Classic Land Rover V-8 Trophy is a sure-fire winner
The Defender Works V-8 Trophy is a re-engineered version of the last of the first Defender line, built from 2012–2016, and is available in short-wheelbase 90 and long-wheelbase 110 editions. Designed to be monsters off-road, 25 cars will be built with a 456-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 under the hood, mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. This combination was previously fitted to Land Rover Works’ Defender 70th Edition, but now it packs an even bigger punch.
Reborn to go seriously off-the-beaten-track the V-8 Trophy’s suspension, steering and brakes have been upgraded. The bodywork has been painted in Eastnor Yellow, a splendid throwback to the days when Land Rovers took on the grueling Camel Trophy in the most remote parts of the globe. This was a different time, when cigarette sponsorship and forging new paths through virgin rainforest was acceptable.
Adding to the full-blown expedition look is a winch, external roll cage, roof rack, underbody protection, snorkel air intake, roof-mounted LED spot lamps, and 16-inch Eastnor Yellow wheels shod with all-terrain tires. The sumptuous leather interior, complete with Recaro front seats means that adventuring needn’t be a hardship, and the Trophy’s on-board tech is updated with a Land Rover Classic infotainment system to provide connectivity and navigation.
Buyers of the 25 Trophy editions will get three days at Land Rover’s Eastnor Castle off-road center, where they’ll receive driving tuition and compete against each other for prizes. As if owning one of these $270,000 Land Rovers wasn’t winning enough at life already.