Thought the days of the previous-generation Defender were over? Well, not quite. Land Rover Classic has whipped the wraps off the “expedition-inspired” Classic Defender Works V8 Trophy II, a limited-run model boasting a 5.0-litre petrol engine…

Land Rover Classic

Limited to only 25 units, the “re-engineered” Defender can be had in short-wheelbase, long-wheelbase and double-cab bakkie body styles. Only five examples of the latter will be made, with the remaining 20 units split between the 90 and 110. 

According to the British marque, each variant undergoes a comprehensive rebuild. Based on the 2012-2016 Defender models, which have been stripped and rebuilt by hand, these models’ steering has been enhanced, while the suspension and brakes have been uprated. 

Land Rover Classic

A range of enhancements has been made to the exterior to ensure “unstoppable” all-terrain performance. At the front, a protective A-frame houses a winch ahead of the bespoke front grille. The black bonnet features a satin finish, which, the company says, reduces glare in bright conditions, while a “powerful” full-width (1.27 metre) LED light bar provides “ultimate” visibility. The 16-inch “heavy-duty” steel wheels are wrapped in mud-terrain tyres. The wading depth is rated at 500 mm.

As mentioned, each variant is equipped with a 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8. The petrol motor produces 298 kW and 515 Nm of torque, available from 6 000 r/min and 5 000 r/min, respectively. The engine is coupled with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. 

Paying homage to the legacy of global Land Rover expeditions, the “unique collectable” features a “distinctive” black and white theme. The body is finished in Fuji White. The roof is finished in Narvik Black. Each vehicle sports a “unique” camouflage representing the 23 locations the Defender has tackled over its 70-year history. 

So, how much can you expect to pay for this Defender? Land Rover Classic has revealed pricing starts from £225 000 for the 90 derivative. At the current Rand-Pound exchange rate, that amounts to R4 565 982.87.