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Arkonik Reveals Its Latest Project: The Land Rover Defender FORCE D110

Posted in News on August 8, 2017
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Contributors: Ben Albano

Land Rover terminated production of its legendary Defender in 2016 after an unprecedented 68 years. The good news is Land Rover’s cease in production of its iconic Defender hasn’t deterred companies in producing bespoke versions of these immensely capable off-road machines. Enter Arkonik, Ltd., an independent company that specializes in building restomod Land Rover Defenders. It’s been building them since 2007 for clients who span the globe, and Arkonik just finished its latest project: the FORCE D110.

Arkonik offers three different Land Rover restoration services. The first is its Original process, which yields a fully restored, authentic, no-frills Defender. Arkonik’s Bespoke service is what you are looking at here, though. The design process for Bespoke vehicles is exclusively catered to the client, following a process similar to that of ICON, the California-based company that produces commissioned bespoke vehicles that allow for full customization from start to finish.

The FORCE D110 is an upgraded and re-envisioned example of the iconic, go-everywhere expedition vehicle, which features everything from army-hued matte olive paint to a custom-built Alpine sound system with an Apple CarPlay-enabled head unit and reverse camera. Think new Range Rover Sport crossed with classic off-road capability and looks.

Other features of the FORCE D110 include Mach 5 16-inch alloy wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich all-terrain tires, an ARB winch bumper with built-in spotlights and a Warn 12-S winch, a roof rack with a rear ladder and spotlights, Fire and Ice ebony running boards, and more lighting equipment at the rear of the truck.

The interior also gets a makeover. Comfort and functionality seems to be the motivation for the interior upgrades, with contrasting black and auburn leather trim, heated front seats, three individual high-back center-row seats, 4 tip-up seats in the load area, leather door cards, black suede headlining and side panels, and the list goes on.

Because each project is catered to the clients needs, Arkonik does not include a build price for one of its ultimate Defenders. But we would guess it’s around the ballpark of what an ICON-built FJ-44 might cost, which in other words is a lot of money. You can configure your dream Arkonik Land Rover Defender on the company's website, but don’t expect your personal Defender to be ready any time soon. The current production lead time is 13 months.

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