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Land Rover 90/110/127 or Defender 90/110/130

US D-90


Years: 1983-present day
Numbers Built: approx. 266,000

    Petrol: 2.5 L, 4 cyl (1983-present)
    Petrol: 3528 cc, 91 bhp @3500 rpm, 166 lb-ft @2000 rpm, V8 (1983-present)
    Petrol: 3.9 L, V8 (1993-1995 US spec Defenders)
    Diesel: 2.5 L naturally aspirated, 4 cyl (1983-present)
    Diesel: 2.5 L turbo, 4 cyl (until 1990)
    Diesel: 200 Tdi turbo intercooled, 2495cc, 111bhp @4000rpm, 195 lb-ft @1,800 rpm, 4 cyl (1990-1994)
    Diesel: 2.5 L 300 Tdi turbo intercooled, 4 cyl (1995-present)
    90: 3700 to 3950 lbs
    US D90 (Basic): 3880
    110: 4150 to 4520 lbs
    US D110: 4848 lbs
    127/130: 4590 lbs
Distinguising Features: grill flush with wings; plastic, slatted grill; headlights recessed and in the wings; one piece windshield; eyebrows (asa wheel arch extenders); steering arm connteced to the middle of the swivel pin assembly; bulged sides; square doors.
  • 110 and 130 are just long wheelbase versions of the 90. Pre 1988 Land Rovers had galvanized bumpers. 1988 and later Land Rovers and Defenders had black powder coated bumpers. 1983-1989 Land Rovers have a sign just above the grill and below the bonnet (hood) that reads "Land Rover" and it's wheel base (ie "Land Rover 110"). 1990 Land Rovers have signs in the same place that just list it's wheel base (ie "110"). From 1991 to the present the sign reads "Defender".
  • In Autumn 1990 the name of these models were changed from Land Rover to Defender.
Production Data:
  • Unfortunately, no data giving the breakup between 90, 110 and 127/130 models exists
  • Sales data is given when production data is unkwown
    1983: 7,000
    1984: 21,562
    1985: 28,046
    1986: 19,195
    1987: 20,475
    1988: 22,229
    1989: 22,738
    1990: 21,363
    1991: 19,480 (sales)
    1992: 17,564 (sales)
    1993: 19,375 (sales)
    1994: 21,091
    1995: 26,000 (approx)

1993 US/Canada Defender 110

Standard Vehicle Features

  • Limited Edition number plaque
  • Air Conditioning
  • Front brush bar
  • Rear bumper with integral step and Class III towing receiver
  • Full Carpeting
  • Lockable cubby box
  • AM/FM radio/cassette with four speakers
  • Auto-dimming readview mirror
  • Side runners
  • Heated front windshield
  • Heated rear window
  • Alpine rood windows
  • High mounted center brake light
  • Safari cage with integral luggage bars
  • Detachable roof rack with rear ladder
  • Seating Capacity: Nine (2 + 3 + [2 + 2] )
  • Color: Alpine White with grey hound's-tooth Moorland cloth interior
  • Optional power winch availible


  • 14 guage steel boxed "ladder" design frame, Aluminum body (with steel scuttle) bolted directly to chassis frame.
  • 3.9 Liter V8 Engine
    3947 cc 8 cylinder
    Cast aluminum alloy cylinder heads and block; dry steel cylinder liners
    Bore: 93.98mm (3.7in), Stroke: 71.12mm (2.8in), Compression ratio 9.35:1
    Max. Power (SAE net) : 180 bhp @ 4750 rpm
    Max. Torque: 227 ft-lb.) @ 3250 rpm
  • Transmission: Maunel, synchromesh five-speed
  • Transfer Gearbox: Permanent four-wheel drive, two-speed with manuel locking center differential

Towing (all models)

  • Unbraked Trailer (On or Off Road): 1650lb (750 kg)
  • Trailer with Brakes:
    • Off-Road: 2200lb (1000 kg)
    • On-Road (low range): 7700lb (3500 kg)
    • On-Road (high range): 5000lb (2275 kg)


  • Approch Angle: 50 (degrees)
  • Departure Angle: 26 (degrees)
  • Wading Depth: 20 inches
  • Maximum gradient: 45 degrees (all vehicles)


  • Front: Coil springs, beam axle located by radius arms and Panhard Rod
  • Rear: Coil springe, beam axle located by trailing links and central 'A' frame with ride-leveling unit, anti-sway bar


  • Front: Spiral bevel, enclosed constant-velocity joints, fully-floating hubs
  • Rear: Spiral beval, fully floating hubs
  • Ratio: Front and Rear: 3.54:1


  • Front: Discs with 4 piston calipers, 11.75in/299mm disc diameter
  • Front: Drums with wheel cylinder, 11in/280mm drum diameter

Fuel Tank

20.4 US Gallons/77.2 Liters


Power assisted worm and roller design, 4 turns lock to lock


  • Estimated Curb Weight: 4848lbs/2200kg
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR): 6504lbs/2950kg


  • Overall length: 181.1in/4599mm
  • Overall height (without rack): 81.3in/2065mm
  • Overall height (with rack): 90.0in/2286mm
  • Overall Width: 70.5in/1790mm
  • Wheelbase: 110.0 in/2794mm
  • Track front and rear: 58.5 in/1486mm
  • Ground clearance under differentail: 8.5 in/215mm

    1995 US/Canada Defender 90 Station Wagon

    Photos of the D90 SW

    Standard Vehicle Features

    • 3.9-liter, 182hp, V8 Permanent four-wheel drive Four-wheel coil spring suspension Four-wheel power assisted disc brakes Weather-resistant twill-effect colth reclining bucket seats in Ash Grey Rubber floor mats (front and rear) Premium AM/FM stereo cassette audio system with four weather-resistant speakers Lockable radio security/weather protection cover Swing-away rear mounted spare tire Full instrumentation including tachometer Integral Class III trailer tow hitch receiver Flexible black wheel flares
    • Defender 90 heritage plaque


    • 14 guage steel boxed "ladder" design frame, Aluminum body bolted directly to chassis frame.


4.0 liter, 182 hp, 232 lb-ft torque MFI aluminum V-8 engine

Type: V8 OHV, cast aluminum alloy cylinder heads and block; dry steel cylinder liners
Displacement: 241 cu inches (3947cc)
Bore and Stroke: 3.7in x 2.8in (93.98mm x 71.12mm)
Compression Ratio: 9.35:1
Maximum Power: 182 bhp @ 4750 rpm
Maximum Torque: 232 lb-ft @ 3100 rpm


    Manual, synchromesh, five-speed manual

Transfer Gearbox

    Permanent four-wheel drive, two-speed transfer gearbox with manually locking center differential


    • Coil springs, radius arms and Panhard rod, anti-sway bar.
    • Coil springs, lower links, "A" frame, loction arms, anti-sway bar


    Front: Spiral bevel differential, enclosed constant-velocity joints, fully-floating hubs
    Rear: Hypoid, fully floating hubs
    Ratio: Front and Rear: 3.54:1
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