53 Bespoke Land Rover Defenders are to be created by a Modena-based design house, in collaboration with famed Land Rover tuner JE Motorworks. Read the full story below.
At the heart of the reimagined Defender is a 282bhp, 325lb ft Rover V8 with 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox, with upgraded driveshafts, differentials and a bespoke exhaust system. In addition to a two-inch suspension lift, bespoke wheels and off-roading kit like sidesteps, roofbars and winches have also been fitted.
The interior and exterior work, which renders the car almost unrecognisable on the inside from the Defender’s standard look, will be carried out in Modena, by Ares Design; the design house founded by former Formula 1 senior manager and Lotus boss, Dany Bahar.
The inside will be far more luxurious than the utilitarian original interior of the Defender, with the use of aluminium, carbon fibre, hand-crafted wood and the finest Italian leather throughout.
“Every aspect of the modification is critical to us. Mechanical engineering capability of this high standard is extremely hard to find but perhaps we could have guessed such a capability would be located close to the original home of the Defender,” said Bahar.
Jonathan Douglas, JE’s chief engineer, said: "We've been talking and developing ideas and designs with Ares for nearly a year. The brief was effectively what would a Jaguar Land Rover SVO (Special Vehicles Operations) version of the Land Rover Defender look like - and then improve on it.
Work has already begun on the first examples, although it’s not yet known when the first batch will be complete, or how much they will be sold for.