Go anyplace on this planet the place the Land Rover Defender constructed its fame, and one can find authentic Defenders nonetheless including to that fame. Since Land Rover ended manufacturing and wasn’t capable of safe unique rights to the design, not solely has one of the vital well-known fundamental utility automobiles gotten much more well-liked in much more locations, there are extra folks making extra variations of it. In 2017, Jim Ratcliffe raised the floodgates in launching Ineos Automotive and the Grenadier SUV and Quartermaster pickup. In 2019, Poland’s Land Serwis began stamping Collection 1 Defenders with authentic tooling and fashionable builds. In 2021, Connecticut’s Black Bridge Motors announced its Function restomod that has develop into the Mark IV and Mark X, these being Defender our bodies on a JK-series Jeep Wrangler body, powered by GM’s LS3, LT1, or LT4 engines. And now, for patrons preferring to do such procuring west of the Mississippi, Utah’s Legend Motor Company can also be working the Defender-Jeep mashup. The corporate’s Signature Collection 001 sits a re-engineered Defender physique on JK Wrangler underpinnings.
Whereas Black Bridge drapes the body-in-white with 3/8-inch aluminum panels, Legend hangs aluminum panels with customized Kevlar backing painted to match the outside. The composite gives extra physique safety, whereas Kevlar underbody panels lend safety to the very important bits. Engine selections are GM’s 6.2-liter LT4 V8 making 455 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, or the 6.2-liter LT4 V8 making 650 hp and 650 lb-ft, fed by a 22.5-gallon polyethelene gasoline tank. An aluminum four-row radiator and two brushless electrical followers assist preserve temperatures in management throughout summer season outings. Both engine shifts by a GM eight-speed transmission, sending output by an Atlas II switch case with a 3.8:1 low gear. A Fox 2.5-inch adjustable shocks with distant reservoirs flexes Dana 60 HD axles with ARB air lockers entrance and rear. The footwear poking past the flared arches is 17-inch steelies wrapped in 37-inch BFG Mud-Terrains.
We have seen sufficient restomods and SEMA Show automobiles to be acquainted with the inside therapy: Customized Legend Motor gauges; a billet steering column that tilts; hand-sewn aniline leather-based for the front- and second-row buckets, and cargo-area leap seats; fashionable HVAC and Bluetooth audio; leather-trimmed floor mats, and so forth.
Normal match slides on a material high, bolts on a full-sized spare in again, and presents 5 colors. Worth begins at $250,000. The actual query is whether or not you need your license plates issued in Connecticut or Utah.