The LT1-powered Land Rover Defender is a must-see in the Lamborghini Verde Mantis


Say hello to the only Land Rover Defender of its kind painted in the bright shade of Verde Mantis, taken directly from the Lamborghini palette.

This particular defender was sent to ECD Automotive Design for a massive overhaul before spending the first 25 years of his life as a work vehicle in the UK. We had no idea how much the overhaul cost but it was clearly not cheap.

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ECD Automotive Design has begun its work by overhauling Defender’s powertrain. Gone are the standard engines and replaced by a GM-sourced 6.2-liter naturally ambitious LT1 V8 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine is good for 450 hp and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) of torque and can deliver off-roader speeds of 60 mph (96 km / h) in a respectable six seconds. Complementing the new engine are powerful axles, adjustable air ride suspension, Brembo brakes and Borla stainless steel exhaust.

For the exterior, it not only has a Verde Mantis finish but also a matte version of an attractive paint color. A black convertible roof in contrast to the green. The tuner has slotted ear wheels, a classic Land Rover grille, a front bumper with LED daytime running lights and a new rear bumper. There is also a multi-point roll cage, swing away wheel carrier and full-length side steps.

The interior has also been overhauled so the off-roader now has a 2 + 2 + 2 layout. In the front and rear rows are the desired heated Recaro Cross Sportstar CS seats dressed in white leather. Defender also plays white leather across dashboards, door panels and transmission tunnels. Black rubber mats are also available everywhere, such as a Nordy Challenge steering wheel, new gauge, a Sony infotainment system, Infinity Kappa speakers, and technical features such as Bluetooth, WiFi, reversing sensors, front and rear cameras, blindspot assistants and wireless. Charging.

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