This $400,000 Overfinch V8 Defender Soft-Top is Our Kind Of SUV
Overfinch is well known for modifying Land Rovers, especially the Defender but its latest creation is right up our alley in terms of automotive taste. They have basically remastered a classic Defender soft-top and garnished it with a great big V8 along with a modern interior. The previous Defender wasn’t exactly well known for its ergonomics or even its performance but all that has been solved to some extent with some tasteful modifications by Overfinch. Part of the Overfinch Heritage division, this singular example of the 110 Defender is based upon an original 1992 model and has been carefully taken through the restomod process or ‘remastering’.
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An Overfinch ebony mohair tonneau cover with removable back makes this an ideal summer’s day cruiser along with the ‘satin Obsidian Black’ paint job providing an air of menace. The design has been overhauled with bespoke components including a SVX style front grille and light surrounds in Santorini Black, all new LED headlamps/tail-lamps, BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres wrapped around 18-inch Apollo alloy wheels, new electric wing mirrors with turn signals, Overfinch billet aluminium door exterior door handles finished in Black Chrome and more.
The real deal though is what’s underneath that bonnet with a GM LT1 6.2 V8 crate engine with Overfinch carbon engine covers. It is all about excess power with the old brute getting around 471 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque to play with along with a GM 8L90 8-speed automatic transmission. Performance brakes, bigger anti-rollbars, an upgraded front & rear differential along with updated springs/dampers also make sure that the rest of the car matches up to all that firepower.
The folks at Overfinch also turned around the SUV’s interior as it has been dipped in proper luxury thanks to diamond quilt ebony leather with contrast cirrus stitching along with Recaro Sportster front seats. Soft-touch leather has been draped everywhere and even the steering wheel and the digital instrument cluster is all new.
Some modern amenities have been introduced as well including a 7-inch Alpine touch screen with Bluetooth audio and both Apple car play or android auto. The audio system is built around a Sirius XM & AM/FM radio receiver, with upgraded interior speakers and a slimline subwoofer. Heated front seats and a heated windscreen as well as rear camera system will further make your every commute a pleasant one amidst that glorious V8 burble.
Hence, with all these mods, the car does somewhat try to justify its eyebrow rising price tag of $419,990 and while it is several times more expensive than the new Defender, it sure has found a place in our dream garage.
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