Work on the original Land Rover Defender in the American market began in the 1993 model year. The company is commemorating the anniversary by releasing a limited-edition of the current model, called the 30th Anniversary Edition of Land Rover Defender, which features a throwback design.
Based on the Defender’s four-door 110 P300 S trim, the 30th Anniversary Edition is offered in 18-inch steel wheels in white only on Fuji White. The first Defender sold here was 110 shots white with white wheels. The Land Rover wheel adds arch flares, mud flaps, side steps, an adjustable ladder to the driver’s side and a roof rack, while the back door adds a finishing touch to a classic-style iconic look.
As early as the first generation Defender was tough, the 30th Anniversary Edition offers a long list of features, including LED headlights, a sliding panoramic roof and a three-zone climate control system. It comes standard with the Cold Climate, Toe, Black Exterior and off-road packs, which bundle equipment like an electronically active differential, a trailer hitch and a heated steering wheel.
Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. It rotates four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. By comparison, the 1993 Defender sold here was powered by a 3.9-liter V8 shared with the Range Rover among many other British cars (find its roots long enough and you’ll end up at the Buick headquarters in 1960). It was tuned to deliver 180 horsepower and 227 pound-feet of torque and was powered by four wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.
The Land Rover Defender will produce 500 units of the 30th anniversary version for the American market, a number chosen because only 500 units of the 1993 Defender 110 were modified and shipped to the United States. Prices start at $ 75,000, which means it’s cheaper than its predecessor. In 1993, Land Rover Defender 110 charged $ 39,900 for the 110, representing about $ 81,000 in 2022.