Bowler Extreme is a gnarly new conversion by the Derbyshire-based Land Rover subsidiary.
The Bowler Extreme will be built alongside the firm's Bulldog, but motorsport is not aim of the game. This is a more off-road biased version of Bowler’s existing Fast Road conversions, and aims to ‘showcase the knowledge and expertise Bowler has gained from decades of off-road competition’.
Bowler has been modifying Land Rovers for high-speed off-road use since 1985, and was bought by Land Rover in 2019. This year’s 2022 Bowler Defender Challenge uses new-shape Defender 90s modified by Bowler specifically for the purpose, and their V6-powered Bowler Bulldog has been making earth-shattering noises since 2016.
Bowler is not selling already-built versions of the Bowler Extreme. It’s available on a commission-only basis, so if you want one, you’ll need to book one of a limited number of build slots. Bowler can source a donor Defender, or you can supply your own – in any wheelbase you like.
Bowler showcased the Extreme conversion with a 110 this week at Caffeine and Machine (the multi-faceted Warwickshire petrolhead venue). There’s a hint of ‘Spectre’ Defender look-alikes here – inevitable perhaps for any Double Cab on big mud terrains with beadlockers and an external roll cage.
How 'extreme' is the Bowler Extreme?
The huge ground clearance is thanks to 35in BFGoodrich tyres, housed within Bowler’s Bulldog wheelarch kit, and underneath is a bespoke suspension set-up with a 2in lift. Braking is also uprated, with larger discs front and rear and Alcon four-pot calipers.
Bowler’s own recovery points, rear step, perforated bumper and sill protectors give the signature lightweight and heavy duty appearance.
As for the drivetrain, the Bowler Extreme uses the firm’s Fast Road conversion beneath a vented bonnet. With a modified ECU and uprated intercooler, 175bhp and a meaty 450Nm can be wrung from the 4cyl TDCi diesel.
And Bowler has also addressed interior comfort and quietness. Inside there’s a bespoke trim, soundproofing and carpets, with a Momo steering wheel, Recaro seats, double-DIN stereo and a few other goodies. Billet aluminium features include the handles, vents and Optimill door hinges.
Prices depend on the type and age of the donor Defender, and haven't been announced. (The Fast Road conversion is priced from £20k, including VAT and labour.)