What’s the story?
Limited editions: vehicles a manufacturer produces to generate a bit of demand before the new replacement arrives. Well, that may happen with most vehicles, but the Defender hasn’t seen a tail-off in demand since the end of UK production was announced - if anything, demand increased.
So, these models aren’t any old special editions - they’re celebrations of the Defender and its forefathers. Three versions make up the range: the Heritage, with its nods towards the very beginning of Land Rover’s history; the Adventure, accessorised to leave tarmac far behind; and the Autobiography, bringing Range Rover plushness to the Defender.
We managed to get hold of one of each - a Heritage 110, an Adventure 90 and an Autobiography 90 - to take on a green;aning trip round North Yorkshire, to find out whether they live up to the hype.
Our Favourite Bit?
This is about as tough a greenlane as I’d advise driving. The ground is still damp even after a long spell of dry weather and the tyres slip as they try to grip the ground. Ruts keep us in place and the axle cases touch the ground at points.
Trees to the side bear witness to over-exuberant drivers - softly is the way to go if you want to keep all your fillings intact and your body panels straight.
And the Verdict from Team LRO?
It’s impossible not to love the Heritage; it’s unthreatening. It is the very essence of a heroic Land Rover. The Adventure model was a pleasant surprise - much better than it appeared to be on paper but the Autobiography isn’t quite refined enough to warrant the price difference.
However, these precious Defenders have shown they haven’t lost their greenlane ability and, perhaps more importantly, that Land Rover has got these editions almost spot-on. Three fitting celebrations to one great vehicle.
The full story can be found in the November 2015 issue of LRO. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.