NEWS ARES Design De­fender

Ares Design give the out­go­ing De­fender a makeover with a range that in­cludes a su­per­charged V8 en­gine

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WORK­ING IN con­junc­tion with JE Mo­tor­works ARES will build 53 ex­am­ples of its De­fender. At the heart of their cre­ation will be an ex­ten­sively re­worked Land Rover V8 mated to a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. Thanks to an in­crease in bore size, the en­gine now dis­places 4748cc and de­vel­ops 282 bhp and 325 lb-ft of torque. There is also a su­per­charged ver­sion based on a dis­place­ment of 4698 cc and has a whop­ping 475 bhp (torque TBD).

To ac­com­pany the ARES De­fender’s im­pos­ing looks – cre­ated in part thanks to its new heavy-duty bumpers, side steps, wider Fond­metal al­loy wheels, car­bon wheel arch ex­ten­sions and bon­net and LED lights – its ride height has in­creased by 50 mm. This is thanks to a set of be­spoke JE Mo­tor­works springs, which when com­bined with Fox shocks and re­vised anti-roll bars is said to im­prove off-road ca­pa­bil­ity, while a big brake kit from AP Rac­ing helps to reign in the ex­tra power.

Inside ARES’ de­sign­ers have re­ally shown their eye for de­tail in a lux­ury trans­for­ma­tion that con­sists of che­quer plate alu­minium floor­ing, Re­caro seats and hand­crafted pan­els in leather, car­bon and alu­minium.

Quoted to be the “finest ex­am­ple of the be­spoke De­fender off-roader on the mar­ket to­day”, the ARES Design mod­els also come at a price – from be­tween 200,000 and 250,000 euros, which begs the ques­tion, is any­one go­ing to at­tempt a sen­si­bly-priced im­proved ver­sion of the De­fender?

Ital­ian coach builders have given the De­fender a bonkers makeover

Swathes of leather, car­bon and alu­minium trans­form the in­te­rior

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