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Published on July 30th, 2021 | by Joshua Chin

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Land Rover Defender Trophy Edition Lands In North America

Buyers of this special Defender will also net an entrance to the Land Rover U.S. Trophy Competition. 

While the all-new iteration of Defender has certainly moved away from its utilitarian roots and has become more of a Chelsea tractor, Land Rover is nevertheless still very adamant on showcasing its 4×4 prowess at every opportunity. And the latest of which comes in the form of this newly launched Trophy Edition exclusively for North America, that brings with it even more off-road equipment than stock, not to mention a ‘two-person entry to a one-day off-road adventure in the Land Rover U.S. Trophy Competition’ too. 

Starting first though on what distinguishes these Trophy Edition Defenders from the stock 2022 Defender 110 P400 X-Dynamic SE on which it is based, these limited-run Landies net a slew of additional all-terrain toys that include an expedition roof rack, front under-shield, deployable ladder, winch installation kit, mud flaps, integrated air compressor, deep sided and load space rubber mats. Standard too on these special edition SUVs are the previously-optional tow hitch receiver, ClearSight RearView, Air Suspension Pack, Cold Climate Pack, Off-road Pack, and Advanced Off-road Capability Pack. 

Probably the most eye-catching thing on this special edition Defender however is its black-and-yellow wrap, which was inspired by the Classic Defender Works V8 Trophy. These Trophy Editions also feature an old-school Land Rover logo decal on its doors, presumably paying homage to the Land Rovers that competed in the annual Camel Trophy off-road event that was held from 1980 to 2000.

Now speaking more about off-road events and touching more on the aforementioned Land Rover U.S. Trophy Competition meanwhile, buyers of this Trophy Edition will be offered the rare opportunity to enter this one-day competition held at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Taking place from the 11th of October 2021, the overall winning team there will then get to compete at a similar outing at Eastnor Castle in the United Kingdom come early 2022.

Prices for the Defender Trophy Edition starts from $90,000 (RM 380,000) when it hits select North American Land Rover dealerships in August. Only 220 units will ever be produced. 

“The Defender Trophy Edition evokes the spirit of adventure with an array of off-road accessories and special features created for the ultimate Land Rover enthusiast,” said Joe Eberhardt, President and CEO of JLR North America. “We’re looking forward to putting on a memorable adventure competition for our Defender Trophy Edition customers that will not only put these vehicles to the test but will also create a special shared experience honouring the rich heritage of the Land Rover brand.”

PRESS RELEASE: Continuing the expedition legacy of the original Defender, today, Land Rover North America announced a limited production Defender Trophy Edition with an adventure competition, held at the legendary Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina included with purchase.

Inspired by the Land Rover Classic Defender Works V8 Trophy, a limited edition of 25 re-engineered classic Defenders, the Trophy Edition carries on the same spirit of adventure for the North American market. Based on the 22MY Defender 110 P400 X-Dynamic SE, the Defender Trophy Edition features a special vehicle wrap inspired by the Defender Works V8 Trophy, an Extended Black Exterior Pack, tow hitch receiver, ClearSight RearView, Air Suspension Pack, Cold Climate Pack, 11.4-inch Touchscreen, Off-road Pack, and Advanced Off-road Capability Pack.

The Defender Trophy Edition is designed to tackle some of the most demanding endurance challenges. Additional all-terrain equipment includes expedition roof rack, front undershield, deployable ladder, winch installation kit, mud flaps, integrated air compressor, deep sided and loadspace rubber mats.

With 220 Defender Trophy Edition vehicles sold exclusively in the U.S., each will come with an opportunity for a two-person entry to a one-day off-road adventure in the Land Rover U.S. Trophy Competition. Up to 90 teams (six waves of 15 teams maximum on a first come, first served basis) will compete at the legendary Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. starting from October 11, 2021. Competitors will face a number of on- and off-road challenges, including physical and team building obstacles. Expert one-on-one coaching will be provided as part of the adventure, giving customers a unique opportunity to develop extreme driving techniques and skills in their own vehicle, before putting their training to the test.

The overall winning team, as determined by a judging panel, will go on to compete at The Land Rover Trophy Competition at Eastnor Castle in the U.K., the spiritual home of Land Rover testing and development, to take place early 2022.

The Defender Trophy Edition evokes the spirit of adventure with an array of off-road accessories and special features created for the ultimate Land Rover enthusiast. We’re looking forward to putting on a memorable adventure competition for our Defender Trophy Edition customers that will not only put these vehicles to the test but will also create a special shared experience honouring the rich heritage of the Land Rover brand. — Joe Eberhardt, President & CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America

The Defender Trophy Edition will be available this August, priced at $90,000 and can be purchased at certain Land Rover retailers in the U.S. To learn more visit, landroverusa.com/defendertrophyedition

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