Custom Land Rover Defender Pair by GAS and Undefeated Offers Posh Overlanding

When the new Land Rover Defender launched in 2020, the main complaint most people had was that it had lost the ruggedness and simplicity of the original. To put it in other words, it had become too posh.

But then again, “posh” seems like a perfectly normal adjective for something coming from the United Kingdom, doesn’t it? Don’t they all drink tea all day and say “dear me” over there anyway? If someone was to make a posh SUV, certainly it would have to be a British brand.

Well, the thing with the new Defender is that it’s only truly luxurious when you compare it to the older model. Next to any other premium machine on the market, the best way you could describe its interior is smart-functional (you can blame the fashion industry for this type of fancy compound words if you don’t like them).

Ironically enough, the SUV built in Slovakia (where Jaguar Land Rover owns a plant) had to travel all the way to Los Angeles to get what could very well be the poshest makeover so far. The transformation came courtesy of Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) and Undefeated, two brands local in the City of Angels that had never worked together until this project.

Their work has already been on display at last year’s L.A. Auto Show, so if this feels familiar, stick around for some more details as well as the high-quality photos – about as high as the effort put into making these two vehicles. If you go through the list of modifications – which we’ll do in a second – you’ll see it’s not about quantity, but rather the attention to detail and the careful choosing of the right design, accessory, or material.

So, we’re looking at two 2021 Defenders, one of the 90 variety, with its shorter wheelbase, and one of the longer 110 (soon to become medium once the 130 gets out) type. Both use the P400 hybrid powertrain which is by far the best option for this model mating a small electric motor to a butter-smooth straight-six twin-turbo engine. This setup mixes massive amounts of power (395 hp and 406 lb-ft / 550 Nm, the latter available from as low as 2,000 rpm) and almost perfectly silent running, something a diesel could never do.

When it comes to starting trim levels, the stubbier SUV gets slightly ahead since it’s a “First Edition” whereas the 110 one is just a SE. Not that any of it matters now after the two American companies – one specializing in car customization and the other in stylish apparel – have had their way with them.

The first thing you’ll notice is the wheels, both vehicles sporting sets of Forgiato Custom “Steelies” with a 19-inch diameter finished in a creamy Ivory paint. They’re not exactly what people refer to when they talk about steel rims, but they sure make the two custom paint jobs stand out. The 90 Defender gets a fresh coat of Galpin Auto Sports’ custom “Jaguar Green” while the 110 one sports its blue equivalent (“Jaguar Blue”). Both SUVs’ roofs were painted to match the wheels.

On the inside, the two vehicles get GAS’ beige Parchment leather upholstery with either “navy houndstooth” or “beach towel” inserts, both of which look equally cool. We’re not so sure about the houndstooth one but the beach towel certainly makes a lot of sense since the 90 Defender has a clear surfing theme (something it definitely had to travel to California for).

The “Jaguar Green” short wheelbase SUV also has an intricate shelving system in the trunk that includes a biometric safe (to leave your important stuff in while you enjoy the waves), as well as a roof rack with surfboard attachment, an awning for shade during those hot summer days, and a road shower to get the sand off your feet before climbing in.

Over on the “Jaguar Blue” side, the 110 Defender has been kitted as a premium overlanding vehicle, sporting a slide-out kitchen with stove and sink, a refrigerator, a rooftop tent, and a roof-mounted 270-degree awning.

Neither of these two custom builds is particularly practical, but they do serve their purpose of drawing attention toward the pair of companies involved in the conversion, if not toward the third one that actually built the SUVs they’re based on as well. It’s something to whet your appetite and get you in the mood for customizing your car. Or buying a Defender. Or going surfing. Or cooking in nature. It depends, I guess.

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Lumma Design Widebody 2021 Land Rover Defender Looks Pretty Tacky

Made in Slovakia instead of the United Kingdom with a unitary construction instead of a ladder frame, the L663 polarizes opinion. But as far as the styling is concerned, we can all agree that Land Rover’s new Defender looks like a Defender. Some customers, however, want more visual pizazz that often translates to eyesores like this particular build.

CLR LD is how Lumma Design calls the “refinement program” in the photo gallery. The makeover starts with a selection of 19- to 23-inch wheels fitted with off-road, all-season, or summer-only performance tires. The rubber shoes are complemented by tack-on extensions for the wheel arches that are designed to fit the pumped-up side skirts and both of the bumpers.

Performance spacers highlight the double-spoke wheels, and this is where the good part of the visual package comes to a conclusion. The ugly part kicks off with a hood attachment with a fake grille, LUMMA CLR LD written in uppercase letters where DEFENDER used to be, and a front grille that looks eerily similar to the radiator in your bathroom. The front spoiler attachment, rear apron, and fender air vents are pretty questionable as well.

40 millimeters (1.6 inches) wider than stock, the spruced-up Defender also stands out with the help of tailpipe finishers a roof panel that integrates a couple of spotlights to emphasize the off-road character of the gentle giant. Lumma Design hasn’t published any photographs of the interior, but the aftermarket specialist from Winterlingen is much obliged to reupholster and retrim the cabin to your heart’s content as long as the price is right.

Because no CLR LD is the same, Lumma Design hasn’t mentioned any pricing info for the visual package or any individual item. To whom it may concern, a brand-new Defender starts at €52,500 euros in Germany where the tuner is based. Back home in the United Kingdom and over in the United States, make that £44,210 and $47,700 for the turbo four-cylinder 90 version.


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British Farmer Tests 2021 Land Rover Defender, Has Only One Gripe With It

The generic British farmer is supposedly the prime target for the Land Rovers Defender, or at least that’s how it’s been with the off-roader’s previous generation. So, after hearing what automotive journalists and YouTube influencers think of the new model, how about listening to the opinion of those it was created for?

Well, to be fair, Harry is a bit of all three combined. He’s one of the people who founded the world-renowned British car magazine “evo” back in 1998, so he’s got the journalist part covered. He runs not one but two YouTube channels (maybe even more that we don’t know about) with a combined 500k subscribers, so he’s a decently sized YouTube figure. Finally, Harry owns a 2,000-acre (810-hectare) farm where he grows things like wheat and rapeseed, so he qualifies as a farmer too.

He also appears to be James May’s long-lost relative, sharing the same tone of voice, inflections, and accent as the more famous Grand Tour co-presenter. So, what that all means is he’s knowledgeable and pleasant to listen to, which is more than anyone could ever ask.

On to the 2021 Land Rover Defender (a pretty highly-specced P400 110, in this case, though not the HSE), you won’t be surprised to hear that Harry quite likes it. He owns a Series One Land Rover and a Range Rover, so, as you’d expect from a British farmer and car enthusiast, he’s no stranger to Land Rover products.

That means he can appreciate a good one when he sees it, and he seems to think the new Defender qualifies as such. Like so many people before him, though, Harry too is baffled by the price tag. Granted, you can have the Defender in a lower trim level and with a simpler, two-liter gasoline turbocharged engine (this one has a straight-six turbo with mild hybrid technology), which would lower the price, but as it stands, the SUV can easily go over the $100,000 milestone.

As Harry puts it, that’s more than a Discovery and damn near close to a Range Rover Sport. And all from what was once the brand’s workhorse. Well, we should get used to the fact it’s now become Land Rover’s workunicorn and just get over it. Harry seems to have. He’s planning on getting one to replace his Range Rover, but he’s waiting for the D300 diesel hybrid.


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