It has been a long time coming, and it is very expensive, but Land Rover has already produced a version of the traditional Land Rover that has been around since 1948 with the proper execution and really long legs.
Jaguar Land Rover Classic is the collection of about 150 the last Defenders, both in the short-and long-wheelbase forms, and equip them with a 399bhp, normally-aspirated 5.0 V8, so it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and hit 106mph flat out.
399bhp Land Rover Defender V8 sold
I had a brief drive in one of these just before the Geneva motor show. A Defender will always be an Advocate – what with the narrow driving position and flappy doors – but with Recaro seats, an eight-speed ZF automatic ‘ box and a lot of smooth power, felt transformed.
Even more impressive is the re-engineering of springs, shock absorbers and anti-roll bars, powerful new brakes and an eye-grabbing series of 18-inch saw tooth alloys execution aggressive-looking 265/65 tires. Suddenly, the Landie swallows bumps in place of the amplification of them.
You can have a good conversation as you drive along a street full of potholes, instead of concentrating on driving around the craters. This Defender is never going to be a luxury sedan, but your comfort is now good enough. Better yet, the address is re-engineered with zero slop in the rectum (usually a Defender of the dice) and there is no drive of the game line.
The next Land Rover Defender edges closer to production
Of course, it is very expensive. I have the feeling that most of what JLR Classic touches is expensive, especially because it is all done by hand and with a very high standard. There are No production lines here and not in cutting corners. But you can do a lot of interesting things if you have Â£150 to spend.
Even so, there is no doubt JLR Classic engineers have identified the weakest points of the defence, dynamically speaking, and it was found robust reviews for all of them. The only matter of regret is that it took 70 years…
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