The Adventure-Ready Defender
And each comes with its own entry into an off-road competition event
Land Rover’s latest special edition Defender pays tribute to a legendary off-road competition. And while so many automakers try to harken back to “the good ol’ days of motoring,” this is no marketing gimmick.
The new Land Rover Defender Trophy Edition—a U.S.-exclusive, limited-edition model announced on Thursday—takes inspiration from the mythical Camel Trophy off-road competition that ran from 1980 to 2000. According to InsideHook, that's obvious from the vehicles' color scheme, evoking the Sandglow yellow that signified Camel Trophy entrants, even if Land Rover doesn't mention Camel, the cigarette sponsor of the original competition, by name.
Road & Track reports you get a tow hitch receiver, air suspension, cold climate package, and both off-road packages available on the truck as standard. You also get a roof rack, extra underbody protection, a deployable ladder, an integrated air compressor, and deep-sided rubber floor mats. You can even option a winch if you plan to do some serious off-road trekking.
Even cooler, every SUV will come with a two-person entry to a one-day Land Rover U.S. Trophy Competition off-roading event. Owners will compete in on- and off-road challenges with the help of professional coaches, and the winning team, determined by a panel of judges, will get invited to the the Land Rover Trophy Competition at Eastnor Castle in England early next year.
It’s limited to just 220 examples and orders open next month starting at $91,350.
Want something a touch more affordable, or at least, easier to store? LEGO now makes a pretty handsome Land Rover Defender replica, packed with realistic features and functions. Developed in partnership with Land Rover, this building toy has working steering, four-speed sequential gearbox, All Wheel Drive with three differentials, independent suspension, detailed in-line six-cylinder engine and even a working winch.
Land Rover Defender building kit,
$199.99 / $159.99 by LEGO