Land Rover has a brand new generation Defender in the works and we are probably less than a year away from the moment when we will see the final product. However, enthusiasts around the world are still obsessed with the original off-roader but some of them fancy more power under the bonnet. This unleashes a whole new niche in the tuning scene and projects like U.S. based Himalaya's Spectre 110 Crew Cab you see in the attached gallery below are not a rare sight nowadays.
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Sure, it’s not the first V8-powered Defender out there and it’s not even the first Corvette-powered one. But the attention to detail here is taken to a new level, especially inside the cabin – there’s a completely new dashboard with new instrument cluster and Alpine touchscreen with Apple CarPlay connectivity, plus a set of Recaro leather seats. Nearly everything in the interior is wrapped in fine black leather and the back seats have a two-tone colour combination.
But, of course, the most important upgrade over the humble original Defender is found under the bonnet. That’s where the stock four-cylinder motor has been replaced by a 6.3-litre V8 LS3 Corvette engine with 525 bhp and 495 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels. Himalaya promises drivers “will have no doubt of the performance and drivability once behind the wheel.”
The exterior is no ordinary, too. The rugged boxy SUV rides on 37-inch Toyo Open Country tyres and 18-inch Sawtooth Alloy wheels in gloss black, contrasting with the body’s matte gunmetal grey finish. A 4-inch lift with Fox Performance Shocks and Extreme Currie Hi-Flex suspension give the truck a raised stance that “looks down on everything on the road in front of it.”
The Spectre is one of Himalaya’s four Defender-based models. It comes with a 24,000-mile / 2-year warranty. Prices are available upon request.
Gallery: Himalaya Land Rover Defender Spectre
The Defender 110 has a humble origin, a truck designed to serve as a go-anywhere vehicle to meet the demands of farmers and explorers alike. While the Defender's classic design and ability has withstood the test of time, todays drivers expect more...
Himalaya's 'Spectre' 110 Crew Cab is the truck for those who want to be seen, and heard while driving. A defining statement is made when driving this matte gunmetal gray truck equipped 37" Toyo Open Country tires and 18" Sawtooth Alloy wheels in gloss black. With its custom made bed mount tire carrier and a 4" lift with Fox Performance Shocks and Extreme Currie Hi-Flex Suspension, the truck has an aggressive stance that, literally, looks down on everything on the road in front of it. Inside you will find custom Ruskin Leather Recaro seats and matching Puma dash, MOMO leather steering wheel, custom audio with Alpine HALO touchscreen and much more that give the driver the sought after feeling of a new luxury automobile.
Fit with a 6.3 LS3 Corvette engine putting out 525 horse power and 495lb-ft of torque, driver's will have no doubt of the performance and drivability once behind the wheel. The engine and transmission come with a 24,000 mile / 2 year warranty. Call or email us today if you know, or need help deciding, which one you are!