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

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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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