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Land Rover launches V8 edition of Defender to celebrate its 70th anniversary.

Land Rover announced a limited-edition high-performance version of the Defender, with up to 150 V8-powered examples re-engineered to celebrate the Land Rover marque's 70th anniversary in 2018.

The Defender Works V8 pays homage to the early high-powered engines in both the Series III Stage 1 V8 from 1979 and subsequent Defenders including the 50th Anni-versary Edition, which are sought after by enthusiasts and collectors today, a press release said.

Defender Works V8 is the most powerful and fastest version that Land Rover has ever created. The 5ltr naturally-aspirated petrol V8 powertrain produced 400hp and 515Nm of torque (the standard Defender delivered 120hp and 360Nm). The Defender Works V8 will accelerate from 0-100kmph in 5.6 seconds, while top speed is increased to 170kmph.

Tim Hannig, director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said, "It's fitting that we've been able to release the full potential of the iconic Defender, whose much-loved shape remains synonymous with Land Rover, 70 years since it was seen in public for the first time. The idea of reintroducing a V8 Defender was something we were discussing as far back as 2014, when we were still building the Defender in Solihull."

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Publication:The Week (Muscat, Oman)
Date:Jan 31, 2018
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