The Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy is a £195,000 off-road throwback
Land Rover's making 25 throwback specials
Land Rover Classic has announced it's building 25 Defender Works V8 Trophy models – a 405hp off-road monster that harks back to the glory days of the Camel Trophy, in which competitors off-roaded across some of the world's most inhospitable terrain... while advertising cigarettes.
You can almost hear it saying "bring it on, landscape"
The Works V8 Trophy has lost the nicotine association, but it's still been designed as a proper expedition battle axe, complete with uprated suspension and brakes, a front winch, a full exterior cage complete with roof rack, and reinforced undersides. It sits on 16-inch steel wheels shod in mud-terrain tyres – so it's not messing about. It comes in a fetching desert shade of Eastnor Yellow and you can have it in short-wheelbase 90 or station wagon 110 forms.
It can do this
The whole shebang is powered by a naturally aspirated 405hp 5.0-litre petrol V8 putting 515Nm of torque through an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
While the Works V8 Trophy is pure classic competition-spec Defender on the outside, the interior has a few modern touches. Each comes with a pair of Recaro sports seats and an interior dotted with yellow stitching, and Land Rover Classic's infotainment system provides sat-nav and Bluetooth functions. A Land Rover Trophy clock face created by adventure-y watchmaker Elliot Brown adorns the workmanlike dash.
The interior's got a few modern touches, such as a Bluetooth enabled infotainment system with sat-nav
Despite costing £195,000 for a 90 version, the Works V8 Trophy isn't just a car for rich people to bung outside their Kensington townhouses – buyers will each get their name and country flag added to the front wing of their Defender, before taking part in a three-day Land Rover Trophy event at the brand's Eastnor Castle off-road testing ground.
Check it out in action below, driven by Bond stunt driver Jessica Hawkins, who once belittled me as I drove the modern James Bond Defender off-road.