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The Land Rover Defender is known to many car enthusiasts and restoration specialists as the vehicle that can go anywhere up to the ends of Earth. It was first built as a small but swift cargo vehicle that can transport military gear to the farthest places where the fighting was most intense. It was also designed and conceived as a vehicle that can pass through the toughest terrain on the battlefield where the destination is surrounded by minefields and under heavy fire.

Today, the SUV remains popular among believers and lovers of the good ole overland all-terrain car. Some of them have even opted to splash some glamour on their 4x4s. If you want to know what they’ve done so far, here are some suggested savvy upgrades that have already been done on a restored Defender. These upgrades will certainly make your car look gorgeous.

Match Your Exteriors And Interiors With Luxury

One of the best upgrades you can do to your Defender is to match your exteriors and interiors with the look of any one of your luxury cars. If you have one or several luxury cars, you can restore your Defender to match with one of the vehicles. There are vehicle restoration companies that are very skilled, experienced, and capable of making a restored Defender look stylish and grand. After all, there’s nothing like the old go-to machine of the US military that has no time to die and that’s turned into a match or twin of the unique and luxury vehicles in your collection. 

For example, a renowned vehicle restoration specialist has done an impressive work on twinning a modern custom Defender 110 with the client’s McLaren vehicle. The custom Defender was modified to take on a shocking red interior, which was so similar in look and feel to its McLaren sibling. 

The specialists did a lot of modifications to the body of the Defender 110. They put on a racer style front bumper on the Defender to give it the frontal look of a McLaren racing machine. They also added a full Kahn body kit to complete the stylish reprisal of its McLaren sibling. 

For the interiors, they were able to create a shocking contrast between the eggshell Quantum grey exterior colour of the Defender and its brand-new interior look. They used Spinneybeck Carmen Red & Prime Meridian upholstery to splash the interiors with red. 

The final look gives you the feel of going into a glitzy nightclub for a fast and furious ride.

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Rev The Engine Power

Land Rover Defender River Crossing

A team of Defender specialists worked on an old Defender and replaced its original engine with an LS3 V8 under its bonnet. It took the team of specialists — who had decades of experience working on Defenders — several months of planning, design, and engineering. 

They worked on the Corvette engine to make the small-block machine mover into what they wanted for the Defender. The result of this project was a timeless classic Defender with a Corvette engine under it that could rival any off-road vehicle today. 

The project made a lot of waves and headlines in the luxury Defender world. It even started a movement among enthusiasts to swap their engines with the V8. The ECD team, which built the V8 Defender, came up with the blueprint for the seamless installation of V8 engines on Defenders. They made the restoration easier from that point on for other customers. What they achieved sparked renewed interest in manufacturing new Defenders.

The team was also able to secure nationwide service through the engine warranty that they were able to get from GM. Owing to this unprecedented success, they made the LS3 engine the standard for all company custom Defender projects moving forward.

Gear Up For Camping

Land Rover Defender 110
Camping with Land Rover Defender

Finally, one of the other great things you can do with your Defender is taking it camping. Since the Defender can go anywhere, it’s the perfect vehicle to gear up for camping and the great outdoors. A vehicle that can climb steep mountain roads, drive through thick forests and shrubs, and cross waterbodies all so effortlessly, the Defender is the most reliable thing to carry your tent. 

This was done in a project that installed a Cascadia Vehicle Tent (CVT) Mt. Shasta Summit proof-tent on a

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By: Joseph Low
Title: 3 Savvy Upgrades To Make Your Car Look Luxurious
Sourced From: www.luxuo.com/cars/automobile/3-savvy-upgrades-to-make-your-car-look-luxurious.html
Published Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 09:07:54 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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