Defender 90 Mudding in Brazil

Defender 90 Black Belt in the Land Rover Brazil 2014 Offroad track!

Pre-event test. First, pass of the deep hole with the Defender 90 Black Belt.It’s massively capable off the road but the Land Rover Defender is dated. Far adrift of modern 4x4s in most other areas.

The mighty Land Rover Defender is a British motoring legend with few equals. Only the original Mini can really challenge its place in the hearts of the population. The design has remained largely unchanged since it was launched well over 60 years ago.

As it’s due to be replaced by an all-new model in 2016, Land Rover has released three special editions – the Heritage, Autobiography and Adventure – all built in limited numbers and to celebrate the end of production. The Heritage is colored and trimmed to reference the very first Defender 90. Known affectionately as Huey, the Autobiography is the most luxurious Defender 90 ever made. The Adventure is fitted with endless off road options to make it rugged on the outside, but plush on the inside.

Despite its age, the Defender 90 is still unbelievably capable off-road. Given its age but the Land Rover Defender is massively outclassed by modern transport in terms of its general abilities. Its mud-plugging prowess can’t mask the fact that the Defender 90 is incredibly uncomfortable on tarmac as well as very noisy. What’s more, the Defender’s trusty 2.2-liter engine feels dated now. It returns only 25-28mpg and its emissions range from 266g/km of CO2 to 295g/km making the Land Rover Defender expensive to tax.

The Land Rover Defender is available in a wide range of body styles, the most popular of which are the short-wheelbase 90 model and the long-wheelbase 110 variant. There is also a Defender van, as well as the enormous 130 double cab pickup truck. As well as special editions, which include the X-Tech model and the three run-out edition mentioned above.

The Land Rover Defender X-Tech gets a trendy body kit, plus special edition alloy wheels and a range of colors. On the inside, it also received non-standard Defender 90 options such as air-conditioning, a heated windscreen and electric windows. For what it lacks in refinement and on-road enjoyment, there’s absolutely nothing that can touch the Land Rover Defender. It has an incredibly solid chassis, high ground clearance, amazing axle articulation and four-wheel drive with low range gearing. This means it can cope with almost anything the elements throw at it.

The Defender 90 is a true Multi-Purpose Vehicle, though not in the user-friendly sense that we associate with modern MPVs. The three wheelbases (the short-wheelbase 90, the long-wheelbase 110 and the 130 pick-up truck) are available with a range of 14 body styles, which also include a convertible.

Defenders buyers can choose between two and seven seats – all of which get a huge amount of boot space and a hose-down floor. While it may not be glamorous, it’s incredibly useful if you need a workhorse. That’s really what the Defender 90 is all about.

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