Added practicality is always welcome.
When Land Rover revealed its modern reinterpretation of the classic Defender, we all knew that most buyers wouldn't fully utilize its extraordinary off-road capabilities, and that has been proven true by the introduction of a plug-in hybrid model that is more likely to be seen on city streets than on dusty trails. Then there are those who have chosen to customize the Defender with lewd body kits and lurid paint jobs. Still, there are some out there who appreciate adventure and like using the Defender for its intended purpose - going beyond where the road ends. Still, as capable as the Defender is, it's not a massive vehicle. But if you need more storage space, a South African company called Front Runner has a solution.
The company has created a new roof rack built specifically for the Defender 110, but this isn't the first time we've heard of this company either. In the past, Front Runner has also added its touch to a hardcore Porsche Cayenne. With the Defender's roof rack, called Slimline II, Front Runner says that you can "incorporate over 55 accessories for any type of adventure". The roof rack system is made of T6 aluminum with a 3CR12 stainless steel mounting system that is epoxy coated to withstand the battering of rain and sun that such a system is typically exposed to.
The kit also includes a wind deflector so as to minimize fuel economy losses, while OEM mounting points ensure that you don't have to risk a leak in your roof. It seems well made and light, but what does it cost? Well, if you want Front Runner's roof rails, the full kit costs $1,465 while another kit is available that allows you to use the OEM rails. This option is a little more affordable, with an MSRP of $975. It's available from this week and can be ordered through the company's website or one of its local dealers. As far as aftermarket additions go, this one is fine by us.