If you missed out on the limited-edition high-performance version of the Defender produced by Land Rover in 2018, then here’s some good news. HIMALAYA is creating clones of that build, and making them available to the public.
The 2018 Defender was limited to just 150 examples and was only built for the UK market. The car was meant as a celebration of Land Rover’s 70th anniversary, and it paid homage to the high-powered engines that were used in both the Series III Stage 1 V8 and the Defenders made for the 50th Anniversary Edition. For their clone of the Defender, HIMALAYA is using an LS3 engine that put out 525 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque. You can also get the Defender with a Cummins diesel engine or have them keep the original Land Rover engine in the rig. The engine mates with a six-speed automatic transmission. They also used a custom chassis that they get from a U.K. supplier. The brakes, suspension, and interior fittings are all upgraded. Fox shocks are installed and pair with 18-inch alloy wheels covered in BFGoodrich A/T K02 tires. Despite being a clone, the Defender isn’t painted in any of Land Rover’s heritage colours. Instead, HIMALAYA went for a deep red with gloss black accents. Inside, it’s two-tone white and black.
“Over its seven decades of existence, the Defender has unequivocally become one of the best trucks ever made with a design that collectors all over the world have appreciated driving on and off-road. As the Defender celebrates seventy years of existence, HIMALAYA wanted to craft a custom truck that pays homage to Land Rover’s 70th anniversary Defender design while also minimizing some of the compromises to performance and comfort when it comes to classic restorations.” There are definitely no comfort compromises here. The Defender comes completely outfitted with modern tech, including a touch screen with Bluetooth, USB, and HDMI support. Buyers also get LED markers, heated seats, and heat-reducing window tints.