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The beauty of the Defender is that they’re so easy to improve and customize to individual needs and wants. Let’s face it, the standard machine provides plenty of room for improvement. This adaptability has driven the huge rise in popularity of tuned, tweaked and glamorized Defenders.
Since June 2013, there’s been a new player in the market, Nurburg Cars, of Milton Keynes. Company boss Simon Dearn intended to focus on the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport market, but after building and rapidly selling two upgraded Defenders he realized that the real business opportunity perhaps lay at the other end of the market.
Starting with a standard Defender 90 or 110, Nurburg Cars transforms it with a range of upgrades and embellishments. This particular Urban Truck is a bit special. Known as the Ultimate it’s been created as a showcase vehicle to demonstrate just what can be done but still stay below the £50,000 mark.
Our favourite bit?
By far the coolest thing about this Defender is its electronically adjustable dampers, controlled by a simple switch in the cab. The Bilstein B16 Ridecontrol kit allows you to select a firm ‘sports’ mode or a more compliant ‘comfort’ mode. The 50mm lower springs firm-up the standard ride by themselves. Add in the extra control of the clever dampers and the upgraded Bilstein steering damper, and the difference is stark.
And the verdict from LRO writer Mark Saville?
‘Lowered Defenders may not be your thing. But you have to take your hat off to a new company that’s set out to make them more affordable, especially when you see the quality of the finish. I was impressed with the adjustable suspension; it’s just what the next Defender needs – a dual-purpose setup for a dual-purpose vehicle.’
Engine: 2.2TDCi diesel l Power: 160bhp @ 3500rpm l Torque: 317lb ft @ 2000rpm l Springs: Eibach 50mm lower l Dampers: Bilstein B16 Ridecontrol