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Keeping Tradition

Production started in 1948 with the Series 1 up until 09:30 on the 29th January 2016. This ended 67 years of production for Land Rover. Over the years Land Rover have released a huge range of vehicles; Series 1, Series 2, Series 3 through to the Defender.

This was not to be the end of the most iconic vehicles ever made. As practical as it was impractical that had conquered the world and our hearts and in doing so ignited a passion among enthusiasts wishing to preserve the sheer brilliance and vision of the Wilks brothers.

Together we will continue the history and remain true to the Land Rover heritage.
Start your historic journey with AB 4x4.

AB 4x4s Cleveland is an independent Land Rover specialist that deals with tax-exempt, galvanised chassis Series Land Rovers. In addition to the sales, AB 4x4s Cleveland Ltd is able to repair and service any vehicle. We specialise in restoring original Land Rovers

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One question that comes into the workshop on a regular basis is;

What gearbox is in my Defender?

The main gearboxes we get asked to identify are the R380, LT77 and LT85. There are many others and we will look at some of the detail below.

Below is a handy reference table to help you identify the main features of each box from their serial number.

Types of Gearbox

Gearbox TypeComments Serial No Style
 LT764 Speed 
 LT954 Speed box with integral transfer box found in early Series III 109 V8, 110 V8, 101 FC and Range Rover 
 LT775 Speed box fitted from 1983 to approx 1994 17A-74A PrefixA-H Suffix
 LT855 Speed “Santana” box fitted from approx 1988 to 199120C & 22C Prefix
 R3805 Speed box, replaced the LT77 fitted from approx 1994 to 200617A-74A PrefixJ on Suffix
 MT826 Speed Ford Getrag box introduced with Defender 2007 MY 
 PG1 4 Speed used in Freelander & some Rover Car models 

Additional Details

The first thing you need to do is note down your gearbox serial number.

The Gearbox Serial Number Stamped on a machined flat near the Drain Plug area.

The Number Consists Of :

  •  A Prefix e.g. 56A
  •  A six digit numerical
  • A Suffix Letter. Suffix A to H is an LT77 Transmission, Suffix J onwards is an R380 Transmission.

The first 2 give the application, ie 50A is 4 cylinder petrol and 4 cylinder diesel N/A and TD. These start from 1983 with the suffix ‘D’ 77 to the ‘H’ 77 and go up to the suffix ‘L’ for the R 380. They vary hugely but all have the prefix 50A.

Once you have the serial number you need to pay attention to the first 2 digits of the serial number but the last is very important also.

  • The 51A is the military 77, lower 1st and 2nd, run from D to H suffixes,
  • The 200 TDi used the 56A, all were suffix G or H, replaced by the 44A R 380, J to L
  • The 300 defender used the 56A R 380, most were J but go up to L
  • The 300 military was the 58A, same as above but with an oil cooler casting on the side
  • The TD5 was the 68A suffix L, Europe spec (non oil cooled)
  • The 74A was the TD5 def ROW (oil cooled) spec
  • The 66A was for the MPI defender (Italian police)
  • The 60A was the non oil cooled V8 def, 77 and 380, G to L
  • The 61A was the oil cooled def 77 and 380 G to L

Reverse Gear Position

The reverse gear can be used to give you basic information on whether you have an LT77 Gearbox or an R380 Gearbox.

  • If Reverse is next to 1st gear. You have an LT 77 or 85 gearbox
  • If Reverse is below 5th and inline with 4th gear you have an R380 transmission.

Once you have identified your gearbox you can safely order parts.

The dust has settled on the chancellor, Richi Sunak’s budget for the forth coming year and there are no real surprises.

The key facts aside from the quick look at fuel duty is road tax. The place to start is that the new budget only affects cars first registered on or after 1 April 2017 with the new rates taking effect from1 April 2021.

For all us Land Rover owners with cars pre-2017 we will see the usual in line with inflation creep up in our road tax which is in the 2% region.

New Defenders

A brief cast around the specification and it soon became apparent that owning a new Land Rover could get expensive.

ModelCO2
LAND ROVER Defender 2.0 D200 90 AWD Auto232
LAND ROVER Defender 2.0 D200 110 AWD Auto234
LAND ROVER Defender 2.0 P300 90 AWD Auto257
LAND ROVER Defender 2.0 P300 110 AWD Auto260

So while some of these new models boast a tax band of A they could still land you with a 5 year bill that mounts up to a pretty penny. But that is a different debate.

How do the chancellors new tax bands look?

Tax year 2021 to 2022   
CO2 emissions (g/km)Standard rateFirst Year RateFirst Year Rate
Diesel vehicles*
0£0£0£0
1-50£155£10£25
51-75£155£25£115
76-90£155£115£140
91-100£155£140£160
101-110£155£160£180
111-130£155£180£220
131-150£155£220£555
151-170£155£555£895
171-190£155£895£1345
191-225£155£1345£1910
226-255£155£1910£2245
Over 255£155£2245£2245

Cars with a list price of over £40,000 when new pay an additional £325 per year on top of the standard rate, for the first five years before returning to the rates listed above. 

Cars registered on or after 1 March 2001 but before 1 April 2017

CO2 emissions (g/km)Standard rate (2021-2022)
Up to 100£0
101-110£20
111-120£30
121-130£130
131-140£155
141-150£170
151-165£210
166-175£250
176-185£275
186-200£315
201-225£340
226-255£585
Over 255£600
The higher rates take effect on 1 April 2021

VED bands and rates for cars/vans registered before 1 March 2001

Engine sizeTax year 2021 to 2022
1549cc and below£170
Above 1549cc£280

Thierry Bolloré, CEO of JLR has set the goal of becoming a net zero business by 2039 when he recently launched the Reimagine strategy.

The Reimagine strategy will see Land Rover welcome six pure electric variants over the next five years, the first of which will be completed and available by 2024.

The Tata-owned British car manufacturer revealed its will establish two clear, unique personalities and brands as it announced it would to embark on a process of ‘rightsizing, repurposing and reorganising’ through a new ‘Reimagine’ strategy.

The notable news is the repositioning of the company from its position as a high end premium brand and start to compete for the cash in the luxury category. JLR have been beleaguered over the years by reliability issues and dropping sales. Whilst COVID did not help any vehicle sales anywhere JLR with the introduction of the new Defender did manage to stay ahead of the market in terms of sales.

Notable proponents of the announcement was Boris Johnson who published on his Twitter account;

“Great news Jaguar Land Rover is set to become an all-electric brand by 2025, a significant step towards becoming a net zero business by 2039. A brilliant example of British engineering leading the industry to a cleaner future, as we build back greener.”

While traditionalists will tell you that the Defender era ended in 2016 the new Defender has shown itself to be a capable off and on road vehicle. It is doubtful how many will see off-road action but in its own right it is an impressive vehicle.

Thierry the former Renault boss as we know was brought in during 2020 with the remit of making the company’s viable again. The strategy of making more profit on less sales should be enough to stabilise the brand that is ailing to the point of struggling to justify its existence. The new boss has definitely set out an aggressive strategy and he has some way to go to change consumer mindsets.

Is this the announcement that signifies a move away from utilitarian vehicles and it will be interesting to see if the Defender brand evolves into a Luxury marquee rivalling the Ineos Grenadier.

As JLR adopt systems and technology from other manufacturers already in the electric market their reliability could increase seeing a reversal fortunes and a change in the message that Land Rover are not 100% reliable. Time will tell if the new strategy will work for the company.

As we are now seeing a dusting of snow around our North Yorkshire workshop we decided to put a few essential motoring tips to help get you safely get the most out of your Land Rover through the winter months.

1. Check your tyres

During the winter you need to make sure your tyres grip the road. The law says you should change your tyres if you have 1.6mm of tread or less. We advise you check your tyre type against the manufacturers recommend guidelines and consider changing in line with their advice.

While your checking the tread its also a good idea to check that the pressures are correct. You will want around 32 PSI, again check your load and the types of terrain your will be driving on against the manufacturers guidelines.

Lastly, check your tyres for foreign objects, splits, cracks or bulges. Last thing you want is a tyre failing especially when road conditions potentially more trecorous.

2. Check your windscreen wash fluid

There are two checks to perform. The first and most obvious is that you have fluid in the resevoir. With salt on the roads along with usual muck and debris at this time of year it does not take long before your windscreen is covered making it difficult to see out. Keep an eye on the levels especially in winter and keep it topped up.

Read the guidelines on the container. Windscreen wash can be diluted but make sure you put in washer fluid with enough antifreeze for the winter conditions you will be experiencing.

3. Winter Starting

In winter with darkness closing in faster you will generally be using more electrical components (lights, heating, wipers etc). This draws power from the battery and during cold starts your battery has to work harder. Most garages will test your battery free or for a very small fee. If you don’t use your vehicle regularly invest in a smart charger to keep your battery in optimal condition.

4. Check your coolant

Essential all your round but in winter you want to make sure as the temperature drops your coolant will not freeze causing issues with your engine. If you have not changed your coolant in a while get it tested at your local garage who will be able to test the condition and give you reliable information on its boiling and freezing points. Keep your coolant topped up to ensure your engine remains within the optimal temperature range.

5. Be Prepared

It pays to be prepared. We suggest carrying a couple of essential items;

  • Warning triangle
  • Tow Rope
  • Hot Drink in a flask (if heading out on a long journey)
  • Spare battery charger for your phone
  • Folding shovels are handy for shifting snow that accumulates when parked.
  • De-icer and scraper
  • Torch
  • First aid kit
  • Paper road map. In-car satnav is great but if you have to walk a map can help.
  • Sun glasses (low sun during winter can be blinding for drivers)
  • Think Warmth (If you have a flat on a motorway and need to sit behind the barrier waiting for recovery)
    • Winter coat
    • Jumper
    • Walking boots
    • Gloves
    • Blanket (Wool is best)

Want a 4×4 that will take you anywhere?

We have a large selection of Land Rovers at our North Yorkshire facility and we offer UK and Worldwide delivery. Get in touch with the team at AB4x4s Cleveland to discuss your requirements.

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In July 2020 Roads Minister Baroness Vere announced that tyres aged 10 years and older will be banned from being fitted to the front wheels of lorries, buses and coaches on roads in the UK to improve road safety.

Alongside fitting tyres of 10 years or older additional details will be published about the re-treading of tyres. When the changes come into affect in Feb 2021 the tyres will need to display either the manufacture date of the re-treading date.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said:

In the same way that you wouldn’t drive a car with faulty brakes, ensuring your tyres are fit for purpose is crucial in making every journey safer.

Drivers are ultimately responsible for the vehicle they are driving. But it will be an impact on owners and operators of vehicles to ensure compliance with the new requirements. The rules will be enforced in regard to our Land Rovers at the annual MOT.

How do the rules affect Land Rover Owners?

According to LRO the new rules that will come into affect in Feb 2021 capture our 9 seater plus vehicles. In their article they state;

LRO has checked with DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) who have confirmed that 10- and 12-seater Land Rovers do meet the definition of minibus.

The new rules do not apply to vehicles over 40 years old which are used for non-commercial purposes, but 10+ seat long wheelbase (109-inch, One Ten and 110) station wagon models from late Series III through to 2007 – when the rules regarding forward-facing seats were introduced – could fall foul of the rules.

In reality your tyres are an extremely important part of the vehicle and one that needs attention. The recent studies and the lessons learned from accidents goes a long way into explaining that the age and degradation of the rubber and possible rust and corrosion of internal materials used to strengthen tyres cannot be seen making older tyres potentially more susceptible to fatigue and failure.

As a matter of course even if your tyres look great it is worth getting them checked and assessed by a professional.

Does the age of Tyres matter?

If we start but considering that it is the tyres that are the contact point with the road and responsible for not only steering, motion but also braking they are essential safety equipment.

Within the tyre industry the adopted German BRV standard considers tyres to be “new” and fit for retail up to 5 years from the date of production and they recommended tyres are replaced when they reach 7 – 10 years old regardless of visual inspection 0r 6 years in the case of caravans or trailers and tyres that run higher pressures in the 50psi range.

How to tell the age of your tyres?

Since 2000 tyres have been stamped with a DOT code which includes a date section. The date is the last 4 numbers in the sequence.

The numbers are easy to work out. The first two numbers are the week of manufacture and the last two numbers are the year of manufacture.

The numbers stamped on the tyre shows 4308. This translates to week 43 and year 2008.

Key Rules

  • tyres aged 10 years and older to be banned to help improve road safety
  • clearly visible date of manufacture mandatory on each tyre, ensuring older tyres are easy to spot

At AB4x4s we supply and fit a range of tyres for Land Rovers and we aim to match any like for like pricing.

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Sources

Government response to the consultation to ban tyres aged 10 years or older – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

10 year tyre ban for 10- and 12-seater Land Rovers | Articles | Land Rover Owner (lro.com)

BRV German Tyre Retail and Vulcanisation Trade Association – BRV e.V. (bundesverband-reifenhandel.de)

In 2015 the Historic status was extended covering Land Rovers over 40 years young. The change introduced an unusual quirk meaning that owners could fit the historic black and silver number plates even though this is not how they came out of the factory and that they would not have been allowed to display the historic number plate when new.

The latest legislation contains a number of rule changes that will be a blow to owners of military vehicles approaching the grand old age of 40. The change to legislation means that only vehicles with a construction date prior to 1st Jan 1980 will be allowed to display the iconic black and silver plates despite being in the DVLA’s historic vehicle tax class.

What vehicles can display a historic black and silver number plate?

Any vehicles made before January 1973 are allowed to display the white, silver or grey characters on a black plate. From April 2019, vehicles registered before the 1st of January 1979 can legally display historic style plates providing they have applied to the DVLA.

Do not confuse this with the 40-year tax exemption which is calculated from 1st April each year.

What is legal and illegal for number plates in the UK?

Here are a few points to look out for when it comes to displaying your number plate:

  • Use of a non-standard font or typeface (no italic lettering or hard to read font style)
  • Changing characters or modifying spacing between letters or letter groupings (be careful on screw placements and screw header colours.)
  • Do not add graphics or logos (such as sporting or religious emblems)

What happens if you display an illegal number plate?

Simple, if your vehicle does not display a legal set of number plates you could receive a fine of up to £1,000. It is also an automatically fail when it comes to your vehicle needing an MOT.

You can checkout all the rules on the government site:

Displaying number plates – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

To keep the page from getting too long we have decided to split the list in two. Week one saw us covering Christmas presents that would have any Land Rover enthusiast smiling on the big day. Hopefully we covered something in all price ranges and across all elements from stocking fillers to vehicle improvements and security.

If you missed the first 5 present ideas have a look at our blog

Starting the present ideas 6 to 10 we could not help but start with an essential Christmas gift (well in our house anyway). What are we talking about?


IDEA: 6 – Socks

Yup, the present that along side the Christmas jumper probably raises a chuckle. But we have combined two items of clothing to soften the blow but no Christmas present list would be complete with including socks.

The t-shirt comes from Spreadshirt

Landy Defender Hero Men’s T-Shirt | Spreadshirt

And the socks are from Fat Face

One Pack Land Rover Socks, Socks & Underwear | FatFace.com


IDEA:7 North Yorkshire Off Road Centre Driving Tuition

These guys are on our door step based on the beautiful North Yorkshire Coast just below Whitby.

Having taken two 11 year olds and a 10 year old on a driver experience course with our instructor Colin I can thoroughly recommend this centre for training.

The tracks are spread out over a wide area with a lot of challenges. As a tutor Colin really knows his stuff and delivered a great couple of hours tuition.

Their website describes the tracks as;

Our site is legendary amongst off road enthusiasts, and has been described in the press as one of the toughest off road test tracks in the UK”.  With the huge variety of obstacles and terrain on our private hillside and quarry on the cliff top, combined with a specialist 4×4 driving instructor, there’s no better place to drive off road, with fantastic views over the North Yorkshire coast.

Their website has a number of options from using their specialist vehicles through to taking your own. So if you are thinking of buying a Series or Defender for Christmas why not book a familiarisation session and learn how to make the most out of your purchase.

You can find out more about their courses and where you can take you Land Rover for a great day out on their website

North Yorkshire Off Road Centre (nyoffroad.co.uk)


IDEA:8 Fourby Boost Pin

For idea 8 we bring you another UK based company who are great to deal with and produce a wide range of tools, parts and modifications to improve your Defender.

They also run a cracking Facebook performance group which if you are interested in maximising not only the performance but the look of your truck is well worth a follow.

But to pick one of their products was pretty easy. We went for the boost pin. Now, I could try and explain it all but a YouTube channel with a Yorkshire man in Canada does it so much better than me.

All I wall say is (Watch the video and the quote will become clear)

“Spin the bloody wheels man”

Also a big thank you to Mike at Britannica Restorations Ltd over in Canada for producing brilliant maintenance videos. Check him out on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRssffMP_F8_SCJcqFLq4Ow

Fourby describe the boost pin as;

A new Boost Pin to our range! The Fourby Boost Pin is made exclusively for us in the UK. 

We have been working with our suppliers, to bring to you a rival boost pin but with a mid range price point. 

Machined to give the same performance as the Morgan Hill pin and fully hardened to the spec of the original Bosch Pin. 

And finally don’t take our word for it, just look at those reviews! If you are wanting to go all out they do a full tuning kit which you can find on their site on the link below

Fourby Boost Pin – www.Fourby.co.uk


IDEA:9 Headliner Replacement

Feb up of that sagging headliner, or maybe you don’t have one installed. AB4x4s are offering a service to install a new headliner using top quality 5 way stretch fabric to your vehicle.

Not only does the truck end up looking better as a result of a professionally installed headliner but some of the additional benefits include;

  • Less/No condensation
  • Heater warms the van faster (If your heater works ;-))
  • Quieter and much more pleasant
  • Warmer in winter, cooler in summer

You can find out more and book your fitting on our web shop

Headlining Recover – AB4x4 Cleveland | Land Rover Restoration Specialists |AB4x4 Cleveland | (ab4x4scleveland.co.uk)


IDEA:10 10% off a Full Service

Get you Land Rover Defender or Series in tip top condition for the new year. This week we are offering 10% off a full service if ordered online.

Our full service includes

  • Oil and Fuel Filter Change
  • Air filter change
  • Oil change (including washers and drain plug replacement if required)
  • Gearbox Oil Change
  • Differential Oil Change

To purchase your full service visit our online store

AB4x4s Land Rover Series or Defender Full Service – AB4x4 Cleveland | Land Rover Restoration Specialists |AB4x4 Cleveland | (ab4x4scleveland.co.uk)

Once you have purchased your service get in touch with Anthony to book a suitable date and time.


For the Land Rover enthuasist who is really hard to buy for…

We all have that person in on lives who we love. But when it comes to getting them a gift they seem to have absolutely everything and our minds are totally blank as to what to get them.

This year at AB4x4’s we have been putting together a list of bits and pieces that someone on the team has used, has or otherwise loves the look off.

We will be updating this post each day with what we think will put a massive smile on the face of your Land Rover enthusiast. These gifts will cover the full price range and be from many different locations. We hope you find something you like and with our biggest ever build in 2020 currently underway you might have guessed that we are a little more than excited this year.

IDEA:1

We are starting at the top of the spectrum with this idea but we thought it was an unreal idea. With two options to choose from you can have a watch that not only goes with your Land Rover but is in fact made out of parts of one.

The first choice is is the Beach Runner which the company describe as;

The RNR Beachrunner is our first-ever Swiss Made timepiece with a dial handcrafted from the roof of a 1981 Land Rover. Limited to 552 pieces.

The Beach Runner comes in at £1,343 and can be found on the company website;

RNR Beachrunner – REC Watches

Or if your tastes are more modern the company has the R.O.C.K Fighter which that build up as;

The RNR Rockfighter is our first-ever Swiss Made timepiece with a dial handcrafted from the door of a 2003 Land Rover Defender. Limited to 463 pieces.

The R.O.C.K Fighter also comes in at £1,343 and can be found on the company website;

RNR Rockfighter – REC Watches

We know we have set off with a very high bar but these stood out as cool but if you want to set the bar even higher we always have vehicles for sale.


IDEA:2

This idea is to help your Land Rover loved one improve their vehicle. I first came across this amazing product while restoring a personal vehicle. The product I am referring too is the Syncro Gearboxes, Slick Shifter.

Who are Syncro Gearboxes?

Syncro Gearboxes is a UK based company that specialises in Land Rover Gearbox parts and upgrades. We also offer a wide range of engine/gearbox adapters

While it sounds like a part that should be more associated with a racing car than a Land Rover this product turns the wayward wondering of the Land Rover gearbox into something that feels more positive and modern.

The Slick Shift is made in the UK by a friendly and industry leading firm of engineers. To say this is simple to fit is an understatement and in contrast the changes to the drivability is frankly stunning.

It is safe to safe that these guys are experts at what they do and we have only picked out one of their products that we found makes a real difference.

Syncro Gear boxes describe their Slick Shift as;

The Syncro Gearboxes Slickshift® is arguably the best modification for any Defender, Discovery, Range Rover or Series Land Rover owner. The Slickshift® improves the gear selection making it easier and more comfortable to drive your cherished Landy. With drivability in mind, the Slickshift® was designed to make the driving experience more pleasurable. 

Checkout their company website for their range of products;

Defender LT77 & R380 Slickshift inc TD5 | Online Gearbox Parts Shop

If you are in the process of restoring or improving your Land Rover Defender or Series we have a range of parts available in our online shop.


IDEA:3

For today’s present idea we are including the perfect stocking filler. From Car Keyrings UK we have found a lovely Stainless Steel Defender Keyring that is made in the UK.

The company describe them as;

Land Rover Defender Stainless Steel Keyring

Designed and Made in the UK using high quality materials – finished in 2mm Stainless Steel with a brushed effect.

Size – Approximately 50mm in length.

You can pick yours up online from the company website

CarKeyrings


IDEA:4

For Friday we are looking at a topic that is at the fore of every Land Rover Defender owners thinking… Security.

There are a variety of products on the market but one of the easiest to use that is very effective is a good quality pedal lock.

Here we are suggesting a product that is designed and made not only in the UK but down the road from our base right here in Yorkshire.

MUD-UK is a family owned company founded in 2003 and underpinned by a lifetime of Land Rovers. They are based in the heart of the Yorkshire Pennines.

The product from their range that we have picked out is their Ardcase Pedal Lock


IDEA:5

Today we start with a brilliantly researched and well put together history of the Land Rover Defender. It covers everything from the inception of the Defender through to an unusually customised Defender that can be used as a boat.

What Ben has got spot on is the sentiment of the classless vehicle. The Defender is equally has happy with royalty or sheep in the back.

I was gifted this book last year and it is a brilliant read.

The promotional blurb for the book describes it as;

As quintessentially British as a plate of fish and chips or a British Bulldog, the boxy, utilitarian Land Rover Defender has become an iconic part of what it is to be British.

It is said that for more than half the world’s population, the first car they ever saw was a Land Rover Defender. It mirrors many of our national traits, stiff upper-lipped and slightly eccentric. The car has remained relatively unchanged for nearly seven decades and has spawned an industry that includes dozens of publications, car shows, clubs, associations and even model car collectors who dedicate their lives to the Land Rover.

To understand this national love affair, Ben has travelled the length of the British Isles in a Defender, spending time with fellow Land Rover enthusiasts: from visiting Colonel Blashford-Snell, who crossed the jungles of the Darien Gap, to patrolling the streets of Belfast with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Ben has met folk who have converted their beloved Defenders into everything from hearses and coffee shops to works of art and fire trucks. He has travelled from the Red Wharf in Anglesey, Wales onto the Western Isles of Scotland and Islay, the island used as a testing ground by Spencer Wilks in 1947 to put several of the early Series Land Rover prototypes through their paces.

After 67 years and 2 million vehicles the Land Rover Defender has ceased production, and this book is a fitting tribute to this most British institution which has stood as a beacon of durability and Britishness across the world. Every Land Rover has its own unique story to tell. This is the story of the world’s favourite car.

You can pick up a copy at your local book shop or it can be ordered from Waterstones online

Land Rover by Ben Fogle | Waterstones

A vehicle that is at ease with itself whether carrying royalty or ploughing through a field with farmer and collie. The Land Rover Series has been an iconic sight on our roads for many years and featured in one of my all time favourite episodes of the BBC’s Top Gear.

This takes us all the way back to Feb 2015 with the description of the episode reading as follows;

Caution: contains explicit language. Jeremy Clarkson tests the new BMW M4 at the track, while Richard Hammond pays tribute to a 4×4 that has been in production for 66 years. Meanwhile, James May tests the brand new, 500 horsepower Mercedes-AMG GT. On top of all that, the stars in the Reasonably Priced Car are actress Margot Robbie and Hollywood superstar Will Smith.

You can of course watch the full episode by buying it from the BBC;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjU3SeUvvek

or I have found (not a great picture) but the section that if you are here will be of interest most to you. Enjoy!

Or to quote the headline on the front of Autocar;

DEFENDER IS BACK!

I cannot say that I did not have a smile on my face as I read the headline in anticipation of seeing what JLR had planned to rival the Ionos Grenadier.

Out of the factory in pristine condition with everything tuned to perfection a stock 110, Land Rover Defender Puma 110 2.4 TD produced in the region of 121 HP.

Spec Sheet

Brand :Land Rover
Model : Defender
Version : Puma 110 2.4 TD
Engine Power : 90 kW (122 PS – 121 hp)
Cylinders : 4 cylinders (Inline configuration)
Volume : 2402 cm3
Fuel supply system : 16 valves
Torque : 360 Nm (2000 RPM)
Transmission : Four Wheel Drive, manual
Weight (average) : 2708 kg
Weight/Power ratio : 30.09 kg/kW (22.2 kg/PS)
Power-consumption ratio : 3.7 kW/L
Average fuel consumption : 24.2 l/100km
ACCELERATION (62mph) : 20.5 sec

Had they used the Defender and not a DeLorean in the Back to the Future Series it would have been a long film.

But our Iconic, much loved vehicle is back in production. Not quite! Back in 2019 the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations Division acquired the struggling specialist tuning company Bowler for an undisclosed amount.

Bowler are famous for producing high performance competition Land Rovers that are highly sought after by competitors all over the world.

The JLR/Bowler partnership extends all the way back to 2012 when the companies teamed up to produce the Defender Challenger. Bowler have a solid credentials in customising and tuning Land Rover Defenders and the purchase of the company and subsequent grant of a license to use the body from the 110 brings JLR back into the fray of the Defender debate and market. Again, this is a sort bitter sweet statement for us mere mortals. The JLR/Bowler/SVO purchase and plans looked to set them up against the styling companies like Twisted and Overfinch.

We know the guys at Twisted well and the quality work they produce. Being on our door step in North Yorkshire we often see their styled vehicles around the area. A Twisted vehicle (at the time of writing on their website) started from £70,000


There is no doubt that these vehicles are stunning and if you are in to your Defenders these guys are well worth a trip to see.

Unpicking the facts.

The Land Rover Defender 110 body shape is back produced by a new SVO division of Jaguar Land Rover. Unfortunately that is about the only similarity. The Bowler will hit the road with 567bhp produced by a supercharged v8 and get you from 0 to 60 mph in an eye watering 4.0sec.

Now, while I am not all about speed I would love to see one of these go head to head with the electric Land Rover using the Tesla engine we commented on previously.

Unlike the vehicles of Twisted and Overfinch the new Bowler from JLR will be rolled out with a price tag of £200,000.

That is a lot of cash and the vehicle will only be produced in limited quantities of under 20 per year.

The Good News for us Defender owners is that JLR have recognised the growth in the restoration and customisation market over the recent number of years. JLR have suggested that the new Bowler styling will be expand the range of official projects for the old Defender body-style, alongside the restoration programmes and upgrade kits offered by Jaguar Land Rover Classic.

In the near future more styling and tuning products for us to bring to our restoration projects giving our customers more scope when it comes to defining the look of their vehicle.

We are the leading Land Rover Restoration Specialists in the North East. We can restore any Land Rover!

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