Land Rover is making no bones about celebrating the venerable Defender SUV as its production halts at the close of 2015. Part of the party is a few special edition Defenders such as this top-notch Autobiography Edition. Fitted with more power from its diesel engine, a two-tone paint job, and a bunch of interior adornment, this Autobiography Edition is the pentacle of greatness for the dying off-roader.

Dating back to 1948 after the conclusion of WWII, Land Rover began building legendary off-road vehicles that competed with the United States’ Willys Jeep. The Defender itself first debuted in 1983 and came in no less than three wheel base lengths and several cab and bed configurations. A favorite among British farmers, the pickup truck version offered plenty of hauling capabilities while still offering all the off-road prowess needed to traverse muddy barn lots and rock-strewn streams.

As the years have rolled on, the Defender has remained relatively unchanged – never adopting a more modern design or electronic gadgetry. Interestingly enough, the Defender name was one of its additions, coming in 1990. Before that, the vehicle was simply called by its wheelbase length; 90, 110, and 127.

Now for 2015, the Autobiography Edition comes with such luxuries as a full Windsor Leather interior with Semi Aniline leather seats complete with twin-needle contrast stitching, 16-inch gloss black alloy wheels, LED projector beam headlights, a choice of seven lower body colors, and a 28-horse pump in power.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Defender Autobiography Limited Edition.

  • 2015 Land Rover Defender Autobiography Limited Edition
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    148
  • Torque @ RPM:
    295
  • Energy:
    turbodiesel
  • Displacement:
    2.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    13 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    90 mph
  • Price:
    61500
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  • car segment:
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Exterior

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Things on the exterior as just as they should be: rugged and classic. The Autobiography package does add the availability of seven paint color options on the lower body while the hood and upper body remain a glossy black.

The 16-inch Sawtooth wheels are dressed in a matching glossy black and hold aggressive Goodyear Wrangler MT/R tires. A side step helps occupants with entering and exiting the Defender, along with protecting the rocker panels from off-road damage. Extra thick skidplating helps protect the vulnerable bits like oil pans, drive shafts, and fuel tanks.

Interior

Things on the interior of the Autobiography Edition are all a cut above the regular Defender. A full leather treatment from Windsor Leather includes Semi Aniline on the seats while the headliner and other bits are covered in similar materials. The central information panel on the dash is coated in Santorini Black while the instruction plate for the differential lock is machined to a bright finish. Sun metal discs sit at the bottom of each cupholder for an added touch.

Even still, the Defender won’t win a luxury design award. The interior is still spartan by today’s standards and still reflects the utilitarian purpose the Defender fulfills.

Drivetrain

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Under the hood of the Defender is still the same 2.2-liter, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine found in the standard Defender, though the Autobiography Edition gets a moderate power increase. Horsepower jumps from 120 to 148 while torque increases from 265 to 295 pound-feet. The Defender is still more of a slow, lumbering off-roader than a quick, agile all-rounder like many of its Land Rover and Range Rover counterparts are.

The turbodiesel is backed by a six-speed manual transmission. A manually operated transfer case splits power to the front axle when heading off road while locking differentials front and rear ensure that all four tires are spinning at the same speed.

Prices

Pricing starts at €64,000, or roughly $72,208 at the current exchange rates.

Competition

2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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The Mercedes G-Class, or G-Wagen as its known by some, has much in common with the Defender. It too has not changed much over the last couple decades it’s been in service. The G-Wagen’s square body and militaristic looks are now legendary to millionaires and off-road enthusiasts alike.

Power comes from a pair of engine options in the U.S., including the base 5.5-liter V-8 and the range-topping 5.5-liter biturbo V-8. That turbocharged V-8 makes an incredible 536 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque.

Pricing starts at $115,400 for the “base” G550.

Conclusion

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The 2015 Defender Autobiography Edition acts as a great send-off to a legendary machine that practically put Land Rover’s name on the map. Its extra bits of luxury help it appeal to those looking for a collection piece or something to explore the countryside in with relative comfort. The additional horsepower is a welcome addition as well.

While our British other foreign friends have the opportunity to enjoy the Defender, it will not be sold in the U.S. Perhaps we’ll have to wait the 25 years for it to classify as an antique before shipping them over.

  • Leave it
    • * Still not powerful
    • * Not available in the U.S.
    • * Starts getting pricy

Press Release

The exclusive Autobiography Edition promises more performance, luxury and comfort than ever before thanks to its comprehensive equipment list, unique duo-tone paintwork, full Windsor leather upholstery and a power upgrade from 122PS to 150PS. Available in the UK and Europe from April, the Autobiography Edition will be produced exclusively as a 90 Station Wagon and priced from £61,500 (€64,000)*.

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Autobiography Edition

The exclusive Autobiography Edition provides more comfort, equipment and performance than any previous model. Its unique combination of interior and exterior features and special paint palette guarantee to make the Autobiography the most desirable Defender ever produced. The Autobiography will be available exclusively in the iconic 90 Station Wagon bodystyle.

A power upgrade from 122PS to 150PS guarantees performance will live up to the promise of its eye-catching looks and exclusive appearance. Striking duo-tone paintwork is the most obvious of the Autobiography’s unique features, but the most desirable Defender ever built includes a host of tasteful additions.

Summary

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Indicative pricing: from £61,500 (€64,000)

On sale: from April 2015

Bodystyles: 90 Station Wagon

Key features:

Increased power output (122PS to 150PS)
Increased torque output (360Nm to 400Nm)
Choice of seven lower body colours
Santorini Black upper body, rear door, grille, headlamp surrounds and wheel arches
Seven-inch LED projector headlamps
Clear indicator lenses
’Defender’ bonnet script in machined bright finish
Metal/Aluminium exterior door handles
Metal fuel filler cap
Side steps
Underbody protection for engine sump
Bright Pack (white tail and indicator LED lamps)
16-inch Gloss Black Sawtooth alloy wheels
Goodyear MT/R tyres
Autobiography badge (rear)
Santorini Black central information panel
Full Windsor Leather interior (including Ebony or Ivory rooflining)
Semi Aniline premium leather seats with twin needle contrast stitching and embossed Autobiography logo
Aluminium door lock button, handle and air vent bezels
Bright machined/enamel diff lock instruction plate
Unique carpet mats
Spun metal discs in cup holder slots

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