• Nov 23rd 2007 at 3:05PM
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Land Rover is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a UK-only special edition Defender 90 they're calling the SVX. (No, it doesn't look like a Subaru.) The SVX is a 200-vehicle limited edition (140 convertibles, 60 hardtops) that also happens to be the swankiest version of the short-wheelbase Defender yet. As evidence of this, note the bright metallic grille surround, clear lamps, silver roll cage and spiffy wheels. Inside, Recaros, an upgraded stereo (iPod cradle, subwoofer, etc.), Garmin navi, and alloy shift knobs continue the glitzification. Not to worry, though. Just because this Defender's been to the haberdashery for some new duds and accessories doesn't mean it's any less capable. Like its more casually-attired kin, if the going gets rough (literally), it's good to go.

[Source: Land Rover]

2008 Land Rover Defender 90 SVX (UK)
  • 2008 Land Rover Defender 90 SVX (UK)
  • To celebrate Land Rover's 60th Anniversary, 200 special edition Defender 90 SVX models will be sold in the UK.
  • Land Rover Defender 110 SVX (Australia)
  • To celebrate Land Rover's 60th anniversary, 36 special edition Land Rover Defender 110 SVX models will be sold in Australia.


Gaydon, Warwickshire, 21 November 2007 – Land Rover will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a new special edition of the iconic Defender – the SVX.

The Land Rover Defender SVX was unveiled for the first time by Zara Phillips at the British Red Cross Ball in London earlier this evening. The world's first SVX has been donated by Land Rover UK to the British Red Cross to auction at the ball.

"The Red Cross association with Land Rover goes back to 1954, when Land Rover supplied a vehicle to the British Red Cross for use in Dubai as a mobile dispensary," said James Johnstone, chairman for the British Red Cross Ball. "We are thrilled that Land Rover continues to support our vital humanitarian work today. Funds raised from auctioning this vehicle will go towards the work of the Red Cross in the UK and overseas, which this year has included the UK floods, Darfur Crisis and ongoing HIV work in Africa."

While most of the 25,000 Defenders produced each year are working tools for everyone from farmers and foresters to aid agencies, the SVX is the most stylish and feature-packed version that Land Rover has ever produced.

Special Edition Features

With metallic black paintwork and subtle satin black graphic decals, the Defender SVX will be available in both 90 soft-top and 90 station wagon versions. Distinctive exterior features have a contrasting silver finish, such as the unique 'Defender' and 'SVX' badges, tubular side-steps, and the bold surround for the front grille and new, clear-lens headlamps. All vehicles will also feature new, 'diamond turned' five-spoke alloy wheels, a reinforced aluminium front undershield and clear LED rear lights.

To bring the SVX interiors right up to date, they are equipped with custom-designed Recaro front seats, distinctive alloy gear knobs, a new audio system (with subwoofer and USB socket), iPod cradle and Garmin satellite navigation. The soft-top models are especially eye-catching, with a metallic silver tubular cage that supports a tailor-made, removable black fabric hood. This encloses a flat load-space and a spare wheel stowed behind the front seats, reminiscent of the very first open-top Land Rovers. Each SVX model for the UK will also come fitted with an individually numbered plaque, e.g. 001.

"The Defender SVX looks very different to a spartan 1948 Land Rover, but it's still an essentially practical vehicle that will enable you to go almost anywhere," says Phil Popham, Land Rover's managing director. "The new and much more refined diesel engine introduced earlier this year has been a great success with customers, and for those who want the ultimate Defender, we thought that the SVX special edition would be an ideal way to mark Land Rover's 60th birthday."

A total of 200 SVX vehicles will be made available in the UK – 140 two-seat Defender 90 soft-tops and 60 four-seat 90 station wagons. Production of the Defender SVX will start in spring 2008, with deliveries to customers starting from early summer for soft-tops and later in the summer for station wagons. Prices will be announced later in the year.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      All it is missing are winches, brush guards, an intake snorkel, and some lights on top.
      • 7 Years Ago
      aaahhh! It's so cute!
        • 7 Years Ago
        lol i was thinking the same thing
      • 7 Years Ago
      They must have purchased the rights from Suzuki to build the old Samurai with the Land Rover badge on it now.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Or maybe the Samurai traces its roots to the Rover, which is not all that different in appearance than the Series 1 from the 50's...
      • 7 Years Ago
      ""Im sorry but for 2007 this is a disaster!""

      not everyone wants a bloated bubble with a DVD entertainment system.
      • 7 Years Ago
      landrover should be ashamed

      the only REAL SVX, is a subaru
      • 7 Years Ago
      funny, everyone loved the Jeep JT concept.

      Where do you think that concept (and the International Scout, and the original Ford Bronco, etc..) came from?

      This thing was bombing around Africa, and down under, and everywhere else in the world for the last 60 years or so. I'd say that is torture testing the likes of which most vehicles never see.

      This isn't a "new" vehicle, it is a new comemorative edition of an OLD vehicle.

      If I needed something to get from here to there, without a road between them, a defender is a hard vehicle to beat.

      I do think the longer wheelbase defenders were a bit better looking, though. the 90 looks very short from bumper to bumper, but very tall.

      A well-thought out and practically customized defender would be a hard act to follow off road from just about anything short of a custom-fab rock crawling rig, similarly-kitted Jeep, or a Humvee. The military kind.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Dude- you know the first Land Rovers were built on surplus WWII JEEPs, right? Only some years later did they start building their own running gear.
        • 7 Years Ago
        they bomb around Africa because of the British occuptation, making them the easiest to buy and maintain (outside of blind brand loyalty).

        and the huge amount fo cargo they can carry for their wheelbases.

        As far as off-road capability goes, a Jeep Wrangler, Suzuki Samurai, FJ40, Hilux, Patrol, Early Bronco, all would have no trouble keeping up wih a Defender, if not outdo it.

        It's idiotic to try and compare a Defender to a HMMWV, but while you're at it, compare the Defender to a full blown rock crawler why dontchya.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great classic Land Rover look!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the 4WD you drive when the last thing on your mind is going to the shops or picking up the kids.

      Australian Army have been fans of these since the Mark I in the 1950's. Put on some khaki paint, chop the guards with a machette, so you dont have to worry about mud stuffing things up and away you go. If you are SAS, then you take even more stuff of them to loose weight.

      Best 4WD in production.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Joe- Look for under "Santana" its an obvious clone, thought by many to be much more reliable due to its simpler construction
        • 7 Years Ago
        ""80% of all defenders are still on the road, there is not a another car out there like it.""

        Sure there are.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love the Defender series. I wish they were still sold in the US
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is new? Yikes, Ford, dump em' while you can!
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's a defender! What do expect? In fact, for some hardcore Land Rover fans this special edition has gone to far.

        They shouldn't tough the exterior of the defender really. They only thing it need is the latest Range Rover's TDV8! Then it'll be a really special edition. Coz the 50th anniversary edition had a Rover 3.9L V8 fitted in.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What people are forgetting is that the SVX IIRC the first D90 soft top in 10 years. That is what makes it really cool.
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