Land Rover Defender Gets An LS3 V8 Upgrade From Fusion

We’re anxiously awaiting the return of the Land Rover Defender but, in the meantime, the Fusion Motor Company has taken the wraps off its new LS3 Corvette Powertrain Package for the iconic off-roader.

Recently installed on a Santorini Black Defender 110, the package includes a new 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine from General Motors. The engine is the same one used in the Corvette Stingray and it produces 430 hp (320 kW) which is 122 hp (90 kW) more than the Defender’s previous 3.9-liter powerplant.

As part of the transformation, the company has installed a GM-sourced six-speed automatic transmission and adapted it to mate with the Defender’s original transfer case. However, customers can also order an aftermarket Atlas transfer case and custom heavy-duty axles.

Besides the upgraded powertrain, this particular Defender has been outfitted with a new grille and 18-inch gloss black alloy wheels which are wrapped in Nitto Ridge Grappler all-terrain tires. The SUV also has LED headlights, a new front bumper and side steps.

Since this Defender is from 1991, its interior was given a modern makeover with two-tone leather upholstery and piano black accents. Fusion also installed a leather-wrapped steering, new carpeting, a suede headliner and a 7-inch Pioneer infotainment system with Apple CarPlay compatibility.

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  • TrevP

    Bad ass

    • Six_Tymes

      i agree, it really is.


  • eb110americana

    Actually, the 6.2L LS3 V8 crate motor is from the “base” C6 Corvette (LS2 originally from 2005, then LS3 in 2008). The C7 added the “Stingray” title to the base model again–but it uses the latest 6.2L LT1 V8 with 455-460 hp from such advances as direct injection and variable valve timing. Confusingly, the C4 Corvette used a 5.7L iron block engine also known as the LT1 starting with the 1992 model.

  • Another day, another Defender modifications. Next.

  • Grumpy

    Added to the long list of vehicals with ls conversions. Pics of the engine bay would have been nice. Always a praise when it looks factory.

    @status Hopefully that toaster got on the dyno yet.

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