Forbidden Fruit: 475-HP Supercharged JE Motorworks Land Rover Defender
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This is not the first time we’ve seen a hot-rodded Land Rover Defender, having seen most recently the Twisted LS3-powered Defender, as well as any number of Eastern European “tuned” examples in varying degrees of tastefulness or performance. However, JE MotorWorks’ example is one we’d love to get behind the wheel of. Unfortunately, since the late ’90s, the Defender has not been legal for sale in the U.S., so you’d have to experience it on the other side of the Atlantic. Whereas the blokes at Twisted relied on good ol’ Yankee cubic inches to give their Defender a shot in the arm, JE MotorWorks decided to stick with proper British mill in the form of the Jaguar Land Rover 5.0L supercharged V-8, making a formidable 475 hp in this application.
Dubbed the Zulu2 Super Defender, the stonking mill is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. If you are somehow able to work through the byzantine import and federalization requirements, JE does offer the Zulu2 in right- or left-hand drive. Like so many desirable things in life, the Zulu2 comes at a price. In this case, that price is the equivalent of between $196,000-$235,000. While that’s a jolly stiff price, it’s right in the ballpark of a Range Rover Autobiography or top-line Mercedes G-Wagen. If you have the means, desire, and the right postal code to own one of these masterpieces, you can learn more at www.jeengineering.co.uk.
Source: JE MotorWorks