The SVP department is in charge of building beauties like the Barbarian

Ferrari, McLaren, Lamborghini, and Mitsubishi. These automakers and a whole bunch of others have something in common that extend beyond building products with four wheels on them. These companies have their own personalization departments. In the case of Mitsubishi, its back-room variety division is called the Special Vehicle Projects (SVP). It’s responsible for a number of custom Mitsubishis, including its newest creation, the Barbarian SVP II. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know Mitsubishi had a personalization division. Most of us were none the wiser.

Don't Look Now, But Mitsubishi's Got Its Own Personalization Division Exterior
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The paint job is one of the highlight works of SVP, but the Barbarian SVP II is more than just about the eye-catching colors

A Mitsubishi L200 pickup hides underneath that two-paint finish that matches splashes of orange trim with either a Pearlescent Diamond Black or Metallic Atlantic Grey paint finish. The paint job is one of the highlight works of SVP, but the Barbarian SVP II is more than just about the eye-catching colors. In addition to the standard equipment the SUV already comes with, SVP also rolled out a laundry list of new equipment and styling details that make for a well-suited and heavily personalized pickup.

On the aesthetic front, the Barbarian II gets a new SVP grille with a mixture of the pickup’s body paint and the accompanying orange trim. It also has roof rails that are also finished in the can’t-miss orange hue. New fog lamp rings are also included, same with the front and rear light bezels, door handle recess covers, puddle lamps, and a tailgate handle surround. Would you be shocked if I told you that all these elements are also finished in orange? If those aren’t enough to give you orange withdrawal, turn your attention to the 17-inch wheels. They’re finished in black and, you guessed it, orange. Mercifully, the set of BF Goodrich all-terrain cars weren’t dipped in orange, so that’s a break from the fancy color.

Don't Look Now, But Mitsubishi's Got Its Own Personalization Division Interior
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Move inside, and there’s also a lot of orange in the cabin. The color treatment acts as an accent to the six-pack leather seats and the suede-like Alston interests

Move inside, and there’s also a lot of orange in the cabin. The color treatment acts as an accent to the six-pack leather seats and the suede-like Alston interests. Even the floor mats generously feature orange trim, as do the SVP badges, which are stitched into the seats.

As attention-grabbing as the aesthetics are, the Barbarian II also gets a good amount of tech features, most of which come as standard equipment. The Mitsubishi Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA) system is among them. Rain and dusk sensors, keyless go, Bluetooth, bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED day running lights, cruise control, and a reversing camera are also included in the package.

Powering the Barbarian II is a 2.4-liter all-aluminum turbodiesel engine that can be mated to either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. As expected, it also features selective drive system that switches between two-wheel and four-wheel drive at speeds of up to 62 mph on all surfaces.

Overall, the Barbarian II is a promising creation from Mitsubishi’s SVP unit. It may not get as much publicity as some of the other personalized works from other automakers, but it does make a statement in many ways. Unfortunately, none of the 250 units will ever make their way to the U.S. as availability is exclusive to the U.K. market. For those who are still interested in the price, the Barbarian SVP II carries a starting price of £29,830, which converts to around $42,000 based on current exchange rates.

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Mitsubishi Motors in the UK is adding even more style and purpose to the multi award-winning Mitsubishi L200 with the unveiling of the new special edition Barbarian SVP II – the second vehicle to be produced by its SVP (Special Vehicle Projects) division.

The Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP II builds on the success of the original limited edition SVP version and, like its predecessor, is instantly recognisable with a striking two-tone colour scheme and significant appearance changes to the exterior and interior.

Only 250 will be produced with half available in pearlescent Diamond Black and the other half in metallic Atlantic Grey. Details on either are picked out in orange to provide a striking contrast, ensuring the Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP II stands out from the crowd in terms of road presence as well as exclusivity.

On top of the generous standard specification of the Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian Double Cab, the new special edition adds a host of eye-catching extras. On the outside, the pickup features 17-inch bespoke black and orange alloy wheels with BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres, covered by aggressive wheel arch extensions, together with a new SVP grille and roof rails, both of which are also finished in black and orange.

The fog lamp rings, front and rear light bezels, door handle recess covers, puddle lamps and tailgate handle surround are all picked out in orange. SVP tailgate badging, a colour-coded bumper and shark fin-inspired black side steps complete the distinctive look, while for added convenience there are the additions of load bed illumination and a spring-assisted tailgate with soft-opening damper.

The special colour scheme is carried over into the interior, the Barbarian-inspired ‘six-pack’ leather seats with suede-like ‘Alston’ inserts having orange accented panelling, stitching and piping. Each SVP II’s individual limited edition number, plus the SVP logo, is stitched into the headrests and there’s also a unique ‘SVP’ embossed mat set with orange piping. The distinctive theme continues with orange illuminated door entry guards and front and rear foot-well mood lighting.

Standard equipment of the Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP II includes the Mitsubishi Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA) system, which allows users to connect to apps or other features of their Apple or Android smartphone through the touchscreen or via voice control*; rain and dusk sensors, keyless operation, Bluetooth, Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, cruise control and reversing camera.

Power is provided by an all-aluminium 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine, while the rotary-dial controlled Super Select 4WD system, which allows drivers to seamlessly switch between two- and four-wheel drive at speeds of up to 62 mph on all surfaces, can be combined with a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel paddle shifters.

The Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP II is available to order now, with the first deliveries commencing in May, and is priced from £29,830 (excluding VAT) for both grey and black versions.

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