Original Defender 110 coming back with supercharged V8 and air conditioning

Land Rover and Bowler announce licensing agreement

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Bowler Defender 110
New versions of the original Land Rover Defender 110 will come with modern touches such as air conditioning | Land Rover SVO/Bowler Motors photos

British all-terrain performance-vehicle producer has secured a licensing agreement with Land Rover to build modern versions of the original Defender 110 station wagon. 

Operating under the codename “CSP 575,” Bowler and Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations will co-develop the vehicles to be built on Bowler’s steel chassis and powered by Land Rover’s 575-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. The vehicles will seat 4 occupants and offer such creature comforts as air conditioning, the partners said in their announcement.

Pricing for the new Defender 110 will start at £200,000 ($262,000). The first vehicles are planned for 2021 delivery.

Bowler was founded in 1985 and recently has been working with Land Rover SVO on vehicle and parts development. 

For more information, visit the Bowler Motors website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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