You Know You Want To: £90K V8 Defender

Are tarted up Land Rover Defenders acceptable? It's a thorny one, the very essence of a 'proper' Land Rover surely being the less paint on its (preferably muddy and dented) aluminium panels and the bigger the gaps between them the better. Shiny paint, balloon tyres and blingy accoutrements aren't really the done thing.

What, no sheepdog on the passenger seat?
What, no sheepdog on the passenger seat?
But, then again, when you pair the above with a 460hp, 4.2-litre supercharged V8 bellowing out of side exhausts the inner purist faces a stern challenge.

And as the AMG G-Wagen moves steadily into quilted leather old-age there's something gratifyingly uncouth about this JE Engineering 'Zulu' Defender, bass-bin aside still keeping just enough proper off-road credibility to keep us interested. And while a G-Wagen can just about - at a pinch - cut it as everyday transport you'd still have to be pretty bloody minded and dedicated to choose it. Never mind fork out £90K on it. And for that we'd salute anyone willing to take the plunge.

If you needed any further encouragement the dealer has even put up a video focusing on the bit that really matters - the noise.

: £89,950
Why you should: 460hp, side exhausts, snorkel and sinister black paint
Why you shouldn't: Price requires some serious denial

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  • Hellbound 03 Oct 2012

    That does look menacing. And it appears they've carried out quite a bit of work on the car. BUT, is a fettled 2009 Defender really worth £90k?

    For me at least, the obvious answer is a resounding no.

    Don't LR fit V8's themselves? Wouldn't your money be better spent asking them to build a V8 monster that's factory fresh?

  • bob1179 03 Oct 2012

    I want this, but with the newer 5.0 supercharged V8 rather than the old 4.2. If you are going to do it, you might as well do it properly!

    I love it.


  • vdubbin 03 Oct 2012

    Just the ticket for ferrying ex-soldiers to my bonded warehouse.

  • 300bhp/ton 03 Oct 2012

    It's cool, but £90k come off it, no way on Earth does it really cost anything like that to build. What is it, a gold plated chassis with rhino horn interior trim?

    Full props for JE being able to blag such an outrageous price though.

  • Charlie Foxtrot 03 Oct 2012

    And after all that you still can only drive it with the window open.

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