• The Land Rover Defender Gets the full Manhart Treatment with 550 Horses and a Body Kit

  • German tuner Manhart has worked its magic on the new Land Rover Defender
  • Dubbed the DP500, the SUV has received several performance and styling upgrades
  • A five door 110 Defender forms the base for the upgrades
  • The lowered ride height and big rims means that the DP500 won't be as competent Off Road
  • The 3.0 liter in-line six is has been tuned to now produce 512 hp and 524 lb.ft
  • The improved power on the DP500 is packing as much power as Land Rover's 5.0 liter supercharged V8
  • The factory air-suspension has been optimized and the vehicle now sits lower by 30 millimeters
  • Manhart’s Forged 10x24 inch rims with a light gray finish sits on 295 section R24 tires
  • The spartan Interior on the stock Defender has also been given a makeover with leather and alcantara bits
  • A set of electrically powered Recaro Manhart ErgoMed front seats with heating and cooling look supremely comfortable
  • All rows of the DP500 have been given the full leather treatment
  • The Blacked Out Manhart P500 with its flared fenders certainly has a great stance.

Manhart just exercised the Land Rover Defender LR 110 P400 for more power

Since the mid-80s the Land Rover’s Defender’s name has stood for one of the most original and indestructible off-road vehicles in automotive history. Over the past 70 years, the model known solely by its brand name has only bee discreetly improved - until incompatibilities with pedestrian protection ultimately sealed its fate in early 2016.

Land Rover Defender DP500 by Manhart

The Land Rover Defender Gets the full Manhart Treatment with 550 Horses and a Body Kit
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Meanwhile, Land Rover introduced the much-hyped successor last year, which celebrates the history of its iconic ancestor with its distinctive design and first-class off-road capability. The SUV was a big success. Manhart Performance has now gone a step further with the Defender DP500. The German tuner wants to demonstrate that the new off-roader can also be a front-runner on the road as well. 

The most Off-Roadey of SUVs in Land Rover’s lineup has been heavily upgraded both mechanically and aesthetically. The emphasis on this Defender is now, ON-ROAD performance. So much so, in fact, that with the new upgrades, the car no longer appears to be all that competent off-road. 

The Land Rover Defender Gets the full Manhart Treatment with 550 Horses and a Body Kit
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The vehicle starts life as a Land Rover Defender P400 AWD in the long, five-door body version 110.

Thanks to turbocharging, the 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder gas engine produces 400 hp and 405 pound-feet (550 Nm) in the standard model the power seems adequate, but Manhart is ramping up the pace by remapping the engine control software of the Defender.


The remap boosts the engine’s power to an impressive 512 horsepower and 523 pound-feet (710 Nm,)
placing the car on par with the likes of the top model, which is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8.

The Land Rover Defender Gets the full Manhart Treatment with 550 Horses and a Body Kit
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The DP 500 will be far more dramatic with Manhart’s stainless steel exhaust system. It is currently still in the works and will be available with either carbon-coated or ceramic-coating.

Manhart may also provide a brake upgrade on request. In terms of the chassis, the factory air suspension has been optimized and the vehicle now sits lower by 30 millimeters. This is achieved either electronically or through the use of coupling rods.

Visually, the DP 500 looks especially good with its new wheelset, which includes Manhart’s Forged Line rims in 10x24 inch with a light gray finish and 295/30Z R24 section tires. There is also a smaller 10.5x22 inch Concave option with a black finish and gold trim strip on 295/40 section tires.

The Land Rover Defender Gets the full Manhart Treatment with 550 Horses and a Body Kit
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Further visual accents are set off by the masculine flared body-colored fenders which give the DP500 significantly broader shoulders compared to the Defender. Other exterior changes include a new engine cover and the decorative silver stripes which contrast rather well against the black bodywork.

Finally, Manhart refines the cabin with a high-quality leather/Alcantara interior with customizable accents. There is also a set of electrically powered Recaro Manhart ErgoMed front seats with heating and cooling for the driver and front passenger and integrated airbags.

To find out more about the DP500 head to Manhart’s Website

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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