To make the Huntsman Longnose 105, Kahn Group’s coach-building division Ant-Kahn will stretch the chassis of a Defender 90 forward of the bulkhead by 400mm (15 ¾ inches), and swap the standard TDCi with an almighty 550bhp 6.2-litre V8 General Motors LS3 engine.
Handling the power will be a six-speed auto ‘box operated by push-button controls. Uprated diffs are part of the package, and other road users will be pleased to know that there’s also an uprated ‘race-derived braking system’.
Expect styling options to borrow from current Chelsea models (hand-trimmed racing seats, for example, and those wide wing panels) with a sprinkling of new spangles: a new front bumper, sump guard, and 16in or 18in alloy wheels.
The company promises that ‘the Huntsman Longnose 105 is sure to be the ultimate get away vehicle,’ and they might be right about that: with more than four times the bhp of a standard 122bhp TDCi, and something like twice the torque (around 550 lb ft torque rather than 265 lb ft), expect the Longnose to go like stink.
But at £89,995, it’s going to cost about three times as much as a standard high-spec 90. Only 49 are going to be made, so if you want one... good luck.
Visit www.chelseatruckcompany.com for more information.