Land Rover Defender Project Viper Is Not What You Think It Is
West Coast Defenders Will Make 10 Special Defenders
Updated June 19, 2017
No, it is not the Dodge Viper, or anything related to it. But it is a Viper, only in a bit different sense than we are accustomed to. If we are to link a car with a snake than this East Coast Customs Defender Project Viper is possibly the best one to receive that name. A Florida-based company specialized in extreme modifications took on the challenge of building an awesome (if not the ultimate) Defender. And just to shatter your dreams right now, under the bonnet you won’t find a well-known V10. Instead, East Coast Customs opted for the Chevrolet LS3 V8 good for 435hp. More than enough for a badass off-roader wouldn’t you say?
“Project Viper is our first custom SUV to emerge from the new UVC division,” said Scott Wallace, co-owner of East Coast Defender, in a press release. “We created UVC in response to the overwhelming demand from clients who want a pure, handcrafted SUV that is not limited by a specific Bill of Materials or budget. With one-of-one builds, like the Viper, we’re pushing the creative envelope with bigger, more capable trucks that celebrate our heritage with added daily comfort and reliability.”
So, as you can see, this is a specialized build absolutely tailored to customer’s wishes. And definitely not limited by any budget. So, don’t be surprised to learn that this one-of-one awesome SUV costs a jaw-dropping $285,000. But, the customer will get a lot. Not only a cool 6.2-liter American V8 muscle.
This Land Rover Defender Project Viper Is A Luxurious Beast
East Coast Defenders ( a division of the East Coast Customs Ultimate Vehicle Concept – UVC subcompany) revamped the car inside out. The most important changes include the addition of a new suspension, external roll cage, exceptional 20-inch wheels wrapped with Nitto Mud Grappler tires, new Warn winch and a bunch of other accessories. Obviously, this machine is built for action. If that action is at night, don’t worry. LED lamps front and rear will make a small sun out of it.
However, UVC did not only focus on improving its off-road credentials. They crafted a car with a luxurious and quite opulent cabin consisting of a new infotainment system with a touchscreen, air-con, leather heated Corbeau seats, power windows, and even a freaking mood lighting.
While this one you see here is a one-of-one effort, East Coast Defender will build ten special Defenders in total. Every one of them will bear a different name, have special differentiating pieces on it and probably different drivetrains compared to this one.