Defender Works V8 Trophy celebrates its expedition legacy with 25 limited models

Available through Land Rover Classic starting at around $270,000.

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With the glossy new Defender invading our news feeds lately, it’s nice to see something a little more nostalgic from the British brand. Enter the Defender Works V8 Trophy — a re-engineered 4×4 from the team at Land Rover Classic paying tribute to the iconic SUV’s enduring expedition legacy (here are some other old Defenders to check out). Limited to only 25 units for 2021, owners get an exclusive Land Rover Trophy adventure competition at Eastnor Castle thrown in. Powered by burly 5.0L V8 matted to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, this limited-run Defender will put down 400-hp to conquer the rough stuff. Rolling on body-colour heavy-duty steel wheels wrapped in mud-terrain rubber, both the brake assembly and handling gain an upgrade, with other off-road goods in the mix, including a front winch, a multi-point expedition cage, roof rack above with spotlights, underbody protection, an A-bar, and raised air intake. Inside, the old-school vibe continues with a Land Rover Trophy clock face by Elliot Brown and sporty Recaro seats nestled within an all-black cabin. The Defender Works V8 Trophy only comes in Eastnor Yellow paintwork with Narvik Black details, which suites this legendary off-roader just fine. Though Land Rover Classic will offer a choice of a 90 or 110 body design, starting at around $270,000 for the shorter Defender 90 version.