Land Rover Launches Special 65th Anniversary Defender

Given today marks the 65th anniversary of the launch of the original Land Rover, it’s not too surprising to hear that Land Rover has concocted a celebratory special-edition Defender – arguably the lone Land Rover model that stays true to the original model.

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Dubbed the Defender LXV – or, for those who don’t read Roman numerals, 65 – the special edition model is built upon a Defender 90 hard top. Only 65 examples will be manufactured, each painted Santorini Black with roof, grille, headlamp surrounds, and fascias painted in contrasting Corris Grey. Unique exterior badging includes LXV logos and, at the rear of the vehicle, a small Union Jack flag. 16-inch Sawtooth-pattern aluminum wheels are standard, replacing the typical five-spoke aluminum wheels.

Inside, the Defender LXV gains leather bucket seats with embossed headrests and orange contrast stitching. Matching contrast stitching is also used to accent the center console, steering wheel, and floormats.

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How close is today’s Defender to the original Series I from six decades ago? We’ve rounded up the specifications of the original 1948 Land Rover Series I 80” model and today’s Defender LXV. As you can see, the four-wheel-drive apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

1948 Land Rover Series I 80"2012 Defender 90" Soft Top
Overall length:132 inches159 inches
Wheelbase80 inches90 inches
Width60.5 inches70 inches
Track50 inches58.5 inches
Height:72 inches86 inches
Ground clearance:8.5 inches9.8 inches
   
BodyAluminum panels, canvas roofAluminum panels
Frame: Steel, box ladder frameSteel, box ladder frame
Suspension, FLive axle; semi-eliptical leaf springsLive axle, coil springs
Suspension, RLive axle, semi-eliptical leaf springsLive axle, coil springs
Brakes10-inch hydraulic drums, all wheelsPower disc brakes, all wheels
Seating:ThreeTwo
Weight:2398 pounds3904 pounds
Max payload1000 pounds1618 pounds
Wheels16-inch steel16-inch aluminum alloy
Tires6.00-16 or 7.00-16.LT 235/85R16
Turning radius35 feet43.8 feet
Fuel tank capacity10 gallons15.9 gallons
   
Engine1.6-liter OHV I-42.2-liter turbo-diesel I-4
Power50 hp @ 4000 rpm90 kW @ 3500 rpm
Torque80 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm360 Nm @ 2000 rpm
DriveFour-wheel, two-speed transfer caseFour wheel, two-speed transfer case
TransmissionFour-speed manualSix-speed manual
Top speed57 mph90 mph
0-60n/a (0-40: 18 seconds)14.7 seconds

Land Rover says it will build only 65 examples of the Defender LXV, each starting at £28,765 – roughly £4500 more than a standard Defender 90 hardtop. Much like the entire Defender range, none of these special-edition models will be sold in North America.

Source: Land Rover

Roy J. Adams
For its fresher upscale marketing, sure. Otherwise the Defender is the elder. G wagons are awesome too though.
Ali Guermachi
Mercedes G class copy.
Mahamadou Mamouda Ahmed
nice and very strong I like it

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