Land Rover recently announced the availability of a limited-edition high-performance version of the iconic Defender, with up to 150 V8-powered examples re-engineered to celebrate the British marque’s 70th anniversary in 2018.

The Defender Works V8 pays homage to the early high-powered engines in both the Series III Stage 1 V8 from 1979 and subsequent Defenders including the 50th Anniversary Edition, which are highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors today.

While the production of the Defender ceased in January 2016 – 68 years after the first model was introduced – the company intends to continue the Defender lineage with a successor. An all-new Defender will be launched sometime in the future but for now, Land Rover will only say that it will use its technology, pioneering engineering capability and design expertise to ensure the longevity of the Defender name.

Meanwhile in Malaysia, to commemorate the anniversary celebration of the Defender, Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia is offering the last batch of Double Cab Defenders in limited commemorative special colours (pictured below). The last 12 units of Defenders produced in Malaysia have a contrasting black roof and rims for the Sicilian Yellow and Montalcino Red, whilst contrasting silver roof and rims are paired with the Baltic Blue double cabs.

Inside, there is coloured stitching for the leather gear knob, steering wheel and seats which are matched to the exterior paint. The headliner of the commemorative edition Defenders have also been upgraded for a luxurious feel, something which Defenders were not usually known for as they were more practical vehicles for motoring in the most challenging off-road conditions.

Each unit of the commemorative edition, fitted with a 2.2-litre diesel engine and 6-speed manual transmission, has a pricetag of RM198,800 (excluding roadtax, and insurance). It is powered by a 2.2l Diesel engine and paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.

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