Despite production having officially ended a year ago, it’s not quite the end of the road for the Land Rover Defender, because the Brit automaker has just announced a limited-edition high-performance version of the icon, with up to 150 V8-powered examples re-engineered to celebrate the marque’s 70th anniversary this year.

The Defender Works V8 – 70th Edition pays homage to the early high-powered engines in both the Series III Stage 1 V8 from 1979 and subsequent Defenders, including the 50th Anniversary Edition, and will be the most powerful and fastest version of the Defender ever created.

The 5.0 litre naturally-aspirated petrol V8 powertrain produces 398 hp at 6,000 rpm and 515 Nm at 5,000 rpm, well up from that of a standard Defender’s 120 hp and 360 Nm. Performance numbers include a 0-100 km/h time of 5.6 secs and a 170 km/h top speed.

The V8 powertrain – paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with sport mode – will be fitted to 150 specially-selected and re-engineered Defenders for the 70th Edition. Available in both 90 and 110 wheelbase forms, the variant will also feature bi-LED headlamps, uprated brakes and a handling kit (springs, dampers and anti-roll bars) as well as exclusive 18-inch diamond-turned Sawtooth alloy wheels and 265/65 R18 all-terrain tyres.

Inside, full Windsor Leather interior trim covers the dashboard, door panels, headlining and the front Recaro sports seats. Also on, a Classic Infotainment System.

Eight standard body colours will be available, and these include two satin finishes – contrasting with a Santorini Black roof, wheel arches and front grille – finished with machined aluminium door handles, fuel filler cap and Defender bonnet lettering.

Drawing inspiration from the Defender Works V8, the company has also announced it will be releasing items for regular variants, and these will be made available via Land Rover Classic, and will include power upgrades for the TDCi diesel engine as well as high-performance suspension and braking kits.

The Land Rover Defender Works V8 will be sold in the United Kingdom and Middle East/North African markets, the latter on a personal import basis.