Land Rover is celebrating its 65th anniversary with a special event that will also include the launch of a special-edition Defender LXV (65 in Roman numerals). Is not a surprise that Land Rover has chosen to base this special edition on a Defender model, especially when you consider it i the best sold model on the company’s lineup with over two million units sold since its official launch.
The new Defender LXV can be ordered in either Santorini Black or Fuji White. Both colors will get contrasting Corris Grey roof, grille and headlight surrounds, plus a set of 16-inch Sawtooth alloy wheels.
For the interior, Land Rover has opted for a unique orange contrast stitching on the seats, steering wheel and center cubby compartment. There are also "LXV" logos embossed on the front headrests. As an option, customers can also get a union flag decal placed on the rear of the vehicle.
The new Defender LXV will be put on sale in August.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Land Rover Defender.
Land Rover Defender was officially unveiled in 1990, but until that point, it was sold as the Land Rover Ninety or One Ten. Since then, the model enjoyed a great success on the market, with over 2 million units sold until now.
Since 1990, the model has seen lots of updates with the latest coming in the 2013 model year. During this update, the Defender received two new body colors, Barolo Black and Havana, new premium seat design, upgraded in-car entertainment and a choice of four new contrast roof colors.
For the 2013 model year, the Defender is offered with a 2.2-liter diesel engine that delivers a total of 120 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. This amount of power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 14.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 90 mph.
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Land Rover will mark 65years of technology and innovation with a celebratory event at Packington Estate near its Solihull homeland. A ’HUE’ birthday cake will be flown in by special delivery in a Lynx helicopter by a member of the ’Black Cats’ Royal Navy display team, renowned for thrilling audiences with their dynamic air displays.
The desire to create a vehicle that will tackle any terrain has been at the forefront of the Land Rover brand since the foundations were first sketched in the sand by Maurice Wilks. This principle has subsequently made Land Rover famous around the world since production began in 1948. ’HUE 166’ was the very first Series I Land Rover, affectionately known by many as ’Huey’, and will be on prominent display at the event.
The occasion also sets the scene for the debut of a Special Edition Defender - the LXV (65 in roman numerals). Defender evolved from the original Land Rover in 1990 and this iconic family of utility vehicles - Land Rover Series I, II, III and Defender - has now sold in excess of two million units. Available in five different body styles, the LXV is based on the standard Land Rover Defender which is equipped with the 2.2-litre diesel engine and 6-speed manual transmission, producing 122PS@3,500rpm of power and 360Nm@2,000rpm of torque.
This striking Special Edition sports 16-inch Sawtooth alloy wheels and comes in Santorini Black or Fuji White with contrast Corris Grey roof, grille and headlight surrounds and facia. The interior boasts exclusive full leather seats with LXV embossed front headrests and unique orange contrast stitching on the seats, steering wheel and centre cubby compartment to complement exterior LXV decals. An optional union flag decal can be located on the rear of the vehicle. Prices will be available in August.