British manufacturer Land Rover celebrated its 65th birthday on April 30th 2013 and to mark the milestone anniversary has launched this limited edition Defender, dubbed ‘LXV’– which is the Roman numeral for 65.
The new special edition is based on the standard Defender Hard Top and comes with the usual 2.2 litre 120 horsepower diesel engine that develops 265 lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm and is linked to a six-speed manual transmission.
The Defender accelerates from 0-62mph in 14.7 seconds and has a top speed of a 90mph.
This special edition sits on 16-inch Sawtooth alloy wheels and has grille, facia and headlight surrounds, and will be available in either shiny Santorini Black or Fuji White paint jobs with a nicely contrasting Corris gray roof top, and also sports LXV special badges and a union flag decal – optional - on the tail gate.
The interior the vehicle will feature full black leather seats with “LXV” embossed onto the headrests, and bright orange stitching accenting not only the seats, but also the steering wheel and center console.
Only 65 units of this special and limited edition will be produced, and available exclusively in the UK, and the selling price of the Land Rover Defender LXV will be £28,765 (approximately $44,500).
The LXV Defender was launched in a special gala celebration at Packington Estate, near Land Rover's factory and proving grounds at Solihull, where the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models are made and there were more than 130 vehicles from Land Rover’s rich history were display, including the very first Series 1 Rover - the Hue 166.
Also on display was the company's current model line-up, from the Defender, Discovery, Freelander, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport to the Range Rover Evoque, but also a glimpse of what the future might hold for the manufacturer, an electric Defender concept vehicle.