As part of Land Rover's 70th anniversary, the company's classic division has created the Land Rover Defender Works V8. As the name suggests, the automaker takes one of its classic Defender SUVs -- in either 90 or 110 wheelbase layouts -- and shoves a V8 under the hood.
It's not just any V8. It's a 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated V8 that puts out about 400 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque. In addition to the engine, Land Rover also shoehorns in a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission (with a sport mode!), as well as new brakes, new suspension parts and special 18-inch alloy wheels.
With a 0-to-60 time of 5.6 seconds, it's not only the most powerful Defender that Land Rover's ever built, it's also the fastest.
The interior is covered in Windsor leather, including the car's Recaro sport seats. You'll also get Land Rover Classic's own infotainment system, which is much better than being stuck with AM radio forever, even if the nav screen is for ants.
All this good news needs to be countered out by something, so here's the bad news -- you probably can't get one. Only 150 examples of the Defender Works V8 will be built, and none will be made available in the US. If you're a British citizen and feel like raiding your child's college fund, though, pricing for the short-wheelbase 90 model starts at a low, low £150,000 ($208,000, directly converted).