The Road less traveled is so much more enjoyable when experienced in cars that were built for just that.
To be honest, I was never a Landy man, always thinking they were slow, obnoxious cars driven by yuppies who have nothing better to do with their money. Oh, how wrong I was. Everything about them screams character. Thanks to my friend and fellow Landy enthusiast, I have learnt to appreciate the slow lane and enjoy the benefits these machines offer. We have travelled over 20 000 KM across SA using these two Defenders and I can assure you, we are only getting started.
Below, you will find a little bit about the cars as well as some pics.
Eddies Defender 90 2.8I
Land Rover South Africa offered a unique Defender during the period the group was owned by BMW. Between 1997 and 2001, the Defender 90 and 110 were offered with a BMW petrol engine alongside the normal Tdi engine. The engine was the BMW M52 2793 cc, straight-six, 24-valve engine as found in the BMW 328i, 528i, 728i, and the Z3. Power and torque output for this engine was 143 kW @ 5300 rpm and 280 Nm @ 3950 rpm. This option was offered due to a demand for a petrol-driven alternative to the diesel engine after production of the V8 Defender had ended. The vehicles were built at Rosslyn outside Pretoria. Total production for the 2.8i was 632 Defender 90s and 410 Defender 110s – Wikipedia
Motor: BMW M52 2.8I
Power: 143 Kw
Torque: 280 Nm
Extra’s: Long Range Fuel Tank, Upgraded Suspension
Tyres: Bridgestone Dueler A/T
Warren’s Defender 90 2.5 TD5
In 1998, the Defender was fitted with an all-new 2.5-litre, five-cylinder in-line turbodiesel engine, badged the Td5. The Tdi could not meet upcoming Euro III emissions regulations so the Td5 replaced the Tdi as the only available power unit. The engine used electronic control systems and produced 91 kW @ 4850 rpm, 8 kW more than the Tdi, with improved refinement – Wkikipedia
Motor: Land Rover 2.5 TD5
Power: 90 Kw
Torque: 310 Nm
Extra’s: Long Range Fuel Tank, Upgraded Suspension, all round recovery points, Burnco front bumper, Puma Jump Seats
Tyres: BF Goodrich A/T