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Special Operations Land Rover Defender to send off current gen

October 21, 2014

Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Operations division is set to broaden its horizons with a new family of products. The first will reportedly be based on the humble Land Rover Defender heavy-duty 4×4.

Land Rover Defender XS

If you haven’t heard of the Special Operations division, it’s the company’s approach on in-house vehicle customisation, following a trend set by companies like Ferrari and McLaren. The idea is to offer customers a unique, tailor-made version of an existing product.

Over the last year we’ve seen the Jaguar F-Type-based Project 7, which will go into production, and more recently the Range Rover Sport SVR. Both of these showcase serious performance enhancements over the regular counterparts.

According to a recent Autocar report, the next vehicle on the agenda is the Defender. Special Operations boss John Edwards told the publication it will launch a special edition of the Defender next year to help send off the current generation.

It’s understood Special Operations will use its heritage department to create a unique model inspired by vehicles that compete in the Camel Trophy and the famous Paris-Dakar Rally. The model is likely to feature unique accessories and badges paying homage to its rugged heritage.

Special Operations may soon offer bespoke high-powered turbo-diesel engine option as well for various Jaguars and Land Rovers, and even four-wheel drive systems for certain Jaguars.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.