Almost seven decades back, the story of Land Rover started in Red Wharf Bay when Maurice Wilks drew his first design of the Defender in the sand with his brother. 68 years later, you can still buy one brand new that carries the iconic design. But not for too long as Land Rover has announced that the production of Defender at Landie’s Solihull plant will cease in 2015. To mark the occasion, a 1km long silhouette has been drawn at the Red Wharf Bay using some LR Defenders. But more importantly, the automaker has announced three special edition variants of the Defenders.
The first of the three is the Land Rover Defender Autobiography Edition. It is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine that has been tuned to produce 148 hp (27hp more than the standard model) with torque also rising from 265 lb-ft to 295 lb-ft. In terms of visual upgrades, the Autobiography Edition includes Santorini Black finished bodywork, bonnet, grille and headlight surrounds. On the inside, the interior is wrapped in windsor leather. Only 80 examples of the Land Rover Defender Autobiography Edition will be produced with each destined for the UK carrying a price tag of £61,845 ($93,000 approx)
The Heritage Edition incorporates exterior design features from old Land Rovers, including a retro reimagining of the front grille. It also has a coat of iconic Grasmere Green paintwork and a contrasting white roof and the effect is completed with HUE 166 graphics, a nod to the number plate on the original pre-production Land Rover. 400 models will be produced with a sticker price of £27,800 ($42,000 approx).
Finally, the Adventure Edition might offer to be the best value of the three as it is priced at £38,400 ($58,000 approx), for which you get additional underbody protection, Goodyear MT/R tires, aluminum and black detailing and a leather-trimmed cabin. It can be purchased from August in Corris Grey, Yulong White or Phoenix Orange.
[Via – Jalopnik]