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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V8-Powered Land Rover Defender Spec 1.2 Is a Carbon-Clad Widebody Titan

Ares Design’s gifted auto specialists are no strangers to the aftermarket realm. Since the company’s relatively recent birth, the Italian craftsmen never failed to amaze gearheads with their fascinating works of mechanical art.

A few of Ares’ most notable undertakings have honored the autoevolution pages with their presence, including a bespoke Porsche 911 Turbo with 425 hp on tap and a Tesla Model S-based convertible masterpiece. As you examine these beasts, it’s fairly safe to conclude that Modena’s experts mean business.

Given the fact that we can’t seem to get enough of this firm’s surreal wizardry (and I’ll bet you feel the same), we’d say a closer look at their Land Rover Defender Spec 1.2 is a welcome feat. At the end of the day, transforming an undistinguished previous-gen Defender into a V8-powered monstrosity with eerie vibes is no walk in the park. In fact, I encourage you to sit down and take a deep breath because this bad boy will make you weak at the knees.

In Stock form, the SUV is brought to life by a 2.2-liter turbodiesel inline-four engine with four valves per cylinder head and a healthy compression ratio of 15.6:1. At about 3,500 rpm, the mill produces as much as 121 hp along with a respectable torque output of up to 266 pound-feet (361 Nm) at 2,000 revs. This oomph is distributed to all four wheels by means of a six-speed manual transmission, enabling the Defender to reach a top speed of 90 mph (145 kph).

Now that we’ve covered the standard vehicle’s main characteristics, let’s proceed with a thorough analysis of Ares Design’s leviathan. The very first thing you’ll notice is a sinister widebody kit that manages to look just about as rad as it gets. At the front, the new bodywork consists of a carbon fiber grille that doubles up as a headlight housing for the car’s new LED items, as well as a beefy hood with integrated air inlets.

On the flanks, we spot a set of muscular fender flares arching over the tuner’s rugged 18-inch five-spoke hoops. To add even more visual bulk, Italy’s pros went about installing a stealthy pair of tubular side steps in between. Furthermore, the colossus also received enlarged rear windows, a panoramic roof, and circular LED taillights to round out (no pun intended) the cosmetic pizzazz.

Inside, the cabin has been meticulously reupholstered with top-grade leather, but the use of premium materials doesn’t end there. An assortment of carbon fiber trimmings tastefully complements the new upholstery, while a state-of-the-art infotainment system supporting both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto adorns the dashboard. Ares’ high-tech goodness is concluded by an engine start-stop button, electric windows, and heated side mirrors hosting fresh turn signals.

Last but not least, the Defender’s humble 2.2-liter turbodiesel powerplant has been discarded in favor of a naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V8 behemoth producing no less than 282 wild ponies and 324 pound-feet (440 Nm) of twist. To ensure the additional force is handled with ease, the V8 predator has been coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox. On the other hand, stopping power is taken good care of by six-piston calipers from AP Racing.

The finishing touch comes in the form of a suspension lift kit, which increases the SUV’s ground clearance by 1.4 inches (35 mm). Should you be looking to purchase your own Defender Spec 1.2, Ares Design claims that your order will be delivered in approximately three months. However, pricing information remains undisclosed at the time of this publication.


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