Land Rover launched its utilitarian Defender 4x4 in 1948. Even the great company that is Land Rover couldn’t have imagined that, 70 years later, its design would still evoke the passion and draw the dedicated following that transcends social and geographical barriers that it does today.
The ARES Design Land Rover Defender is an extreme expression of the 4x4, offering power, poise, luxury and panache in one stunning package. It is a thoroughly re-engineered and redesigned vehicle.
The ARES Design makeover for the Land Rover Defender is significant but has retained the vehicle’s unmistakable, iconic looks.
Wider Fondmetal alloys wheels, shod with 305/70 R18 Cooper tyres give the car a muscular, athletic stance and required bespoke wheel arch extensions, created from carbon fibre in-house at ARES.
Once fitted, they transform the Defender’s rugged, go-anywhere appeal while a carbon bonnet and a significantly more high-tech and powerful set of lights complete the renovation.
/ Part of the bodywork has been redone using premium quality carbon fibre
/ Protections designed specifically for off-road vehicles composed of:
_ Front and rear bumpers for heavy duty use
_ Front side protection
_ Side steps
_ Reinforced front and rear recovery tow point
_ Warn’s front winch
/ New front and rear light units in LED technology
/ Original steel frame with side and cross members
/ 50mm lift kit suspension
The exterior of the ARES Design Land Rover Defender might seem to be the crowning glory but, actually, it’s the interior that really defines the bespoke luxury of the vehicle.
Buyers of this kind of unique car demand an interior that banishes the spartan, utilitarian nature of the original and replaces it with a lavish, sumptuous cockpit that cocoons its occupants.
That said, there needs to be a nod to practicality, so carpet has been deliberately eschewed in favour of stylish, but cheaper, plate aluminium flooring. It is partnered with the finest Italian leather and bespoke Recaro seats cradle occupants in supreme comfort, whilst also holding them firmly in place. Meanwhile, the dashboard has been transformed into one that befits a luxury off-roader.
Above your head, a Webasto sunroof allows the occupants to be bathed in light while, should you glance upwards, you will notice the fine leather roof-lining, providing the final touch of opulence.
_ Fully customised based on customer’s design request
_ Handcrafted artisan interior panels in leather, carbon and aluminium
_ Custom made carbon fibre sports steering wheel incorporating precious material inserts
_ Hi-Fi system with navigation and Bluetooth
At the heart of the ARES Design Land Rover Defender is an extensively reworked Land Rover V8 unit. Originally with a capacity of 4,552cc, an increased bore size means the powerplant now displaces 4,748cc and develops 282PS and 440Nm of torque.
An engine like that needs to breathe effectively so a bespoke exhaust manifold and a made-to-measure Milltek catalytic converter and exhaust system has been fitted, along with an ITG air intake.
Power is transmitted via a six-speed automatic transmission.
With performance improved so significantly, upgrades to the rest of the Defender are also required.
The ride height has been increased by approximately 50mm, with bespoke springs and heavy-duty Fox shock absorbers at the front and rear, plus recalibrated anti-roll bars.
To accompany the Defender’s new-found performance credentials, a set of AP Racing front brakes have been fitted complete with 362 x 32mm discs, clamped by six-piston AP calipers. Tasty.