Although the Land Rover Defender production stopped in 2016, this car can’t be killed among fans. After the factory offered a limited retrofit kit via its subsidiary Land Rover Classic last year, called the Works V8 70th Edition, the company now follows the numerous customer requests and offers further refinement options, some of which are based on those of the V8. The starting point is the 18-inch ‘Sawtooth’ alloy rim with diamond-turned finish, which fits all Defenders from model year 1994 onwards after chassis number LA930456. It costs £ 432 in the UK individually, £ 2,160 as a set including spare wheel and £ 4,068 including tyres for all five rims and installation at a Land Rover Classic Center.
For vehicles from model year 2007 onwards, Land Rover Classic developed a new suspension setup with more comfort on the road and better dynamics in corners through the use of other coil springs, new dampers, modified anti-roll bars and high-quality links and bushes. This ‘Suspension Upgrade Kit’ is priced at £ 2,247.07 for the Defender 90 and £ 1,822.97 for the Defender 110 (without installation). The ‘Handling Upgrade Kit’ combines the high performance braking system of the Defender Works V8 with the new suspension and the 18-inch wheels. For drivers of a Defender 90 (from model year 2007 onwards) it costs £ 10,391.47 while owners of a Defender 110 have to pay £ 9,967.37 (plus installation).
Land Rover Classic offers the most comprehensive conversion kit for owners of a Defender with the 2.2 liter TDCi engine from model year 2012 onwards. With the ‘Defender Classic Works Upgrade Kit’, these vehicles receive a performance upgrade in addition to the above-mentioned features for brakes, suspension and wheels. This will bring the turbo diesel to 162 hp (a plus of 40 horsepower) and also increases the maximum torque to 463 newtonmeters. This also improves the topspeed to now 106 mph. This conversion is only available directly in the Land Rover Classic Centers in Coventry, UK or Essen, Germany. Customers receive an exclusive guided tour through the executing center, a certificate and special metal badges on the front fenders. For both, the Defender 90 and the Defender 110 the cost of this conversion is £ 16,995 including all installation works. According to Land Rover, the kit doesn’t change the EU5 N1 standards not the CO2 emissions of the TDCi engine.
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