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There will be 25, and not one more. Land Rover’s Classic division – dedicated as its name suggests to the British brand’s historic models – is launching the Defender Works V8 Trophy II, a smaller version of the more powerful version of the popular 4×4. For the occasion, the Defender sports a special image on its body.

This camouflage actually represents the 23 areas that have marked the history of the Land Rover Defender since the launch of its ancestor, the Land Rover Series I, in 1948. The “iconic” silhouette of certain Land Rover models is also hidden in this camouflage. For others, this model sports a white Fuji White livery compared to a black Narvik Black roof. It is mounted on 18-inch Sawtooth alloy wheels.

A large LED bar on the roof

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Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy II (2022)Photo Credit – Land Rover

Up front, this Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy II boasts a distinctive grille, topped by a satin black bonnet. In addition to the roof rack, there is a 1.27 meter long LED bar above the windshield.

Available in 90, 110 and pickup versions

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Under its hood, the Defender Works V8 Trophy II has a 5.0 V8 petrol engine with a power of 405 horsepower and a torque of 515 Nm. Each model from this limited series receives an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, as well as suspension new, new brakes and improved handling. The 4×4 is available in its 90 and 110 versions, and in the very rare 110 double cabin version.

His point is to cross over

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Obviously, this Defender Works V8 Trophy II is intended for off-road driving, not to be displayed in a garage without being driven. According to the manufacturer, it can cross channels up to 50 cm deep. It has a pull-back eye, an external roll bar, or even underbody protection. Finally, a ladder provides easy access to the roof.

An Elliot Brown clock incorporated into the dashboard

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On board, Land Rover installs Recaro sports seats in black and white leather with stitching. The dashboard and the inside of the doors are also covered in leather. The 4×4 has a modern infotainment system with integrated navigation and smartphone connectivity options. Finally, the cabin has a small clock made by watchmaker Elliot Brown, whose appearance recalls the camouflage of the outdoors.

All 25 Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy II models can be reserved directly from Land Rover Classic. Prices start at £225,000 for the ’90s version in the UK, or around €265,180 at the time of writing.

In short

To pay homage to the places around the world that have shaped its Defender’s history, Land Rover is offering it in a limited edition called the Works V8 Trophy II. Developed by the British manufacturer’s Classic department, this model is available in 90, 110 and 110 double cab versions. It is presented in a camouflage pattern associated with two colors black and white. Under its hood, therefore, there is a V8 5.0 engine of 405 horse power with 515 Nm of torque. The Defender Works V8 Trophy II is also ready for off-road driving, with an LED light on its roof, roof rack, roll bar, towing eye, underbody protection or even the ability to cross up to 50 centimeters. below. In its 90th edition, the Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy II retails for £225,000 in the UK, or around €265,180 at the time of writing. Only 25 copies are planned.

Quentin Gueroult