Land Rover just added a new limited-edition of Defender to the lineup. It’s called the Defender 30th Anniversary Edition and it serves to commemorate the 1993 Defender 110 First Edition. This modern version is based on a P300 S, which is a turbocharged four-cylinder model. Still, with that little powerplant, this Defender cranks out nearly 300 horsepower. And Land Rover has tossed a ton of good options at it.
On the 30th Anniversary Defender, you’ll find the excellent 18″ steel wheels finished in gloss white to match the Fuji White paintwork. This one gets the air suspension, which works great off-road, and it looks like there’s a roof rack up top. My favorite bit is the heritage badge out back.
Still, Land Rover is charging a pretty penny for this one. The starting price is $75,000. That’s a lot of dough for a four-cylinder Defender, even with all the upgrades Land Rover applies to the P300 S. I’d rather mix and match my own options to mimic this build, stay well under $70k, and then find a good heritage badge in the aftermarket.
Perhaps there’s something to be said for a low-run model though. Land Rover will build just 500 examples of this one. And maybe 500 folks are ready to find a $75,000 four-cylinder Defender an alluring prospect. It looks cool and I appreciate the options tossed on it. But man that’s a lot of money,