When Land Rover launched its utilitarian 4×4 back in 1948 it couldn’t possibly have imagined that in 70 years’ time it would still have a dedicated following and an appeal that transcends social and geographical barriers. Everyone, it would seem, loves the Defender.
The ARES Land Rover Defender is an extreme expression of the 4×4, offering power, poise, luxury and panache in one stunning package. It is a thoroughly re-engineered example of what can be achieved with a keen eye for design coupled with engineering excellence.
Externally the ARES Defender has been given a significant makeover while retaining the original car’s unmistakable and iconic looks. Significantly wider Fondmetal alloy wheels fitted with 305/70 R18 Cooper off-road tyres have required bespoke wheel arch extensions which ARES manufactures in-house from carbon fibre. Once fitted they transform the Defender’s appearance, enhancing its rugged go-anywhere appeal. The ARES Defender also features a carbon bonnet along with lights that are signicantly more hi-tech and powerful than its original units.
Part of the bodywork has been redone using
premium quality carbon fibre
Protections designed specifically for off-road
vehicles composed of:
· Front and rear bumpers for heavy duty use
· Front side protection
· Side steps
· Reinforced front and rear recovery tow point
· Warn’s front winch
New front and rear light units in LED technology
Original steel frame with side and cross members
50mm lift kit suspension
While ARES’s engineering and exterior transformation already sets the Defender apart as a unique reinterpretation of the classic off-road theme, it’s perhaps inside the 4×4 that ARES’s designers have really shown their eye for detail in a luxury transformation. Buyers of this type of bespoke vehicle demand an interior that ditches the utilitarian feel of the original, replacing it with a lavish magnificence that can only come from a thorough makeover.
Yet at the same time there needs to be a nod towards practicality and for that reason carpet was deliberately eschewed in favour of stylish, yet modern chequer plate aluminium for the flooring of the ARES Defender, combined with swathes of the finest Italian leather, endowing the interior with the required sumptuousness. Bespoke leather-clad Recaro seats offer supreme comfort yet hold occupants firmly in place while the feeling of luxury is further enhanced by a dashboard that has been transformed into one fit for a bespoke luxury off-roader.
A Webasto sunroof enhances the interior’s new-found luxury, allowing the occupants to be bathed in light while the leather interior roof-lining provides the final touch of opulence.
Fully customised based on customer’s design request
Handcrafted artisan interior panels in leather, carbon and aluminium
Custom made carbon fibre sports steering wheel incorporating precious material inserts
Hi fi system with navigation and bluetooth
At the heart of the ARES DESIGN for the Defender is an upgraded engine, an extensively reworked Land Rover V8 that originally had a capacity of 4,552cc. Thanks to an increase in bore size (now 96mm, up from 94mm) the powerplant now displaces 4,748cc and develops 282PS and 440Nm of torque. Ensuring that this superlative engine can breathe effectively it now features a bespoke exhaust manifold and a made to measure Milltek catalytic converter and exhaust system along with an ITG air intake. Power is transmitted via a six-speed automatic transmission. Naturally enough performance is significantly improved and requires upgrades to the rest of the Defender.
To accompany the Defender’s imposing looks it has had its ride height increased by approximately 50mm and features bespoke springs coupled with heavy duty Fox shock absorbers front and rear and revised and recalibrated anti-roll bars. To accompany the Defender’s new- found performance potential are a set of AP Racing front brakes featuring 362x32mm discs clamped by six-piston AP callipers.