Defender Works V8 Trophy II

Starting at £225k

From the chaps at Land Rover Classic who are “dedicated to preserving and restoring our motoring heritage for future generations” (decent of them) and following the success of the Defender Works V8 Trophy, comes the Works V8 Trophy II. A limited run of 25 old-style Defenders available as a 90, 110 Stations Wagons or 110 Double Cab Picks Up. 

Camouflage in name only?

Starting at a hefty £225k for the 90, these Defenders may never get to sport the Iconic and desirable ‘One Life Live It’ sticker or see much Green Laning let alone any serious off-roading. Knowing that most Trophy II’s will spend their days in temperature-controlled storage, Land Rover invited each lucky collector/owner to kick-off the rusting process by competing in the Land Rovers’ 3-day Trophy – considerate.

Each V8 Trophy II with its 500mm wading depth is finished in Fuji White with a satin Narvik Black bonnet and wrapped in a distinctive and unique expedition camouflage. That features the silhouette of 23 locations and Land Rovers that have played a part in their 70 years of off-roading exploration and adventure.

Other external features include Rock sliders, an external roll bar, a protective A-frame to house the winch, a bespoke front grille, and a powerful full-width 1.27m LED light bar. At the back is the ubiquitous ladder to provide access to the expedition roof rack, while subtle detailing includes Land Rover Trophy badging and white logo detail on the mudflaps. 

My Labrador would make short of those seats.

The equally distinctive interior features a bespoke Land Rover Trophy clock face by Elliot Brown, two-tone Recaro Windsor Leather sports seats and dashboard trim with contrasting stitching with the tunes being supplied by Land Rover Classic Infotainment System.

The Trophy IIs will be built at Land Rover Classic and powered by a 405PS 5.0-litre V8 engine with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, uprated brakes and handling kit.

I would buy one of the 25 Defender Works V8 Trophy II in a heartbeat, but I won’t as I can’t afford the anti-theft devices I will need to stop it from getting its doors nicked while parked in the station car park, but then, at least they would be easy to spot on eBay…

Look great at night…
Engine capacity (cc)4,999
CylindersV8 naturally-aspirated petrol (EU5)
Power PS405 @ 6,000rpm
Torque Nm515 @ 5,000rpm
Transmission8-speed automatic with Pistol Shifter, All-Wheel Drive, two-speed transfer box, heavy-duty front and rear differentials, torque-biasing centre differential
Front and rear suspensionFront: live beam axle, coil springs, telescopic dampers. Panhard rod and Radius arms. Anti-roll bar
Rear: live beam axle, coil springs, telescopic dampers. ‘A’ frame and Trailing Links. Anti-roll bar.
Front brakesServo-assisted 335mm discs, four-piston calipers
Rear brakesServo-assisted 300mm discs, four-piston calipers
Wheels and tyres16in heavy-duty steel wheels, mud-terrain tyres
SteeringRecirculating ball, power-assisted