Land Rover Defender Works V8 2018 review

Is this a new future classic car? Just more than two years ago the last of the classic Land Rover Defenders rolled off the production line in Solihull about two million units and more than 67 years after it started.
So what on earth, you might rightly ask, is this “new” Defender Works V8 suddenly doing in showrooms?
The answers are both simple and complicated. The simple one is that the Midlands firm wanted to introduce a high-performance version of the Defender in limited numbers (just 150 of these Works V8s will be built) both to celebrate Land Rover’s 70th anniversary but also to pay homage to past petrol V8-powered Defenders in all their guises.
The other answer, as mentioned, is rather more complex. With a new Defender unlikely to be in showrooms until at least 2020, Land Rover can’t afford to lose any of its potential customer base.
That’s especially so with all of the aftermarket tuning companies still doing such a good trade in the original Defender.
And so we have this Defender Works V8. Available in both three-door short-wheelbase and five-door long-wheelbase forms (the latter adding a further ten grand to the price tag), at least the Works V8 looks the part with its 18in alloy wheels (the largest ever seen on a Defender), black roof, front grille and wheel arches/ machined aluminium door handles and LED headlights.
Then again, at that price tag you half expect the seat belts to be made of gold.It is powered by a 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine.

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