The Classic Land Rover Defender is back in a limited edition
Land Rover has unveiled a new limited edition version of the classic Defender, which was discontinued in 2016. The Islay Edition is timed to coincide with the brand’s 75th anniversary and is stylized as a 1965 Land Rover Series IIA SUV. This car was once driven by Spencer Wilkes, one of the founders of Land Rover.
The “Anniversary” Defender features a mesh radiator grille, steel channel bumpers, and steel-stamped wheels. It also has a reinforced suspension and brakes.
The body of the SUV is painted in Heritage Grey. The interior is finished in dark grey leather with checkered textile inserts. For the Islay Edition, old bodies are used that have been bought back and fully restored. A total of 30 special SUVs are planned to be produced.
All vehicles will be equipped with a 5.0-liter petrol V8, an 8-speed ZF automatic hydromechanical transmission, and an all-wheel drive. The unit will deliver 400 hp and 515 Nm of torque. The maximum speed is 170 km/h. Acceleration time from 0 to 96 km/h is 5.6 seconds.
The Islay Edition will be offered in the three-door Defender 90 and five-door Defender 110. The starting price tag of the model is $289,180.