Don’t Look Now, But Mitsubishi’s Got Its Own Personalization Division
The SVP department is in charge of building beauties like the Barbarianby Kirby, on
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.
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.
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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