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Bespoke US luxury car re-manufacturer Fusion Motor Company has created what for many Land Rover enthusiasts would be the Ultimate Defender 110 – one powered by a high-performance ‘ Murica-built LS3 V8! Best known, so far anyway, for their ‘Gone In 60 Seconds’ tribute “Eleanor” Mustang fastback, the company has just finished and started marketing a special Defender 110 equipped with an LS3 Corvette powertrain. “Defenders are some of the most ruggedly distinctive vehicles ever made,” says Fusion President Yoel Wazana. “Still, the original vehicle is unrefined by current standards. Thanks to ( the US’s) 25-year import law, Fusion is able to source donor vehicles worldwide and recreate them to the standard that our luxury and exotic-car customers have come to expect.” The company’s builds retain the factory attitude and worthwhile original attributes but everything else is replaced with modern technology. From the outside, there’s no mistaking a Defender 110 for anything else. Under the hood, however, the factory 3.9L Rover petrol engine – rooted in a 1960’s GM 215-cid Buick V8 – is replaced by a 320kW ( 430hp) 6.2L LS3 V8 engine mated to a GM 6L80 6-speed automatic transmission which in turn has been adapted to the Land Rover LT230 full-time transfer case. Should Defender customers want a part-time system, however, Fusion can replace the factory geartrain components with an aftermarket Atlas transfer case and custom heavy-duty axles. The suspension front and rear is upgraded with Fox 2.0 monotube shocks, the front pair mounted in tubular front shocks turrets. Tyres meanwhile are LT285/ 65R18 Nitto Ridge Grappler A/ Ts. Inside it’s all about comfort, all seven seats upholstered in premium ebony/ tan leather and a 1,000-watt Pioneer Infotainment System with Apple Carplay, piano-black centre fascia, ebony black carpets and floor mats, leather sport steering wheel, and black suede headliner completed the luxury makeover. The Fusion Motor Company is now taking orders for bespokebuilt Land Rover Defenders. For more information, please contact Fusion Motor Company at ( 818) 773- 8181 or FusionMotorCo.com.
Fusion Motor Co’s LS3-powered 110 Defender.
Interior gets lux two-tone leather treatment.
Badge says it all.