Land Rover Owner international magazine, March 2023 issue

Fastest Defender Td5 most powerful LRO magazine

by Land Rover Owner |

In this issue: THE FASTEST TD5 EVER!

Our cover star this month is quite simply the most powerful Td5 Defender that has ever been created. It’s a prototype by Alive Tuning that screws an incredible 310bhp and 473lb ft from the rugged old five-pot diesel. Alive calls it the GTB560, and the result is a seriously bonkers 0-60mph dash.

Read exactly how this GTB560 Td5 tuning package was created, and what other modifications this 90 is carrying, in our special feature.

Here’s what else we have in store in the March 2023 issue…

Land Rover Adventures

Part 23 of the LRO Adventure Trail reveals a wintery paradise of greenlanes that you can drive too, in the beautiful county of Kent. As always, we show you exactly where to find them, how to drive them and what to expect.

Further afield, veteran overlanders John Pearson and Bob Atkins share words and images from their latest epic adventure in Morocco. They’re led by a new Defender, but John’s ex-G4 Challenge Defender 110 is his steed of choice.

Featured Land Rovers

Once you’ve read all about Alive Tuning’s GTB560 Defender, turn to our investigation of a mighty Defender 130 overlander, complete with a pop-up roof and a 2.8-litre Tdi engine.

Our writers’ own tales this month involve gnarly rally exploits in Morocco with Helen’s 300Tdi Defender, and suspension issues already for John’s 2020 Defender.

Readers’ Land Rovers include a Scottish ex-pat’s Discovery 3 – the perfect companion for a new life in New Zealand. And in our classic section…

Classic LRO

In our section devoted to classic Land Rovers, LRO readers introduce their magnificent, one-owner-from-new Range Rover Classic, and a 200Tdi Series IIA 88in that still working hard on the farm.

In Roverphile, James Taylor reveals snippets of history relating to Land Rover VIN plates, Australian air-sprung Range Rover Classics, and a Series IIA bound for Alaska on enormous tyres.

But our star classic vehicle this month is a dazzling Series I breakdown truck restoration.

News and comment

Our March 2023 news pages reveal how 4x4 Response groups have been using Land Rovers to keep Britain moving during the winter weather. As always, you’ll find a list of upcoming Land Rover events, club outings, and LRO Adventure Club happenings, and our columnists this month are Mike Gould, Sam Watson, Vicky Turner.

Don’t miss our latest Price Guide for the latest market analysis, revised values for hundreds of different Land Rover models.


Our four-page Stuff section is crammed with the latest products to help you get the most out of Land Rover life. Among our Used and Abused product reviews this month are Devon 4x4’s Defender heavy-duty rear crossmember, and the beautifully named Uco Grilliput!


In our March 2023 issue you’ll learn precisely how to replace a TDV6 fuel pump – a common issue with the Discovery 3 – and how to upgrade your Defender 110’s rear dampers.

Our ‘Essentials’ guide compiles tips and techniques for protecting your Land Rover from theft, and Russ Brown shares his professional expertise about fitting electrical accessories. If you’re a wiring novice, or just not very experienced, this is guaranteed to boost your confidence.

As always, you’ll find a long compilation of technical questions answered by our team of workshop gurus: fixes for Series Land Rovers, Range Rovers, Discoverys, Freelanders and more…

Grab a copy before they run out!

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This discrete 90 is carrying a prototype tuning package that squeeze unprecedented power from the Td5!

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