What’s the story?
With a budget of £150,000, you can do a lot with a Defender, especially if you’re based in Los Angeles, USA and have access to Icon 4x4 who specialize in re-engineering and transforming all sorts of vehicles to create unique interpretations of design classics, as Jérôme André has discovered.
Our favourite bit?
It has to be the engine. Who wouldn’t want to unleash that gorgeous 6.2-litre General Motors LS3 V8 engine, all 430bhp and 424lb ft of it?
And the verdict from LRO writer Jérôme André?
The performance and refinement are astounding. The torque is almost doubled and power is more than double the original’s. The modern, reactive autobox clicks through gears faster than any driver could on the old five-speed manual, while the firm suspension and wide BFG All-Terrain tyres impress, both on tarmac and off-road.
Model: NAS Defender 110
Engine: GM 6.2-litre LS3 V8
Power: 430bhp at 5700 rpm
Torque: 424lb ft at 4600rpm
Wheels: Twisted 18in alloys
Tyres: 285/65 R18 BF Goodrich ATs