Florida's East Coast Defender (ECD) has been doing God's work keeping the iconic SUV alive – and in the States – long after Land Rover itself has given up. The company recently completed its latest custom creation, a $225,000 Corris Grey Defender 110 dubbed Project XIII.
The stealthy looking vehicle began life as a rare 1993 NAS (North American Spec) model, one of only 500 built for the U.S. market. But this one has an extra kick in the form of a GM 6.2-liter V-8 engine rated at 430 hp, giving it the same juice as a Corvette Stingray.
Hand-built in ECD’s 18,000 square-foot “Rover Dome” facility, Project XIII rides on 18-inch Boost Alloys fitted with 32.5" BFGoodrich Radial All-Terrain KO2 tires. That's on top of a full external rollcage and a Massi rear ladder, a custom Zunsport grille, KBX fender wings and grille/headlamp surrounds and a Warn winch for some serious safari style.
The luxurious interior was "crafted to maximize comfort, convenience, and durability." It features a nine-passenger configuration with custom-stitched leather upholstery and Corbeau sport seats up front. The badass black leather theme carries through to the Momo steering wheel and Puma-upholstered dashboard.
The Rover's lack of creature comforts has been seen to as well, with power windows and remote-activated door locks, heated windshields front and rear, and reverse sensors and a back-up camera. ECD upgraded the infotainment system with an Alpine touch-screen LCD display with Bluetooth and GPS navigation mated to a super-premium 13-speaker JBL system with an extra subwoofer.
Which might just drown out the sound of everyone else drooling....