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This Land Rover Defender From the ‘80s Has Been Completely Revamped

This Defender 110 now makes 500 horses from its V-8 engine, and comes with new axles, exhaust, and shocks

This Defender 110 now makes 500 horses from its V-8 engine, and comes with new axles, exhaust, and shocks

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The 20th century Land Rover Defenders are a hot commodity today. A lot of tuners and aftermarket companies undertake restomod operations and give the erstwhile model a modern twist. AutotopiaLA has uploaded a video of a project done by Fusion Motorsport wherein a 30-year old red Land Rover Defender went under the knife. It came out with fresh skin, a new look, and even a new heart. Neat job, huh?

Almost Every Part Under the Hood And The Skin Have Been Changed Or Upgraded

This Land Rover Defender From the ‘80s Has Been Completely Revamped
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The tuner also plonked in a Chevy Corvette’s 6.2-liter, V-8 LT1 engine under the hood.

The stock engine makes 460 horses and 465 pound-feet of torque, but this one was tuned to churn out around 500 horses.
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Power is sent to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It comes with new axles, transfer case, FOX shocks, and Stanley steel exhaust, amongst other things. The truck also features an oversized radiator and hydro-boost brakes on the discs. The chassis and front sway bar have been treated and upgraded too since this is a 30-year old Defender and everything was worn out.

There Are Many Carbon Fiber Elements Inside Out

On the outside, the truck comes with carbon fiber elements all around. The bumpers receive a Cerakote coating and all the lights are changed to LEDs. Even a roof light bar has been equipped here. This Defender rides on 20-inch Fuel wheels wrapped in 32-inch tires. Since the truck rides quite high, the tuner has also installed a power running board.

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This Defender 110 is sweet on the inside as well.

The stock seats are swapped in favor of Recaro racing seats and the vintage instrument cluster makes way for a Dakota digital cluster.

The center console was specially made for this example and it comes with cup holders and a wireless charger. It is composed of carbon fiber. A touchscreen infotainment system is also present and is mated to a JL audio system.

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The truck sounds great and seems have to have enough oomph to push you back in the seat. What are your thoughts on this restomod? Watch the video below and share them with us in the comments section.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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