Just 25 Of These Hand-Built Defenders Are Up For Grabs

Five are in the 110 Double Cab Pick-Up body style, while the rest are split equally between 90 and 110 Station Wagon forms.

Do you remember that in February last year, Land Rover introduced an extremely limited-run Defender that, despite the old-school looks, was ready to tackle just about any terrain? It labelled it the Defender Works V8 Trophy, paying tribute to the legacy of global Land Rover expeditions. We now have the second chapter – the Defender Works V8 Trophy II. Like the previous one, the new iteration is limited to just 25 units, and the job of developing them was given to Land Rover Classic.

The latest iteration of the Defender Works V8 Trophy is based on Defender models from 2012-2016. Out of the 25 derivatives up for grabs, five are in the 110 Double Cab Pick-Up body style, and the rest are equally split between 90 and 110 Station Wagon forms. No matter which you settle for, it’ll be a hand-built specimen finished in Fuji White paint with a Narvik Black roof and multiple gloss black elements. And what appears to be a camouflage job comprises 23 locations where Land Rover has tackled rough terrains over the last seven decades, including places from The Camel Trophy.

Land Rover Classic has equipped Defender Works V8 Trophy II with certain all-terrain features to ensure that it works just about everywhere. The list includes a protective A-frame at the front with a winch, a 1.27-metre wide LED light bar, an external roll bar, a rear recovery point, a rear ladder and a water-wading capacity of up to 500mm.

Just because it looks rough-and-tough on the outside doesn’t mean it’ll be like a cave inside. There’s leather trim on the dashboard, doors and even the headliner. And occupants will sit on Recaro sports seats draped in black-and-white Windsor leather. And to make things even more comfortable, there’s Land Rover Classic’s infotainment system with built-in navigation and Bluetooth connectivity. What acts as the cherry on top of the cake is the bespoke Land Rover Trophy clock face by Elliot Brown. The watch-maker is again supplying Trophy owners with an exclusive Competitor’s Edition timepiece. And those who miss out on purchasing the limited-edition vehicle can buy one of the 1,000 Elliot Brown watches inspired by the Land Rover Classic Defender Works V8 Trophy II.

Under the bonnet is a 5.0-litre V8 that pumps out 405hp and 515Nm of peak torque. An 8-speed automatic with a pistol shifter handles transmission duties. Complementing them are uprated brakes, suspension and steering.

If you want to add some Works V8 Trophy II aesthetic to your Defender, Land Rover Classic will introduce a set of genuine accessories later this year. And now, for the price. The first version had a starting price of 195,000 GBP. The Trophy II, however, starts at 225,000 GBP.

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