Land Rover lovers with deep pockets are being invited to celebrate the model’s final year with a vehicle being billed as the ultimate Defender – at an eye-watering cost of £150,000.
This year signals the end of production of the firm’s long-serving Defender model.
The Midland car-maker’s rugged go-anywhere 4×4 can trace its lineage right back to the original Land Rover vehicle which set the ball rolling back in 1948.
While Land Rover has launched a series of special editions to mark the final year of the Defender – which range in price from £27,800 to £61,845 – die-hards might like to go the extra mile for a special edition.
Leeds-based Kahn Design, which specialises in modifying a wide range of cars including Land Rovers, has launched what many are calling the ultimate Defender.
The coach-built Flying Huntsman 105 Longnose is an elongated Defender that boasts the kind of performance more often associated with a supercar.
A range of engine options are available but the most potent choice is a 6.2-litre V8 petrol engine delivering a blistering 450bhp.
Kahn Design’s new Defender has an extra 400mm of bodywork inserted into an elongated nose cone, just ahead of the windscreen.
Based on a Defender 90, the 105 element in the name reflects the vehicle’s longer wheelbase.
The 6.2-litre GM LS3 V8 engine drives a six-speed automatic gearbox operated by push-button controls and an upgraded braking and suspension system completes the engineering overhaul.
The exterior of the vehicle is augmented with a square sectioned wide arch body kit.
Kahn Design has described the 105 Longnose as “tougher, faster and more recognisable than any of its contemporaries”.
It added: “With an estimated 400-450bhp the explosive performance of the 105 Longnose Defender is a far cry from the stolid pulling power of the original. Built to tame even the hardiest terrain, this modern British icon is equally comfortable outrunning any road going 4×4.
“The Flying Huntsman marque signifies extreme power coupled with all terrain performance – a vehicle which can take you literally anywhere you need to go at speed and in safety.”
As with the original Defender, Kahn Design has revealed its 105 Longnose will be produced entirely in the UK.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but the company said it was expected to be in the region of £125,000 plus VAT. The new vehicle will be formally unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Afzal Kahn, chief executive and creative director of the Kahn Group, said: “The Defender is probably the most iconic and well-loved British vehicle in existence – I believe even more so than the Mini.
“The fact that Land Rover is retiring it is an absolute tragedy – it’s one of my top three all-time favourite vehicles.
“With the 105 Longnose I set out to create something fashionable, iconic and revolutionary which carries on the spirit of the Defender.