This is no ordinary Land Rover Defender 110 – ECD (East Coast Defender) made it into a bespoke, all-new monster – and I get to drive it!
If you ever wondered what the ultimate off-road and urban vehicle is; this Defender 110 may be it. Seriously, if you think about crossing the capability of a Wrangler, with the luxury of a G-Wagon, this specially built Defender 110 may be what you get. On top of that, it’s rare. This Defender 110 was rebuilt from the frame up. Every component is new or refurbished.
I should mention that every project gets a name – this one is called PROJECT URBAN APOCALYPSE!
EDC pulled the 110’s old lump out and replaced it with a 563 horsepower LS3+ V8 that’s hooked up to a and six-speed automatic transmission. To say the engine improves performance would be an understatement. It’s a full-on rocket, feeling a bit like the (recently tested) Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392. This model has seating space for up to eight
Building a bespoke Defender 110
East Coast Defender (ECD), in Kissimmee, Florida built the ECD Land Rover Defender 110 for a client following their exact specifications. This client got to choose the body, frame, interior, exterior, suspension, powertrain, and nearly every conceivable component that can be attached. It is a bespoke vehicle from the ground up. That includes the air suspension and the wild SAS-themed interior.
The process is fascinating. Over the course of about a year, the ECD client’s vehicle completes a journey that requires around 2,200 man-hours. On top of that, the client is constantly fed video updates on where the vehicle is, during production.
This isn’t a cheap resto-mod. These types of transformations range from over $180,000 – well into the $300,000 range… Remember, the entire thing is built by hand. So, when they dragged the chassis from the UK (where most of their platforms come from) they had to yank everything and start from the ground up.
Each station: frame/running gear, electronics, interior, quality control – etc. is given five days to finish their part before the vehicle moves on to the next bay. Each station has five men, most of which are ASE certified. In most cases, the station is fitting components that have already been completed by a separate craftsperson or were outsourced (frame restoration, engines, and whatnot). Still, most of the work happens in-house.
The end product
When all is said and done, the final product is presented to the customer. So far, well over 300 builds have been completed by ECD, and they give the client a two-year warranty. On top of that, the powertrain can be serviced at most GM service locations.
Speaking of powertrains – there are a bunch to choose from. You can opt to have a rebuilt Rover engine, a diesel, several GM V8s and now, a Tesla-sourced powertrain. Oh, and they can give you a manual transmission in certain configurations.
At the end of the day, the client gets a completely unique vehicles, one that has the potential of being bonkers on the street, and a maniac off-road. All this, while you’re pampered with a modern interior and ride.
You’ve got to check one out!