This Modest-Looking Himalaya HUE 166 Has a Big Surprise Under the Hood
The term "Sleeper" is being used all over the place. An RS6, M5, or even E63 AMG with their large wheels, massive exhausts, "air" intakes, and wide bodywork, are cars that aren’t necessarily sleepers at all anymore. The Himalaya Hue 166, with its big 650 horsepower, V-8 engine based on the Land Rover Defender 110, and understated looks, aims to change that.
Ineos Grenadier – The Old-School Defender That Land Rover Doesn’t Make Anymore
There are high chances you would’ve heard of the name ‘Ineos’. It is a U.K.-based petrochemicals group. You must have even seen the name across the Mercedes F1 cars, America’s Cup team boats, and also ‘Ineos Grenadiers’, a cycling team previously known as Sky.
Now, Ineos has dipped its toes into the automotive segment and has come up with an SUV called Ineos Grenadier. The SUV is heavily inspired by the yesteryear Land Rover Defender. While it may look the part, is it as hardcore as the original model? Carfection finds out.
The Land Rover Defender Gets the full Manhart Treatment with 550 Horses and a Body Kit
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.
This Land Rover Defender From the ‘80s Has Been Completely Revamped
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?
2021 Land Rover Defender 90 Trio By ECD Automotive Design
E.C.D Automotive Design is famous for its highly customized Land Rover Defender rebuilds. This time, the aftermarket company has taken things up a notch by working on three identical Defender 90s one after the other, but each one is contrastingly different from the other. The rebuild on all the three SUVs involves extensive work inside out and even feature different V-8s under the hood. The company hasn’t revealed the exact prices of these builds, but the D90s start at $180,000.
2021 Land Rover Defender 130 "Project Mule" by ECD Automotive Design
E.C.D. Automotive Design is known for Land Rover rebuilds. The company has worked on many unique projects in the past and is here with another one based on the Defender 130 pickup truck. Called the Project Mule, it comes with a plethora of changes inside out. It features a Chevy LS3 engine under the hood, an off-road suspension with a lift kit, teakwood bed, sheepskin and cowhide interior, and so on.
2021 Ares Design Defender Spec 1.2
Land Rover Defender is one of the most popular choices for tuners and aftermarket companies to show off their skills and creativity. This time, it’s Ares Designs’ turn to show off what it could make of this butch SUV. Called the Defender Spec 1.2, it comes with changes inside out. The exterior includes stuff like carbon fiber bodywork and a panoramic roof and the interior benefits from some luxurious touches. Even the four-cylinder engine is swapped in favor of a V-8 engine for that extra grunt and roar.
Land Rover Defender by Bowler - A Continuation of the Iconic Original
The new Land Rover Defender is a very capable vehicle, but purists surely miss the old one. The old Defender had a different aura and charm, something that the new one will probably never be able to match it. Although numerous aftermarket companies are restoring and rebuilding it, the fact is that the same models are in circulation. But, that’s about to change now.
Aftermarket specialist Bowler has been granted the license to use the iconic Defender shape in the next phase of development for all-terrain performance cars and rally raid vehicles. In case you have apprehensions about another company building the classic Defender, let me tell you that Land Rover purchased Bowler last year. So this is as good as Land Rover building it.
2020 Land Rover Defender By Himalaya
Himalaya is known to create builds of timeless vehicles. One of them is the Defender, with which the aftermarket company has had a love affair for a long time. Last year, Himalaya worked on the new Defender to create a special edition called Spectre. Now, the company has laid its hand on the renowned moniker to build a 650-horsepower beast that inducts itself into Himalaya’s flagship Summit Series.
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography by Kahn Automobiles
English aftermarket company, Kahn Automobiles, is known to create ravishing examples of stock vehicles. The company has been doing it for years, and the latest model to roll out is the Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography. This black beauty receives a whole lot of new equipment on the outside to make it look sportier than it already is. The example here is a 2018 pre-worshipped model and has 9,000 miles on the odometer. The asking price breaches the six-digit mark when converted to USD. Worth it?
2020 Land Rover Defender Yachting Edition by Carlex Design
Carlex is known for its out-of-the-box themes and designs. A couple of months back, the aftermarket company came up with a Yachting Edition of the Mercedes-AMG G63, which was designed for a customer in Dubai. It looks like the design pleased the enthusiasts as well as the folks at Carlex because it has now come up with another Yachting Edition, but this time it is based on the Land Rover Defender. In all honesty, it looks as sweet as the G 63 itself and comes with a lot of new stuff inside, on the outside, and none under the hood.
2020 Ineos Grenadier
When folks like us are obsessed with a car, we draw it on papers, doodle about it, and all of that. But, if you have billions of pounds in your bank account, you just build a fully-functional vehicle from scratch. This is how the Ineos Grenadier came to life.
Ineos is a British petrochemicals group founded by Sir Jim Ratcliffe which now has an automotive division in its portfolio. Such was his love for the classic Defender that he tried to purchase the rights from Land Rover. When denied, he went on to build an SUV from the ground up that takes heavy inspiration from the old Defender. Although it looks the part, is the Ineos Grenadier as tough as the classic Land Rover?
2020 Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition SV600 By Manhart Performance
Range Rover is generally regarded as a brand that has churned out tough, brawny vehicles with a tilt towards off-roading. The Velar, however, will change your mind. Don’t get me wrong; the SUV can still take the beaten paths, but it’s the opulence and the luxuriousness that will leave you drooling.
But, even if this wasn’t enough for you, Manhart Performance has something the offer. The German tuner has given the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition a twist that increases the output figure to make almost 600 horses. That should make you happy.
Stretched Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography By Klassen
Klassen has stretched several luxury vehicles in the past. According to their website, they have worked on the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, Range Rover Autobiography, Bentley Bentayga, and the Mercedes G-Class.Most recently, the company stretched and armored a Cullinan and put a $2 million price tag on it.
It has even worked on minivans like the Mercedes-Benz V-Class and the Sprinter. Now, the company has laid its hands on a Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography and given it a typical Klassen treatment. The SUV is stretched by 40 inches and is completely bulletproof. How’s that for a royal car?
2020 Land Rover Defender 110 "Project Rowdy" by ECD Automotive Design
Land Rover redefined the way off-roaders are perceived. The automaker brought class and finesse to many off-roaders and launched many monikers that are fondly remembered even today. The Defender is one of them. The badge came to life in the 1980s, before which it was known as the Land Rover Ninety and One Ten. The automaker pulled the plug on it in 2016, but brought it back again last year. In 2018, Land Rover rolled out a special edition of the Defender called the Defender Works V-8.
A lot of aftermarket companies have customized it over the years, but one company called ECD Automotive Design has taken a special liking towards it. The company specializes in customizing Land Rover SUVs in unimaginable ways. This time around, it has worked on the old-school Defender 110 which it calls the ‘Project Rowdy’. Project Rowdy is tough on the outside, plush on the inside, and powerful under the hood. The highlight of this project is the Corvette engine that sits under the hood! What more would you like from a customized SUV?
2019 Land Rover Defender 6x6 Black Mamba by Classic Overland
The 2020 Land Rover Defender was recently launched, and it was well-received by world. The Defender is one of the toughest off-roaders we have seen even in the past. So much so, in fact, that aftermarket companies took it in as their guinea pig and worked on it in various different ways. Here’s one such company called Classic Overland that turned this beast into something extraordinary. The 6x6 Defender is the ultimate off-roader that will conquer anything and everything in its path. But, where will you take this?
2019 Land Rover Defender Spectre by Himalaya
Land Rover launched the all-new 2020 Defender a couple of days back, and the SUV has it has been the talk of the internet ever since. In fact, the hype is so extensive that even aftermarket company. If you remember, the new Defender was spotted without clothes for the first time on the movie set of the upcoming James Bond movie “No Time To Die” just about a week before the official launch. As it turns out, South Carolina based Himalaya decided to customize this Defender, taking inspiration from another previous Bond movie, Spectre, and even gave it the same name. Does it look exciting? Well, you tell us.
2017 East Coast Defender “Project Beast”
The name “Defender” carries some serious weight in the world of off-roading. With a long history of military service and simply unflappable talent off-road, this iconic model from Land Rover serves as the bones for myriad capability-focused vehicles. Florida-based auto shop East Coast Defenders knows this well, making its name building custom versions of the British model for enhanced style, greater interior comfort, and even greater agility while traversing the great outdoors. Now, ECD is invading the sands of Vegas with its latest custom build, dropping the sheets at the 2017 SEMA show. The project was a collaboration with Warn Industries, a manufacturer that specializes in vehicle recovery equipment, and is based on a Defender 110 model from 1985. Created by hand and equipped with a litany of custom parts, ECD appropriately calls this build “Project Beast.”
Framed as an “elite off-road SUV,” Project Beast was actually completed in 2016, built in ECD’s “Rover Dome” in Kissimmee, Florida. All told, it’s got the right stuff for attracting attention at SEMA. Read on for more.
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Jaguar Land Rover’s SVO Unit Comes Through On Its Word With The Discovery SVX
Back at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March, Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations boss John Edwards hinted at the possibility of the Land Rover Discovery getting its own SVO treatment. He didn’t dive into any specifics, opting only to say that if SVO did create one, it would be somewhere in the middle “between Paris Dakar and Camel Trophy,” two famed off-road races. I can’t tell if just-unveiled Discovery SXV is capable of competing in both races, but give credit where it’s due: JLR’s SVO unit came through on its word.
The Land Rover Discovery SVX is the result of what happens when a goal is set and that goal is accomplished. On paper, it’s billed as the most powerful version of the Discovery ever created, and the numbers certainly speak for themselves as the Discovery SVX is capable of producing 525 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, thanks in large part to the SUV carrying a much bigger 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine compared to the smaller 3.0-liter V-6 mill that all other Land Rover Discovery SUVs come in. It’s not just about the engine either. SVO understood that for the Discovery SVX to reach its full off-road potential, it needed significant changes to its mechanical and handling faculties. The division did just that, and a whole lot more. Certainly, the results speak for themselves.
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2017 Land Rover Discovery by Startech
Startech may be overshadowed by its parent company, Brabus, in the tuning world, but the tuner has proven itself to be as adept in building kits for a wide range of vehicle brands. One of those brands is Land Rover, and as fate would have it, Startech is presenting its latest program for the Discovery SUV at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The program has a more style-over-substance feel to it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially for an SUV like the Discovery, which caters to more than just the off-road adventurers of the world. Those who prefer a proper dress-up for their SUVs are the targets here, hence the lack of an engine upgrade that puts more power to the SUV’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine. It is fitting, too, that with Startech’s kit for the SUV arrived just as the Discovery underwent its biggest stylistic change since 2009. Put all of these elements together and it’s easy to see why Startech wants to be one of the first in the tuning scene to have one in the market. Other tuners like Kahn Design will inevitably have theirs at some point, but for now, the spotlight is squarely on Startech to make a positive impression on owners of the new SUV. Considering its pedigree as a company owned by Brabus, it wouldn’t be hard for Startech to live up to its parent firm’s reputation.
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2017 East Coast Defender Project Viper
By today’s industry standards, the Land Rover Defender doesn’t qualify as an SUV. It has a look that remains culled from past generations and it lacks the kind of state-of-the-art tech features that dominate the SUV landscape. But the perceived shortcomings of the Defender are also considered strengths by those who swear by it. And in case there are still people who doubt the affection fans have for the Defender, look no further than Florida-based East Cost Defender’s special edition creation, Project Viper.
While it’s not technically based on the Defender, it’s easy to see where Project Viper’s inspiration lies. There are also hints of inspiration from the Mercedes-AMG G63 6x6, so that shouldn’t be ignored. But don’t mistake the Project Viper for a custom SUV based on either model, because it’s not. The SUV is completely built from the ground-up by the company’s new Ultimate Vehicle Concept (UVC) division, which specializes on limited edition builds to create SUVs that are, in the words of ECD co-owner Scott Wallace, “not limited by a specific Bill of Materials or budget.” That disclaimer is particularly important to anyone who wishes to buy any one of the 10 Project Viper SUVs that ECD plans to build. See, it’s not all about aesthetic inspiration or premium tech for the company. It’s also about providing the most well-suited SUV for customers who are willing to pay the premium price to own one.
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