Land Rover Unveils Exclusive Islay Edition Defender
May 4, 2023
Land Rover Classic has unveiled its first heritage-themed special edition Defender, the Classic Defender Works V8 Islay Edition. This limited edition model pays homage to Spencer Wilks, the Rover Car Company's Managing Director and one of Land Rover's founders, and the Isle of Islay, Scotland, where the Land Rover name originated. Only 30 units will be produced, with 17 available as a 90 short wheelbase and 13 as a seven-seat 110 version.
The Islay Edition is based on the same technical specifications as the Classic Defender Works V8, featuring a 298 kW 5.0-liter V8 petrol engine paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Donor vehicles from 2012-2016 are carefully restored, re-engineered, and upgraded to provide a luxurious and collectible classic Defender.
The exterior is finished in Heritage Grey with a Limestone roof and matching heavy-duty steel wheels. The interior is trimmed in luxurious leather, featuring unique tweed detailing from the Islay Woollen Mill. A specially designed center cubby incorporates a removable wooden tray crafted from walnut and actual whisky cask barrel oak sourced from Islay's award-winning Kilchoman Distillery.
The Classic Defender Works V8 Islay Edition offers modern enhancements, including LED headlights, uprated suspension, and braking systems for improved on-road performance and dynamics. Prices start at £230,000 for the 90 and £245,000 for the 110 in the UK.
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