Land Rover is building a limited run of Defender Works V8 Trophy vehicles

Land Rover Defender V8 Works Trophy

Land Rover is building a limited run of 25 Defender Works V8 Trophy variants with buyers allowed to compete in an exclusive three-day competition in the UK.

The new Land Rover Defender has copped plenty of attention but there are still those who don’t really see it as a ‘proper’ Defender. Me included. So Land Rover’s announcement that it’s building 25 Defender V8 Works Trophy variants will be music to their/my ears.

Land Rover Defender V8 Works Trophy

All 25 vehicles will be exclusively painted in Eastnor Yellow with contrasting black paintwork with matching 16-inch steel wheels. The purpose-built vehicles also receive LED headlamps, a Heritage front grille, unique Land Rover Trophy badging and event participation graphics personalised to each customer.

Land Rover Defender V8 Works Trophy

Additional all-terrain kit includes a front winch, multi-point expedition cage, roof rack, underbody protection, raised air intake, LED spotlights and muddies.

On the inside, you get leather Recaro bucket seats with contrast yellow stitching and a bespoke Land Rover clock face by Elliot Brown. Land Rover Classic’s own Classic Infotainment System with integrated navigation and mobile device connectivity is also fitted.

Land Rover Defender V8 Works Trophy

Each vehicle is based on a re-engineered 2012-2016 Defender Works V8 with a beefy 5.0L V8 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, stronger brakes and uprated suspension.

Both 90 and 110 variants are available to order now, with the 90 kicking off from, please sit down, £195,000. Ouch.

The first time that buyers will get to drive their new Defender will be at a three-day event at Eastnor Castle, the spiritual home of Land Rover in the UK. There will be a range of challenges that owners will have to participate in, designed to mirror global adventures, like the Camel Trophy.

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Isaac Bober has been writing about cars and 4x4s for more than 20 years, has worked on some of the country's biggest motoring magazines (remember what they were?), and launched Practical Motoring. Now he's back, back again... to share dad jokes and much more.