Vengeance Volante by Kahn Keeps the Iconic Aston Martin DB9 Alive
Established in 1998, British tuner Kahn Design has made a name for itself by modifying Land Rover vehicles almost exclusively. However, the firm also modified various other models in recent years, including Jeep, Porsche, and even Maybach. Kahn is also part of the Ant-Kahn project, which builds sports cars inspired by designs from the 1960s. More recently, the British tuner launched its first official Aston Martin-based project, the Vengeance WB12. Essentially a widebody version of the DB9. At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Kahn unveiled the Volante variant.
As the name suggests – assuming you’re familiar with Aston Martin’s naming strategy – Volante stands for the convertible. So we’re basically looking at a chopped off Vengeance, but that’s not to say that the Volante isn’t on the spectacular side. Significantly wider than the standard DB9, it also boasts radical modifications front and rear. The front fascia has a completely new bumper with a wider grille and reshaped side intakes, while the rear sports a carbon-fiber diffuser, a trunk lid spoiler, and round taillights inspired by vintage sports cars from the 1960s. On top of that, it’s wrapped in an attractive light blue color complemented by multi-spoke, black wheels.
Inside, there’s handcrafted black leather on all seats and custom door panels. The red stripes on the center console and stack add o splash of color to the black cabin, while the steering wheel is wrapped entirely in Alcantara.
Much like the coupe, the Volante comes with the DB9’s standard drivetrain, meaning the car gets its juice from a 6.0-liter V-12 engine rated at 503 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. In standard guise, the DB9 needs around 4.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, to go with a top speed of 183 mph. There’s no word on pricing, but expect to pay around 50 percent above the DB9 Volante. Production will be limited to just a few units, likely no more than 20.
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If you think back to the Geneva Motor Show last march, you’ll remember a 6x6 Defender built by Kahn Design and branded as the Flying Huntsman. The truck itself, in a single cab configuration, was built off of the Flying Huntsman 105 Longnose Defender – called the Longnose because it front end had to be lengthened by 15.7 inches to accommodate the 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 sourced from none other than GM.
That Flying Huntsman 110 WB 6x6 Concept featured a third axle that stretched the rear out by another 31.5 inches. Being so stretched out, the 110 6x6 looked a little awkward, but it really wasn’t that bad. Nevertheless, Kahn Design figured there was room for yet another Flying Huntsman in its stable, and has now created the 110 6x6 Defender Double Cab Pickup. That’s right, now that same 110 can be had with four doors up front. We first saw it at the LRO show in November, and will be produced at the rate of 20 per year.
The 110 WB 6x6 Defender Double Cab will be offered with a manual or automatic transmission, as well as a number of different engines. Price points vary depending on configuration, but the base model starts out at £120,000, or roughly $180,000, and features a 2.2-liter diesel and six-speed manual transmission. It should be noted the £120,000 price tag is quite a bit cheaper than the single cab 6x6 we saw earlier this year. Now that all of that is out in the open, let’s take a deeper look and see if this Flying Huntsman lives up to what we expect from Kahn Design.
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British design firm Kahn Design is one of the best Land Rover modifiers in the business. That’s not an opinion as it is a fact. Time and again, Kahn releases new programs for Land Rover SUVs, sometimes to the point of even saturating its portfolio with the amount of projects it builds. It’s latest work, though, is a real treat, especially for fans of the Defender.
The program is called the Chelsea Defender and as you can expect, Kahn Design put in serious work to refine it. The end result really speaks for itself. The Defender looks absolutely gorgeous, a far departure from its traditional utilitarian look that doesn’t really do much to excite our senses.
This work brings out the eyes of the Defender, so to speak. It’s a comprehensive project, too, which is a bit surprising considering that Kahn usually reserves its modifications for the interior. So imagine our surprise when we saw a modified exterior look on the Defender, highlighted by a Nara Bronze paint finish with LED diamond bright lights.
It’s another impressive project by Kahn Design. At this point, you really expect nothing less from Kahn.
Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Defender By Kahn Design.
The Range Rover Evoque may not be as imposing as the Sport or the Discovery in its bone-stock form, but take the small SUV over to Kahn Design and you’ll be driving completely new vehicle once it leaves the shop. Just take a look at the Black Label Edition the Brits launched for the 2013 model year to have a better taste of their craftsmanship.
Sure, the Black Label Edition and its triple-black suit is a tad sober for the Evoque’s shape and purpose, but there’s more than one way to skin a cat in Kahn’s workshop. For instance, the company’s most recent attempt at enhancing the Evoque showcases a sportier approach that brings together weight reducing strategies and a flamboyant look.
Cutting weight is achieved with help from a new set of carbon composite bumpers that shave a few pounds off the compact crossover that now carries a Volcanic Grey wrap. Complementing the new exterior color are a number of matte black body parts, including a trunk spoiler lip, a sump guard, a rear diffuser, and the side vents mounted on the front fenders.
As with most Kahn-badged Range Rovers, the Evoque RS Sport also benefits from a 3D mesh front grille, LED daytime running lights, an extended upper roof wing, and a stainless steel exhaust system.
Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque RS Sport By Kahn Design.
Kahn Design prepares to end the year in style, with a new design based on an Audi. It looks like the company decided to drop its usual preference to Land Rover models, and decided to do something special for its final release for 2013.
The kit prepared by Kahn Design is based on the Q5 with the 2.0-liter TDI engine that delivers a total of 170 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. As usual, the design firm left all the bits under the hood in their stock form, but the 170 horses from the factory four-pot engine enough for such a tiny SUV.
Instead, Kahn focused on upgrading the exterior and the interior look of this petite SUV, plus it installed a new set of wheels combined with a new suspension system for enhanced handling. There is also a new quad exhaust system made in stainless-steel, which will make the diesel engine sound a little bit better.
Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Q5 S-Tronic Wide Track by Kahn Design.
Kahn Design again pulls out all the stops with its latest Land Rover Discovery. Equipped with the twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter, V-6 diesel and a whole host of upgrades, this Discovery is truly unique. Another made-to-order example of Kahn perfection.
Outside the seven-passenger SUV, Kahn has added an aggressive aero package that includes a 3D mesh grille, beautiful gun-metal grey 22-inch wheels, vented front and rear air dams, stainless steel entry sill plates, and brake calipers finished in liquid red. LED light strips and privacy glass finish off the look.
As with each Kahn creation, the interior receives a great deal of attention. The plain Land Rover seats are gone. In their place are these exquisitely quilted and perforated leather seats for all seven passengers. The same leather treatment is given to each door’s armrest and atop the dashboard gauge cluster.
Swarovski diamonds encompass the center clock bezel while diamond-quilted leather covers the glove box. Vented aluminum brake and gas pedals ride above the unique floor mats, while a colored rpm gauge keeps close tabs on the 3.0-liter diesels spins per minute.
Even with all the modifications, the Discovery 4 still retains all those legendary Land Rover go-anywhere capabilities. Land Rover’s Terrain Response system includes five different settings for challenging obstacles and harsh climates. The four-corner air suspension provides a sporty ride while hitting the pavement and can be raised for tackling tougher territory.
Overall, the Kahn Design Discovery 4 offers enough style and bespoke luxury to suit those with finer tastes, as each vehicle is custom built for each buyer.
Click past the jump for more pictures and info on the Land Rover Discovery 4
Perfection is the name of the game with Kahn Design, and its latest creation is no exception. This beautiful Audi Q3 2.0 is a wonderful blend of performance and ruggedness, with a few custom touches that make it worth a head turn.
Starting with an Audi Q3, Kahn works its usual magic both inside and outside the all-wheel-drive crossover. The minimalist changes are a reflection of what the Q3’s owner and Kahn Design collaborated together to create.
The majority of changes have taken place inside the Q3, with the beautifully stitched, quilted and perforated seats to go along with red-faced instrument gauges. Outside, 20-inch RS-XF wheels in silver platinum are wrapped in 255/45R20 performance rubber with painted brake calipers shining through.
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Kahn Design just launched a hot body upgrade for the diesel Porsche Cayenne, bringing some of its chic mods to a truck besides the Range Rovers that are its bread and butter.
Kahn favors a huge revamp outside and in. The exterior and the interior look of the Cayenne were updated, but the base 3.0-liter, V-6 diesel is quite enough. It delivers a total of 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, while delivering range and tax options to people without the Turbo S.
The exterior look however, is deeply revised and transforms even the Cayenne Diesel into a mean and powerful SUV.
New sports lowered suspension springs bring the car closer to be road, while the privacy glass ensures a the best privacy behind the wheel. Numerous Kahn logos placed on the wing shields and tailgate remind you this is no ordinary Cayenne.
Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Cayenne Super Sport Wide Track by Kahn Design.
When debating Land Rover models, the Range Rover Evoque is our second favorite after the Range Rover Sport, of course. Apparently we are not the only ones with this particular interest in the British SUVs. Kahn Design also developed quite a passion for the Land Rover models, with most of its designs being based on various Range Rovers.
As we close out another Thursday, Kahn provides us with yet another wonderful Range Rover update, but this time, the design firm opted to customize the Evoque. And this Evoque is all about the color black. Everyone knows that black is the color of elegance, so the new Black Label kit transforms the Evoque into one classy rig.
Khan is typically all about the look and feel and doesn’t spend much time tinkering under the hood, and the Black Label is no exception, leaving the 240-horsepower, in-line four-cylinder engine unchaged.
Click past the jump to read more about the Range Rover Evoque Black Label Edition by Kahn Design.
AS each week closes out, Mo and the folks at KAhn design roll out another fine example of the designer’s customization skills. This time, Kahn based its upgrade on the Land Rover Defender, and Kahn describes it as "a unique interpretation of an iconic vehicle." We couldn’t agree more.
As per usual with Kahn, the new Chelsea Wide Track package includes only exterior and interior updates, and the Defender is a good canvas for this, since it has never been about speed or power. Kahn took to task updating the look of the rugged Defender, and to enhancing its notorious off-road capabilities.
For this, Kahn added in a new aerodynamic kit with new front and rear wings, hood and side vents with mesh stainless steel, stainless-steel mesh for the front grilles,military-style headlights, and Kahn badges on the wing and tailgate.IT’s subtle, but it manages to give the rugged defender a refined look; kind of like putting an unshaven Clint Eastwood in a Armani suit.
Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Defender Chelsea Wide Track by Kahn Design.
Kahn Design is at it again with a blacked-out 2013 Range Rover Vogue available as a complete model in the U.K. for the equivalent of about $115,000. It takes a bold vision to strip away the Range Rover’s iconic hood letters in favor of your own design firm, so how does Kahn Design add value to what is already the Rolls-Royce Phantom of SUVs?
This is a look-good design pack consisting of gorgeous alloy wheels, liquid gold-painted brake calipers and satin-matte-black exterior accents all around. Inside, things are much more conservative, with perforated leather in thatched bulges over piano black trim.
Compared with the hideous previous monochrome packages that celebs have driven over the years, this version is pretty conservative and quite stylish. The Kahn Design plan is far more popular on off-roaders versus the other celeb and ’footballer’ ride of choice: the Bentley Continental GT.
Among these ‘super smart’ individuals, value is much more about being unique and of the moment. If buying a brand new car to their exact modified spec is faster but a bit more expensive, Kahn is only savvy to oblige their whims.
Click past the jump for the full review of the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Vogue Signature by Kahn Design.
In addition to owning one of the most recognized aftermarket companies in the world in Kahn Design, businessman Afzal Kahn also has a pretty fabulous collection of exotics to call his own.
Recently, though, Kahn made headlines, not because of any new supercar purchase or a new program for the multitude of vehicles that go through Kahn Design. Instead, he’s in the news because he apparently turned down a $9.4 million offer to buy his “F1”numbered license plate, which was first registered to a Panhard Levassor — a 15-horsepower, four-door car — in 1904.
Remove yourselves from the ridiculousness of buying a license plate for almost $10 million and you’ll probably realize that the “F1” plates aren’t your typical plates to begin with. For one, the Daily Mail reports that it’s been in circulation for 109 years, far longer than most automakers in existence today!
Second, it really does cost a figurative trip to the moon. Back in 2008, Kahn purchased the plates for a staggering$880,000, a figure that a lot of people scoffed at when he made the purchase five years ago at a charity auction.
Well, look who’s scoffing now.
Kahn, of course, turned down the staggering offer, opting to keep the license plates to himself because he believed it’s worth a lot more than the offered amount, plus he’s known as quite the Formula One racing fane. How much more? Who knows, really, but the fact that he wouldn’t even entertain the idea of splitting with the plate number goes to show how valuable he thinks they are. And for good reason, too, because according to a spokesman for Kahn Design, “the interest on this plate is enormous, yet Kahn’s willing to wait for an even bigger offer that will undoubtedly come moving forward.
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Kahn Design has revealed the styling of their latest Land Rover Defender 90 up-fit, which includes a comprehensive exterior and interior makeover and the Chelsea Wide Track name. The Kahn personalization options list is immense, with near limitless combinations of paints, tweeds and leathers to camouflage this classic off-road machine in urban war paint.
Ever the victim of aggressive personalization, the Defender is still trendy because of how impractical and hilariously uncomfortable it is to drive. The mechanicals for Kahn’s extreme makeover stay the same as the stock model, aside from some light engine enhancements to the 2.2-liter turbo diesel and of course the giant wheel/tire/spring package.
These vehicles are part of a new co-branding effort between Kahn Design and the Chelsea Truck Company. Forming what must be the most absurdly wordy name in history, the truck is best referred to as the Chelsea Defender. Offered in the 90 or 110-inch body styles, the Chelsea Defender offers some tasteful and some not-so-tasteful ways for customers to part with their cash.
Cynicism about modified Defenders is possible only from afar. Driving a Defender is still a strange treat off road, but its rude manners on pavement mean that owners have little choice: they must try to engineer improvements themselves via the aftermarket.
Kahn’s custom Land Rover will not be joining the official U.S. price lists any time soon. A fun competitor might be the Nissan Murano CrossCarbiolet] - but sadly, the convertible Defender is not one of the five body styles offered for this legendary truck’s designer up-fit.
Click past the jump to read the full review of the new 2013 Land Rover Defender 90 - Chelsea Wide Track By Kahn Design, with a mega gallery of images of the various personalization options.
The last Aston Martin tuned by the British design firm, Kahn Design, was the DBS Casino Royale, which was pretty sweet. Today, Kahn took another break from its usual Land Rover models and decided to update another Aston Martin model,;this time around it is a DB9.
This custom Aston is not based on the 2013 DB9, which delivers a total of 510 horsepower. Instead, the designer extraordinaire opted to update a the initial DB9 model (2005 through 2008), which delivered a total of 450 horsepower from the factory.
No changes were made under the hood, which is pretty typical for Kahn, but the designer opted to update the exterior and the interior look of the DB9. Kahn opted to paint the DB9 in the same paint used for the DBS Casino Royale: meteorite silver. Customers can opt for any possible color, for both the exterior and the interior.
Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin DB9 Signature edition by Kahn Design.
If you believed this week would pass by with no upgrades from Kahn Design, you were very mistaken. The British design firm just sent us the official details on its latest offering: a 2013 Range Rover 4.4 SDV8 Vogue Signature edition.
The model is painted in a very cool Avus Bianco Pearl White hue combined with the roof coated in a contrasting piano black, a lower boot lid spoiler, brake calipers finished in liquid gold, mirror caps in piano black and door accents in pearl grey.
For those customers interested, you will have the chance to admire all these cool Kahn cars at the Westchester Cup, on the Sunday the 28th of July or at the Land Rover Billing Fest, on the 26th, 27th and 28th of July, in Northampton.
Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Range Rover Vogue Signature Edition by Kahn Design.
Ford is currently preparing to unveil the new-generation Focus RS, but British tuner Kahn Design came up with a pretty cool tuning kit for the current model. The package is called Focus RS250 and, as usual, it’s all about updating the car’s exterior and interior look.
On the exterior, the tuner opted for a Diamond White couture paint contrasted by some satin black elements. For the interior, the tuner combined blue leather with gray Alcantara. While these are the standard colors offered by the tuner, it also announced customers can opt for any imaginable color for both the exterior and the interior.
Kahn Design left all the under-hood bits alone and for good reason. With a 2.5-liter engine that abuses concrete with 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, the Focus RS is plenty fast from the factory.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ford Focus RS250 by Kahn Design.
It looks like this week Kahn Design decided to take a break from all the Land Rover kits we are used to seeing from it and turned its attention on a German SUV: the Audi Q7 with a 3.0-liter diesel engine. As usual, all the tuner did was upgrade the exterior and the interior, but it was more than enough to completely update its overall look.
For the exterior, Kahn prepared an aerodynamic kit that helps optimize the SUV’s efficiency, and make it look significantly better. On the inside, Kahn focused on improving the car’s luxury level.
As expected, Kahn Design will offer its customers the possibility to opt for any imaginable color on both the exterior and the interior of the Q7, but we think the carbon black color that Kahn chose for the example vehicle fits it just fine.
Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Q7 Quattro Wide Track by Kahn Design.
Earlier this year, Kahn Design unveiled a very cool RS250 Evoque tuning kit painted in Fuji White. Now the tuner comes back to this package and offers a new unique color: Orkney Grey, combined of course with a new interior upgrade, as only the specialists at Kahn could do. If you are interested, you can also choose the RS250 in any imaginable color.
As usual, the tuner started by upgrading the exterior aesthetics of the Evoque by offering an aerodynamic package that includes new front and rear bumper covers. The car now sits on new 22-inch RS600 wheels in matte pearl grey - a perfect match with the car’s new exterior color.
Updates continue to the interior where Kahn offers up a stunning trim in Alcantara and Vesuvius Orange detail. Alcantara was used for the dashboard and the transmission tunnel and it was combined with the highest-quality leather and aluminum.
Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Evoque RS250 Orkney Grey by Kahn Design.
Back in March, Kahn Design unveiled a cool Chelsea Wide Track tuning kit based on the Land Rover Defender. This week, the tuner has further expanded the kit with a few more options and come with the Chelsea Wide Track Fuji White/ Matt Pearl Grey.
The updates offered for the new package are similar to the ones offered in the previous version, but this time the SUV is painted in a nice combination of Fuji White and Matt Pearl Grey, while for the interior, the tuner opted to combine red leather with black quilted leather and grey Alcantara with silver stitching.
Along with this cool color combination, Kahn also offers up an aerodynamic exterior kit, a new set of wheels, privacy glass and lots of updates for the interior.
Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Defender Chelsea Wide Track Fuji White by Kahn Design.
This is not Kahn Design’s first tuning kit for the Ferrari 458 Spider. The the first was unveiled back in 2012 and just like this latest one, it only includes exterior and interior upgrades.
The new package starts with a lowered suspension and features a new front section and rear styling details painted in black. The car sits on Monza forged alloy wheels finished in any desired color with black painted calipers peeking through the rims.
For the exterior, the tuner opted for a very nice Grigio Alloy paint and replaced the fabric roof with a new, folding hardtop. The roof folds in 14 seconds, and is 25 kg (55 pounds) lighter than the original top.
For the interior, the only update offered is the addition of a luxurious Nero trim. As usual, Kahn offers its clients the possibility to opt for any desired color, leather or any other imagined material.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ferrari 458 Italia Spider.