Defender Project Kingsman: A Land Rover with a Chevy V8
A Regal British Off-Roader with an LS9 Swap – What Could Go Wrong?
Published September 6, 2017
East Coast Defender does not take things easy. No no, they are taking possibly the best off-road vehicle in the world and trying to transform it into a machine even a proper muscle car lover would not hesitate to show off among his Wrangler loving friends. Whatever engine Land Rover saw fit to cram inside this Defender is now long gone, and a very special motor has taken its place.
In this case, the hood hides some proper muscle – a 5.3-liter Chevy LS9 V8 with rather potent 320 hp. Ok, so it isn’t ‘gazillion horsepower’ muscle, but 320 hp for the Defender seems like a good fit. Don’t think for a second though that East Coast Defender stopped at the swap. No, they’ve dramatically improved upon what once was the Land Rover Defender 110.
After stripping it to its bones, the Florida-based company galvanized the whole chassis by immersing it into protective Zinc. With this treatment, it will last longer with unmatched protection against corrosion. Seems like a pretty good idea for an off-roader, wouldn’t you agree?
Borla also provided their specially tailored exhaust system to give the Defender a proper voice. There is also an external roll cage for the ultimate cabin protection. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why this off-roader might need it, but it definitely took some brains to develop and implement a full cage that’s barely even noticeable; it is fantastically well-integrated.
Land Rover Defender Project Kingsman Will Make You Love Off-Roading
Other notoriously difficult changes include the addition of a custom radiator, stainless steel brakes, and fuel lines as well as the addition of the new brake setup. Every single piece of the machine has been dramatically improved compared to anything Land Rover included in the stock package.
No worries, the interior got its fair share of novelties as well. East Coast Defender is known for much more luxurious interiors usually not associated with machines that can almost go vertical. This time, the Floridians took care of the cabin and the occupants by adding a backup camera, navigation, and LED lighting. Then, for luxury, new seats come wrapped in black leather, and the package includes a touchscreen Kenwood infotainment system (with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, of course).
While we would love to know the 0-60 time on this beast, it’d really only be serving our morbid curiosity. Ultimately, we just want to take it for a spin, maybe for a camping trip up the side of a mountain. Anything is possible, apparently, for the Defender Project Kingsman.
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