Special edition Defender gets Recaro seats and a subwoofer. No, really

In the year of its 60th anniversary, Land Rover will relaunch the soft-top Defender with this limited edition 90, badged SVX. Also available as a 90 Station Wagon, the SVX gets metallic black paint, a new grille and LED rear lights. Soft top models get a metallic silver full roll cage which acts as a frame for the black fabric hood. The spare wheel is stowed behind the front seats, in the style of the original 1948 Land rover. Inside there are bespoke Recaro seats, sat-nav, and an upgraded audio system with an iPod dock.Under the bonnet is the same 120bhp, 265lb ft 2.4-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that the standard Defender gets, so there’ll be no burbling V8 for this blinging Landie, however Solihull still describes it as “the ultimate Defender.” And in the absence of a factory version of the 5.0-litre, 290bhp Bowler Wildcat, we’d probably agree with them.Just 200 SVXs will be available in the UK, from spring 2008. Prices will be announced next year, but expect to pay around £30,000.

Our Verdict

Land Rover Defender
The chassis and body are hugely strong and should last a lifetime. The detailing, such as the interior trim, is dreadful

The Land Rover Defender is an institution and unbeatable off road, if crude on it

Join the debate


22 November 2007

Oh dear! I suppose that this is what came out of a focus group. Personally, I hate it; the grill and headlights look like an Everest conservatory on Stonehenge. I did have fond hopes of the V8 diesel under the bonnet, that and an auto would be a unique vehicle worth having. I suppose that with a 1972 Morgan and a 1989 110 CSW, I just don't like tarted vehicles.

23 November 2007

I'm sorry to say it totally uninspiring. Then again if I was into off roading I may find it irresistible. I suppose it is in a class of it's own and therefore can command whatever price it wants.

Why not go the other way and make it more luxurious? charge even more for it and watch the house wives flock to buy it.

23 November 2007

Land Rover,

If I want bespoke, I'll buy a Range Rover and give it to someone to tart up.

Land Rover's messed about with like this tell you more about who's buying them these days than what they should be used for.

What a complete and utter waste of an icon - you should be ashamed - it makes me sick.


25 November 2007

£30K !!!!!

Are they on drugs ?!?!?!?

Surely any real Landie enthusiast would buy their own 'original' 90 V8 for approx £5k and then spend a little pocket money on roll cages, race seats and big grabber wheels....

And then have some change left over for something a little more road biased to play with on the roads, maybe an early series one Elise....?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Audi S5 Sportback
    First Drive
    20 October 2016
    New S5 Sportback is more spacious, better to drive and offers a calmer ride than before, but rivals offer greater involvement
  • Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy
    First Drive
    19 October 2016
    Mildly revised hot hatch is enjoyable on UK roads but continues to play second fiddle to the Ford Fiesta ST
  • 2016 Smart fortwo Brabus cabrio xclusive
    First Drive
    18 October 2016
    Mechanical upgrades make the Smart Fortwo Brabus cabrio better to drive, but it’s too pricey to recommend
  • Citroen C3 1.2 Puretech 82
    First Drive
    14 October 2016
    Not a class leader objectively, but the C3's funky good looks and a swish interior give it subjective appeal. Needs the more powerful petrol, though
  • BMW M140i
    First Drive
    13 October 2016
    Rear-drive balance, a smooth six-pot motor and a beautifully judged eight-speed gearbox: the M140i is as rewarding as the car it replaces