LONDON — Land Rover has taken a practical Defender and incited a iconic SUV into high-performance opposition to a many dear versions of a likewise imperishable yet dear Mercedes-Benz G class.
Defender prolongation ended in 2016 yet Land Rover bought late-model versions and commissioned a gasoline V-8 engine from a stream Range Rover to emanate a special book singular to 150 models.
The Defender Works V8 is a fastest chronicle of a SUV built to date. The 5.0-liter V-8 engine creates 399 hp, adequate to energy a automobile from 0 to 60 mph (97 kph) in 5.6 seconds and a singular tip speed of 106 mph (171 kph), Land Rover pronounced in a statement.
It also has an 8-speed ZF involuntary delivery blending from a Range Rover Sport, as good as an interior renovate that includes sports seats and leather covering for a dashboard, superstar and doorway cards.
The conversions will be finished by Jaguar Land Rover Classics, an in-house association that has also built new ‘continuation’ versions of past sporting Jaguars, including a XKSS and E-Type.
Defender prolongation ran for over 60 years and is pivotal to Land Rover’s repute for off-road ability. The code is due to reinstate a Defender, potentially this year, yet it will demeanour really different. “It won’t be only a mock-up that addresses a legislative issues of a aged one,” Land Rover Design Director Gerry McGovern told a Automotive News Europe Congress final year.
Land Rover’s proceed is opposite to that of Mercedes, that is replacing a long-running G-class off-roader this year with a indication that probably repeats a design. Mercedes pronounced a new G category will go on sale during a same cost as a stream car even yet a handling, comfort and reserve has been significantly upgraded.
The Defender Works V8 will be formed on cars built after 2012, so it can be engineered for left-hand-drive as good as right-hand-drive models. It won’t be accessible in markets that didn’t take a automobile after 2012, including a U.S.
The SUV will cost from 150,000 pounds ($208,000) for a brief wheelbase indication and 160,000 pounds for a long-wheelbase version.
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