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Ares Design, a company specializing in vehicle conversion and modification, unveiled its version of Land Rover Defender, set by Dany Bahar, CEO of the company, as the latest interpretation of the iconic British model.  Bahar says that Ares Design believes that being “a Defender’s owner means driving on and off the road”, for that reason, Defender Ares Design, whose production will be limited to 53 copies, highlights the characteristics that made the model of Land Rover as an icon of the auto industry.

Developed in collaboration with JE Motorworks coach, the modified model features a V8 engine capable of generating 285 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque, coupled to a six-speed semiautomatic transmission and three optimized mechanical components: transmission shaft, differential and exhaust system. For those who are not satisfied with the 285 hp, it is possible to opt for the supercharged version that offers 485 hp of power and 650 Nm of torque. Through suspension modifications, the distance from the ground was increased by 75 mm in the version with naturally aspirated engine and in 50 mm in the supercharged version. Custom 18-inch wheels, a body kit, a winch, roof bars and side stirrups complement the exterior aesthetics and contribute to creating a look that emanates robustness and aggressiveness. The interior of Defender by Ares Design, which is noticeably more luxurious than the cabin of the conventional model, is characterized by the incorporation of aluminum, carbon fiber, hand-worked wood and high quality Italian leather. The mechanical modifications, exterior and interior are carried out at Ares Design’s facilities in the Italian city of Modena. The conversion costs about 215,000 euros and does not include Defender, the model needs to be provided by the customer.


Land Rover Defender is one of the most iconic cars ever built, but that does not stop many preparers from working daily to create versions of this model with a more radical and powerful look. This is the case of American preparer East Coast Defenders, also known as ECD Automotive Design, who has just launched a Defender with the 6.2-liter V8 engine of a Chevrolet Corvette. Named Project Evolution, this Defender has a body kit from the British Kahn Design that leaves it much wider, allowing the gauges to be dilated and the wheels reach 20 inches. The black décor, along with the roof rack and light kit above the windshield, helps complete the more radical look of this model, which also had the cockpit renewed. Of note are the sports seats, the new infotainment system and of course the two-tone leather trim. But the biggest news comes in the mechanical part, with this British icon relying on the engine of a true American symbol. Which means that Defender got a 6.2-liter V8 engine from a Chevrolet Corvette that produces something like a whopping 436 horsepower. Florida-based East Coast Defenders does not reveal the performance this utility is capable of achieving but confirms that the eight-cylinder engine comes with an exhaust system with Borla’s signature that leaves the Defender with the sound of a Corvette. This sample is not for sale and was created specifically for the customer who even designed it.


Land Rover included the Discovery SVX, which according to the brand, is the most extreme Discovery of all time in the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Land Rover Discovery SVX arrives to complete the line of Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) of the British brand and was presented along with the Range Rover Sport SVR and the Range Rover SV Autobiography. Among other things that make it special, it stands out that the Land Rover Discovery SVX will be the first Land Rover model to be handcrafted at the SVO Technical Center in the UK, once it starts production in 2018

Manufactured on the basis of fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery, it will be the first model with the SVX emblem. “The SVX product line gives us a fantastic opportunity to deliver state-of-the-art Land Rover off-road capability in a dynamic and differentiated way by creating a rugged, versatile SUV that will delight the whole family: comfortable, extremely active and connected on any kind of terrain, “said Mark Stanton, director of SVO during the presentation of the model in Frankfurt. Land Rover Discovery will hit the market next year. It will do with a single mechanical option: the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine calibrated to produce 525 hp and a torque of 625 Nm. Among the mechanical novelties of this all-terrain is the Active Hydraulic Anticapping Control (H-ARC). This system provides greater articulation of the axles and improves the control of the body, thus enhancing extreme off-road traction, while reducing the balance of the body on the road. The Discovery SVX features improved approach and exit angles thanks to the increased height of the aluminum body and the pneumatic suspension on all wheels. Long-running shock absorbers and 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler tires also contribute to forged aluminum wheels.

The Land Rover Discovery SVX is equipped with active central and electronic rear differential lock, which works with the Terrain Response 2 system, specially regulated to improve traction on all surfaces.  It also features an eight-speed automatic transmission with two-speed transfer box, Hill Descent Control, Electronic Traction Control, Dynamic Stability Control, All-Terrain Progress Control and power steering. Stiffness is not at odds with elegance. The Land Rover Discovery SVX may be the most extreme model of the brand, but nonetheless it is not unattractive. SVO’s design department worked hard for this and created an exclusive enamel finish – called Tectonic Gray – which is achieved thanks to the combination of Lunar and Light Oyster tones. Inside, the highlights are the Rush Orange touches, the same color as the tow rings prepared to pull up to six tons each. On the ceiling, completing the set, the side bars appear in black and two capsules of LED lights to improve the visibility.


After announcing the full restoration of one of the first Land Rover ever produced in history in 1948, the British 4×4 brand continues to celebrate its 70th anniversary with the announcement of the launch of a limited edition of its most iconic vehicle: Defender. Called Defender Works V8, the 150-unit series pays homage to the first high-power engines that equipped both the Land Rover Series III Stage 1 of 1979 and the subsequent Defender, including the commemorative edition of the 50th anniversary of the model, units are highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors even today. The limited edition announced today is the fastest ever produced for a Defender. It features a 5.0-liter gasoline V8 engine, which develops 405 horsepower and 515 Nm of torque, significantly better performance than the standard Defender, equipped with a diesel engine of 122 hp and 360 Nm. The Defender V8 Works is also equipped with an eight-speed ZF transmission system with sport mode, which helps the model accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in just 5.8 seconds and reach the top speed of 170 km / h, limited electronically. Tim Hannig, director of the Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “It’s only fair that we can harness the full potential of the iconic Defender, whose beloved image stands as a synonym for the Land Rover brand, 70 years after being introduced to the public for the first time turn”.

“The idea of ​​reintroducing a Defender V8 is something we’ve been discussing since 2014, when we were still building Defender in Solihull. We knew there would be demand for a more powerful and faster Defender. The authenticity of Land Rover is the finishing touch for the most demanding customers who buy Defender’s collector’s editions, “adds Hannig. The special series Defender V8 Works is produced on vehicles versions 90 and 110 built between 2012 and 2016, with up to 20,000 miles round, specially selected by Land Rover. They all received the new engine and transmission set, new brake system best suited for high power, 18-inch wheels with diamond alloy and 265/65 R18 all-terrain tires. It is available in eight standard exterior colors, including two with satin trim. In contrast, the roof, wheel rims and the front grille are in black Santorini. The finish of the knobs, fuel cover and hood lettering is made from machined aluminum. Inside, the Defender V8 Works special series features full Windsor leather trim – on the dashboard, doors and sports seats plus a new entertainment system designed by the Land Rover Classic.


Following in the footsteps of commercial versions of previous generations, the new Land Rover Discovery is poised to enter the professional world. And it does this with a proposal that, besides being very exclusive, is also very capable, especially for the rural environment. The new Land Rover Discovery Commercial is ready for the start of its commercialization in the British market and soon also in other markets. Designed to position itself as an alternative to conventional light commercial vehicles, it is clear that the customer who opts for the Land Rover Discovery Commercial will probably not have previously driven a classic van. As expected, the main differences presented by the Commercial version compared to a conventional Land Rover Discovery reside in the passenger compartment. The rear seats have been removed, so the passenger compartment will only have two front seats. Thanks to this, a cargo area measuring 1,635 mm in length, 939 mm in height and 1,411 mm in width is achieved. This area accommodates 1,856 liters of cargo capacity. A number that in principle may seem strange, since it is 600 liters less compared to a Discovery that simply rebounds the rear seats.

This difference is due to the fact that a grid has been installed to separate the front of the cargo space. A new electric rear cover has also been installed which facilitates access, as well as loading and unloading. In the front of the passenger compartment, everything remains as in the conventional model. Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system and all kinds of driving assistance systems. Mechanically, the Land Rover Discovery Commercial line of engines is comprised of two diesel options. On the one hand comes a 2.0 SD4 engine of 241 hp, while one step up is the 3.0 TD6 engine with 258 hp. All the versions arrive accompanied of series with an automatic transmission of eight speeds and a system of total traction. Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover, pointed out the importance of the Commercial version in the Land Rover Discovery line: “Discovery Commercial has always been an important part of the range. With the arrival of the latest version, a new level of practicality, versatility and levels of comfort are achieved. The DNA of work. ” The new Land Rover Discovery Commercial is now available for sale in the UK. The first deliveries will take place at the beginning of the second half of 2018.

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