A beefy off-road pickup truck for the toughest of commutes.
Mitsubishi is attending the 2017 Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham with a tricked-out version of its reputable L200. Codenamed “Project Swarm,” it’s a one-off created in collaboration with Top Gear magazine to unlock the pickup truck’s full potential and at the same time signal the debut of the company’s new Special Vehicle Projects (SVP) branch.
The list of upgrades is quite extensive and includes everything from a roll cage and extended wheel arches to larger alloys shod in self-inflating tyres. The suspension has been “heavily modified” as well to make the L200 more competent on difficult terrains, while extra LED lights, a winch, and a pair of tailor-made racing seats nicely round off the package.
Sadly, this fully specced L200 is not for sale. On the flip side, you can buy a watered-down version called the “Barbarian SVP” also currently on display in Birmingham. Only 250 units will ever be made, with half painted in Electric Blue and the other half finished off in Cosmos Black. It rides on bespoke 17-inch alloy wheels paired with BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres housed within beefier wheel arches.
To make it stand out from the regular L200 Barbarian Double Cab upon which it’s based, Mitsubishi has modified the front grille and has also applied a bunch of black accents. The SVP variant has additional niceties, such as load bed illumination, custom side steps, a soft-opening tailgate damper, and puddle lamps. Naturally, an “SVP” emblem is included as well.
Both blue and black versions of the L200 Barbarian SVP are already available in UK from £28,479 (excluding VAT). All 250 cars will share the familiar turbodiesel 2.4-litre engine rated at 180hp and 317lb ft of torque channelled to the wheels through a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic fitted with paddles.
Much like premium car manufacturers have special divisions to create fancy models, Mitsubishi’s SVP will be responsible for producing limited-run editions adopting a number of upgrades both inside and out.
2017 Mitsubishi L200 Desert Warrior and L200 Barbarian
MITSUBISHI L200 “DESERT WARRIOR” TO HEADLINE THE MITSUBISHI MOTORS UK STAND AT THE 2017 COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SHOW
CIRENCESTER – Mitsubishi Motors in the UK will showcase the one-off Mitsubishi L200 that has been built in conjunction with Top Gear magazine at the 2017 Commercial Vehicle Show, held at the NEC, Birmingham from April 25 - 27.
Developed in secret by the world’s biggest-selling enthusiast magazine and codenamed ‘Project Swarm’, the totally unique Mitsubishi L200 will take centre stage on the brand’s eye-catching stand (Hall 4, stand 4G90).
Fully exploring the potential of the Mitsubishi L200, ‘Project Swarm’ is built in the style of a ‘Pre-Runner’ off-road vehicle – specially modified production vehicles that are beefed-up to ‘pre-run’ stages of off-road desert racers.
Tom Ford, Associate Editor for Top Gear magazine, recently named as one of Top Gear America’s hosts, joined forces with renowned engineer Ralph Hosier of RH Engineering, best known for his work on National Geographic Channel show Supercar Megabuild, to transform his standard Mitsubishi L200 long-term test vehicle into one of the wildest Mitsubishi vehicles on the road.
While it still has the interior comfort of a production L200, enhanced by a set of bespoke Cobra racing seats, the Desert Warrior has been made even more capable thanks to a range of additions, including an external roll cage, heavily modified suspension, oversized wheels with self-inflating tyres, long range LED lights and some extra kit that will be needed to negotiate some of the world’s harshest terrain.
Top Gear is planning to use the Mitsubishi L200 Desert Warrior for a very special upcoming challenge which will feature in the magazine, and online, and detail many of the trucks additional features.
Commenting on his radical Mitsubishi L200, Tom Ford, said: “I’ve always had an obsession with ‘Pre-runners’ and this is my idea of the perfect desert truck. It’s a very serious truck but it’s got that little bit of theatre that makes me think it’s got something extra to it. It’s still an L200, but it has been made to be max-attack and it will not break. It’s exactly what I wanted – something that has the appearance of a Hot Wheels toy and is every bit as tough as it looks!”
Lance Bradley, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: “The Mitsubishi L200 is one of the most durable pick-up trucks available, but the Desert Warrior takes its toughness to a whole new level. In fact, its purposefulness and ruggedness has provided the inspiration for the Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP, the first limited edition model to be created by our new SVP (Special Vehicle Projects) programme.”
MITSUBISHI MOTORS TO LAUNCH NEW SVP (SPECIAL VEHICLE PROJECTS) PROGRAMME AT 2017 COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SHOW
CIRENCESTER – Mitsubishi Motors in the UK will launch its new SVP (Special Vehicle Projects) programme with the debut of the Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP at the 2017 Commercial Vehicle Show, held at the NEC, Birmingham April 25 - 27.
Designed to provide Mitsubishi customers with exclusive, highly distinctive vehicles, Mitsubishi SVP models will be produced in small volumes with significant appearance changes and specific colour options.
Inspired by the one-off Mitsubishi L200 Desert Warrior ‘Pre-runner’, that also features on the Mitsubishi Motors UK stand (Hall 4, stand 4G90), the Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP will be limited to a production run of 250 with half available in Electric Blue metallic and the other half in Cosmos Black.
Building on the generous specification of the highly-successful Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian Double Cab, the SVP version features a more aggressive and eye-catching look via revisions to the exterior and interior.
Most noticeable are the additions of 17-inch bespoke black alloy wheels with BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres, shrouded by exclusive new wheel arch extensions, while the purposeful look is reinforced by an all-new grille and an exclusive black finish on the headlamp and tail lamp bezels, fog lamp surrounds, roof rails and rear bumper.
Completing the Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP’s unique exterior features are shark fin-inspired side steps, load bed illumination, puddle lamps, soft-opening tailgate damper and an SVP emblem on the tailgate.
Inside, the limited-edition model has Barbarian-inspired ‘six-pack’ leather seats with suede-like ‘Alston’ inserts. Each vehicle’s individual limited edition number and the SVP logo are also stitched into the headrests. Front and rear foot-well mood lighting together with illuminated Barbarian door entry guards add to the special feel of the interior.
Standard features of the Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP also include rain and dusk sensors, keyless entry, satellite navigation, Bluetooth, Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, cruise control and reversing camera.
Power is provided by the proven and efficient 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine, which produces 180hp and 430Nm of torque, while the rotary-dial controlled Super Select 4WD system can be combined with a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel paddle shifters.
The Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP is available to order now and is priced from £28,479 (excluding VAT) for both blue and black versions.