Custom Land Rover Defender Convertible Has ‘Vette V8 Power, Whole Lotta Kit

East Coast Defender (ECD) has managed to grab our attention yet again with their latest creation. Project Desert Storm is a custom Land Rover Defender with a convertible body style and a multitude of upgrades.

Powering it is a Corvette-sourced 6.2-liter LS3 V8 hooked up to a 6-speed automatic transmission and fitted with a Borla exhaust system.

The tuner’s D90 SUV also features steel bumpers, a front winch, full-length side steps that facilitate ingress and egress, a steering guard, LED spotlights and protection against branches and other objects. It rides on a set of 20-inch alloy wheels, signed by Kahn as part of their Mondial Retro series, that are wrapped in all-terrain BFGoodrich tires, and also sports a lift kit.

Also Read: 2020 Land Rover Defender: What It’ll Look Like, Tech & Everything Else We Know

Inside, the Corris Grey-finished Defender can sit two at the front on the Puma Classic seats, and four at the back on the inward-facing jump seats. The red and black leather trim, with red stitching, dominates the cabin, and there’s also a Momo Prototipo steering wheel, in black leather with red stitching, and red gauges.

Elsewhere, occupants will keep themselves busy courtesy of the Sony infotainment and JL Audio sound system with a subwoofer. The wireless charging for compatible mobile devices, Wi-Fi, reversing camera, keyless entry, LED lighting and others are also part of the comprehensive upgrade package.

This is one of the most complete tuning jobs for the British SUV offered by ECD. It certainly beats the one they revealed only last month, named the Project Soho, which was also powered by a ‘Vette V8 and had a ton of gizmos as well, though it’s nowhere as impressive as the Desert Storm.

Can’t help but wonder what they will come up with next – if they do, that is, as one-upping this one will require something truly extraordinary.

more photos...
  • robotlogic

    430HP is just going to get this Defender driver in trouble.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQV Electric MPV Unveiled With 405 Km Range

The Mercedes EQV has a 150 kW electric motor that drives the front wheels and will premiere in Frankfurt.

Alfa Romeo Is Just 1.2s Off The Pace Of Leading F1 Teams

Alfa Romeo Racing is currently seventh in the standings, but within striking distance of Renault and Toro Rosso.

2020 SsangYong Korando Lands In UK With £19,995 Base Price

The all-new SsangYong Korando only offers 4WD with the 136 PS (134 hp) 1.6-liter turbo diesel.

Hyundai i30 N Project C Lightweight Special Rushing To Frankfurt

The Hyundai i30 N Project C will pack CFRP components, motorsport wheels, and a revised aero package.

Your Attention, Please: This Is The Dashboard Of The Porsche Taycan

The layout of the electric sports sedan takes lots of styling cues from the latest-gen 911, aka 992.

2020 Porsche Taycan Will Be Able To Stream Apple Music Wirelessly

Unlike other cars, Taycan owners won’t have to plug in their phone to get access to CarPlay.

Scan Every Inch Of Skoda’s 2020 Kamiq In Mega Gallery

The Kamiq has already gone on sale in several European markets, with a base price of €17,950 in Germany .

BMW’s New CEO Urges Employees To Chase Down Rivals

New CEO Oliver Zipse believes a positive spirit will create a more innovative company.

Ford Is Launching Its Very First Esports Team Dubbed ‘Fordzilla’

The global esports market will attract a global audience of 453.8 million this year, for an estimated revenue of $1.1 billion.

Chinese-Spec Buick Enclave Shows Up As A Shorter Five-Seater

Rumors suggest it could come to America with a different name and slot between the Envision and US-spec Enclave .