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 Fu­sionMo­

Fu­sion Mo­tor Co’s LS3-pow­ered 110 De­fender.

In­te­rior gets lux two-tone leather treat­ment.

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