An Unstoppable Force. The Land Rover Defender takes two top honours at the recent TopGear.com Awards.
Fending off a host of competition since its launch 12 months ago, the Land Rover Defender has been recognised twice over as Top Gear's Car of the Year and with the Unstoppable Force award.
To celebrate these awards in traditional Land Rover style, the brand teamed up with Top Gear to put the Defenders durability to the test by suspending three of them from a crane.
Proving the Defender is an unstoppable force.
Land Rover and Top Gear developed this strength test to prove how tough and durable the Defender really is. The test itself took place at their testing site in Gaydon, Warwickshire where the team hung three Defender 110's, each featuring the optional Adventure Pack, through their towing eyes. Each Defender was subjected to over eight tonnes of pressure.
Top Gear's Tom Ford said: "We wanted to prove that Land Rover's new Defender really does live up to the hype and had to test it in typical Top Gear fashion. What better way to let me loose with a 150 tonne crane, three Defenders and a rope?"
What makes the Defender so special?
Judges praised the Defender for its toughness, durability and practicality.
Top Gear's Jack Rix said, "Car of the Year is an accolade won by only the very best of the best. We recognise that replacing an icon is an unenviable task, and one Land Rover rightly took its time to get right. We've now driven one across the Namibian desert - and in properly harsh environments, like the M25 - in both 110 and 90 forms, with every engine under the bonnet and it just performs brilliantly everywhere. There's an argument that because it costs a bit more it won't be used properly by the farming and rural community, but that doesn't mean it couldn't be... It's the toughest, most capable off-roader we've ever tested, but one that's a refined, well-equipped family car around town."
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