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Civic Type R v Defender V8 drag race - video

The Honda Civic Type R has already proven itself performance king among front-drive hot hatches, so now it's looking for bigger fish to fry. In what's one of the weirdest match-ups in drag race history, Top Gear has lined up the UK-built hatch against a Land Rover Defender – what?! However, this isn't just any Land Rover Defender, in fact, it's the 297kW/515Nm Defender Works V8, a bespoke version of the iconic off-roader created by Jaguar Land Rover to commemorate the model's 70th anniversary...

Land Rover Defender: Next-gen to be more premium, more capable

Land Rover will launch its next-generation Defender next year, 71 years after founder of The Rover Company, Maurice Wilks, created the iconic first-generation car. The company showed the DC100 concept (pictured) at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show, but went back to the drawing board after being rejected by Land Rover owners and enthusiasts alike...

Land Rover Defender: Giant snowy outline celebrates anniversary

Often, manufacturers will pull elaborate stunts to celebrate their icons. Land Rover loves a good publicity stunt, but its latest Defender celebration takes things to new heights, drawing the "world's most remote Defender outline" in the French Alps. So, why go to the effort of sketching a giant Defender in the snow? To start with, it's 70 years since the car debuted at the Amsterdam motor show...

East Coast Defender unveils Heritage Collection

East Coast Defender is an American tuning house best known for shoehorning V8 engines into Land Rovers, but it appears the tuning house is looking to diversify. Along with its high-powered projects, it will produce a new Heritage Collection of cars. It's no surprise to see East Coast pushing into the resto-modding world...

Land Rover Defender Works V8 revealed

Land Rover has taken the wraps off a very special creation this week - the Defender Works V8 - as part of its 70th birthday celebrations. Featuring a 297kW/515Nm 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine under the bonnet, the special-edition model is both the most powerful and fastest Defender ever made - it can even sprint from 0-60mph (0-96km/h) in just 5...

Kahn Design teases Flying Huntsman 6x6 Soft Top

British tuning company Kahn Design has teased its next model, a drop-top version of its Flying Huntsman 6x6. Set to be the third variant of the Flying Huntsman family, the 6x6 Soft Top is - like its siblings - based on the Land Rover Defender. The new model looks to be a competitor for Mercedes-Maybach's G650 Landaulet, which also fuses retro-off-roader styling with a soft-top rear roof, along with a plush interior...

Land Rover says new Defender will polarise opinion

Land Rover design chief, Gerry McGovern, has perhaps one of the most unenviable tasks in automotive design – designing an all-new version of the iconic Land Rover Defender. Speaking to Australian media at the Los Angeles Motor Show, McGovern suggested purists might not like what they see. “I love the fact that all these people are enthusiastic about it,” McGovern said...

2015 Land Rover Defender recalled for brake fix

Land Rover has issued a recall for 124 of its 2015-build Defender off-roaders over concerns a faulty repair for a previous recall could cause a brake fluid leak. The British manufacturer reports that the front brake pipe from the caliper to the flexible brake hose could be showing signs of chafing as a result of work completed for a previous recall...

New Land Rover Defender ute 'number one' on local wish list

It might seem as "Through The Looking Glass” weird as Veuve Clicquot releasing a range of caffeinated soft drinks, but Land Rover might be about to launch a ute - or a pick-up truck, as the Americans like to call them...

New Land Rover Defender will reportedly be a high-tech off-road demon

The next-generation Land Rover Defender will come with some of the company’s most advanced off-road assistance technologies, according to British motoring authority Autocar. Set to be revealed in 2018 after some clear delays, the next iteration of the famous Landie Defender (2011 DC100 concept pictured above) will share a number of features with the Discovery family, and even the Range Rover, making it a significant departure over its agrarian predecessor...

Jaguar Land Rover denies plans to resurrect original Defender

Jaguar Land Rover has categorically denied that it is planning to, or will allow a third party to, resume production of the Land Rover Defender, which went out of production in January. A report in The Sunday Times claimed that Jim Ratcliffe, a British billionaire who built his fortune in the chemical industry, was hoping to revive production of the storied off-roader...