Land Rover releases some new upgrades for the old Defender
The new Land Rover Defender is coming, we know. But the old Defender is already here, and now so are a slew of Land Rover Classic upgrade options to freshen up the old beast.
Defender drivers (can we call them Defender-ers?) previously relied on aftermarket brands for that little extra tweak to the tires, brakes, suspension or engine, but now there’s a bunch of brand-approved upgrade kits that “deliver enhanced performance and on-road agility.”
The kits are designed for 90 three-door and 110 five-door derivatives built between 1994 and 2016 and start with a set of diamond-turned 18-inch Sawtooth alloy wheels available for any Defender made in that range, for a ‘parts price’ of £2,160 ($3,461) — tack on another couple thousand pounds sterling if you want LR U.K. to put them on for you.
For £1,822 ($2,921), the Defender Suspension Upgrade Kit will soften up the on-road experience for 2007 model years onward with modified anti-roll bars, dampers, links and bushes and adjusted coil spring rates.
The Handling Upgrade Kit (around the $16,000 range) brings Defender Works V8-spec brake discs, pads and calipers to the new Sawtooth alloy wheels.
The biggest package on the list is the Defender Classic Works Upgrade Kit, which combines all the wheel, brake and suspension upgrades along with some better tires and an engine adjustment that milks an extra 40 horsepower from the 2.2-litre turbo inline-four diesel in Defenders from 2012 onward. According to the brand, those improvements will get the Defender up to a new top speed of 106 mph (171 km/h).
The $27,000 kit also includes some additional badging on the front wings, along with some paperwork and a tour of one of the Land Rover Classic Works facility in the U.K. or Germany, where the work will be done.
More on JLR’s website right here.