is just as badly built and just as brilliant off-road. Except no Lada Niva costs $270,000….

land rover defender classic uae price

If you’re mad enough to order one of these instead of a used original for a 10th of the cost, you do at least get an entry ticket to a 4×4 experience at Eastnor Castle, where Land Rovers have undergone testing and development for more than 50 years.

You also get a 400-horsepower 5.0-litre V8 mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, plus upgraded brakes (335mm and 300mm discs front and rear respectively, four-piston callipers) and chassis components. More importantly you get all the bits you need for your own Camel Trophy reenactment, such as heavy-duty body-coloured 16-inch steelies, front winch, multi-point roll cage, roof rack, underbody protection, snorkel, spotlights and mud tyres. Inside there are Recaro front seats and loads of leather with yellow stitching, contrasted by the familiar cheap plastic of the original.

land rover defender classic uae price

If you happen to have $270,000 lying around get in touch with Land Rover Classic for an opportunity to become one of the 25 suck… Owners! I mean owners…


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