Ain’t Nothing Gonna Stop This LS3-Powered, Custom Land Rover Defender

The classic Land Rover Defender’s popularity in the second-hand market hasn’t gone by unnoticed by some tuners who continually churn out new builds. One of them is East Coast Defender (ECD) and their latest proposal is the so-called Project Neo.

Based on the Defender 110, the Vulkan Grey Pearl 4×4 has been fitted with an exoskeleton, rear window guards, steel bumpers, full-length side steps, underbody protection and a winch. The fender flares, Kahn Mondial Retro wheels, 20-inch in size, shod in 32-inch BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires and a few other features round up the changes made on the outside.

Also Read: All-New Land Rover Defender Launching In September, Deliveries Start In Early 2020

You’ll be even more impressed when stepping foot in the cabin, which has received two pairs of bucket seats, for the first and second rows, with heating and ventilation functions, and two forward-facing jump seats in the load area. The stock steering wheel has been replaced by a Momo unit, while there’s also a wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones, a JL Audio premium sound system complete with a subwoofer, reversing camera, custom gauges, rear air conditioning vents, keyless entry and a Viper alarm. Most touchable surfaces have been wrapped in black leather.

Pop the hood open and you will find a 6.2-liter, LS3 V8 engine. The Corvette-sourced power unit is rated at 565 hp and works in conjunction with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Other technical upgrades are the suspension lift kit, with Fox shocks and Old Man Emu springs, which have raised the ground clearance by 2 inches (5.1 cm), and a Borla exhaust system with double tailpipes.

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  • atomicbri

    Looking at this Defender, then seeing the spy photos of the new one, I don’t see how the new one will compare with the offroad ruggedness of the original one.

  • Ben

    These spiced up Defenders and HUMMER H1 models are great, but lets being honest they’re more of a dream than getting a GT2 RS. See, you could fathom driving a GT2 RS “daily”, but an H1 or Defender fully kitted out for the trail? Tough sell, we all know that would have to be a 2-3 car option at least and most people don’t have six figures to spend on a third car.

    • alex.remsen

      are you kidding? I see youtubers swapping new cars every month. this thing is expensive but demand will completely exceed supply

      • Ben

        Yes, the problem with social media is that it creates a reverb chamber. A few YouTubers going into massive debt or making poor financial decisions can make it seem like everybody is rich or will make the same decisions. Fact is, a smart YouTuber can write off a lot of the cost of the vehicle because it’s technically for work.

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