One of the most iconic vehicles ever produced was the 1st generation Land Rover Defender, it was the epitome of the term “If it ain't broke, don't fix it”, only featuring slight upgrades and tweaks during its 33-year production run (1983-2016).
The new generation Defender was Land Rover's attempt at bringing the nameplate into the 21st century as it featured more creature comforts and amenities to make it more usable daily. That’s not to say it's not as capable, as it features a host of the latest off-road technology, making it worthy of the Defender name, but the departure from its former recipe has left purists divided.
Fortunately for the purists, there is a group within Land Rover aptly named Land Rover Classic, whose specific task is to keep the flame of previous-generation Land Rovers burning through restorations and bespoke models.
Their latest project is a revival of the 1st generation Defender, albeit just 25 examples will be built. It's called the Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy, and it will come in a mixture of the 90 and 110 body styles.
However, this isn’t just your run of the mill rebuild project. Land Rover used the term "re-engineered" because the Trophy borrows parts from current Land Rover models.
While it uses the same body from the 2012-2016 model, it gains modern touches that include a 5.0 Liter V8 gasoline engine putting out 405PS and 515Nm of torque while shifting is done with an eight-speed ZF transmission. Also, the Trophy has a comprehensive uprated suspension, plus steering and braking packages.
Exterior wise, the Trophy’s body and 16-inch steel wheels will be finished in Eastnor Yellow. A contrasting Narvik Black paintwork is seen on the wheel arches, hood, and rear door.
The Trophy also features an All-Terrain kit, which includes a plethora of off-road goodies such as LED headlights and spotlights, multi-point expedition cage, roof rack, underbody protection, A-bar, raised air-intake, and mud-terrain tires. The Trophy has a Heritage front grille along with unique Land Rover Trophy decals personalized for each customer.
Purchasing the special edition also offers an opportunity to participate in an exclusive competition which will be held at Eastnor Castle. That means you get to go to Land Rover's facility for all-terrain training, testing, and development.
All this comes at a price, of course, with prices starting from £195,000 (Php12,960,613.58) for the 90 in the UK. That means the prospective 25 buyers need deep pockets to get their hands on this exclusive edition Defender.