Automotive Land Rover_restored

Published on September 17th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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East Coast Defender’s best tune yet

They started with a Chevy big V8 mated to a stainless steel Borla exhaust system. Then came the external roll cage, and upgraded brakes. The Defender also got a custom radiator and stainless steel brake and fuel lines, but these are only part of the story as the most significant change is lurking underneath the hood.

Indeed, the standard engine has been removed to squeeze in a 5.3-liter Chevy LC9 V8 engine producing a healthy 320 horsepower delivered to the chunky all-terrain tires through a six-speed automatic transmission. No word about performances, but it goes saying it’s substantially faster than the regular Defender, regardless of its engine.

The Florida-based company did not rest on its laurels as it also fiddled with the interior by adding a backup camera, navigation, and LED lighting. Other goodies part of the package include a touchscreen Kenwood infotainment system (with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay integration), classic instrument gauges, and new seats wrapped in black/charcoal leather.


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