Deliveries of bespoke Land Rover Defenders created by a Modena-based Ares Design have commenced, leading the company's CEO Dany Bahar to declare that the "ultimate Defender" is now here.
“The Defender is a motoring icon,” said Bahar, a former Formula 1 senior manager and Lotus boss. “Icons can be reimagined, though, and our Defender is the ultimate incarnation of the bespoke 4x4, delivering incredible performance, captivating looks and opulent touches more akin to a luxury SUV."
Bahar claims Ares "hasn't forgotten that owning a Defender is about the drive: off or on-road", so his company's new model, of which just 53 examples are due to be made, enhances the traits that made Land Rover's model famous in the first place.
Developed in collaboration with famed Land Rover tuner JE Motorworks, the reimagined Defender uses a 282bhp, 325lb ft Rover V8 with a six-speed semi-automatic gearbox, upgraded driveshafts, differentials and a bespoke exhaust system.