Stage 1 v8In 1979, the Range RoverV8 engine and drive-line were fitted to the 109" to produce the "Stage 1". This combined the extra power of the Rover V8 with the load-space and indestructibility of the 109" long wheelbase Land Rover. The LT95 4-speed full-time 4WD was used, but the power output of the V8 was reduced slightly to match the 109" application. The grille had to be moved forward to fit the V8 into the engine bay, resulting in a vehicle that looks like a hybrid between the leaf-sprung 109" and the larger-engined Defender 90/110