The Defender May Be Dead, But That Didn't Stop This Tuner From Making It Awesome

This makes us wonder why the Defender had to die.

Production of the Land Rover Defender may have ended, but that hasn't stopped UK-based tuning company JE Motorworks from creating a completely badass Defender called the Zulu². The base Defender was not exactly fast, so JE Motorworks gave the new Zulu² a 4.7-liter V8 from the Jaguar-Land Rover group. Aside from looking positively epic in the engine bay, this setup gives the Zulu² 475 horsepower. No 0-60 time has been announced, but it will definitely beat the 14-second base Defender's time.

JE Motorworks didn't just upgrade the engine either. New dampers, lowering springs, and a limited-slip differential complement the increased power. The Zulu² also features upgrades brakes and an electronic handbrake. Aesthetically, the Zulu² has been given custom badging, custom intakes and vents, LED lights and an aluminum grill. The interior has also been festooned with soft leather, heated seats, and additional sound-proofing. Just 25 examples of the Zulu² will be build at a cost of around $214,000. That is a steep price for what is essentially a fast military vehicle with leather, but damn this thing looks cool!

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