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East Coast Defender Builds Two New Luxury Off-Road Dream Machines

Posted in News on August 14, 2017
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East Coast Defender (ECD) specializes in fully customized versions of Land Rover’s venerable Defender model, and has announced the details of its two most recent builds, “Project Ironhorse” and “Project Punisher.” Both vehicles represent the company’s expertise in blending luxury styling with extreme off-road capability.

Defender base models are handpicked from Europe and brought to the headquarters in Kissimmee, Florida. At the facility dubbed the “Rover Dome,” each Defender is stripped down, re-engineered, and reimagined according to the customer’s exact specifications. Co-Owner Scott Wallace says East Coast Defender is “unmatched” in its ability to meet the growing demand for handcrafted, custom Defenders, and the two latest builds are solid examples.

ECD pays homage to the original Defender design with “Project Ironhorse,” staying as close as possible to the factory specifications, with a few additional toys. Going back to its roots, Ironhorse gets its power from the 4.6L Land Rover V-8 with a ZF four-speed automatic transmission. Ironhorse also holds onto most of the original interior styling, except for the Kenwood touchscreen infotainment system, wireless charging, and four inward-facing heated black leather rear jump seats.

East Coast Defender considers Project Punisher a custom build, opting for a different powerplant: a 5.3L Chevrolet LC9 V-8 and six-speed automatic transmission. Punisher comes ready for the backcountry, outfitted with a brushguard, Warn winch, and a row of LED spotlights mounted to the external rollcage. Punisher can treat 6 passengers to an off-road adventure with 2 additional seats in the cargo area, and keep audiophiles entertained with a Morel sound system that features Apple CarPlay.

East Coast Defender makes certain both vehicles stand out with Masai tinted windows, BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires, and a rumbling Borla stainless steel exhaust.

Though these machines are not budget-friendly—previous projects carry price tags well over $100,000—they are truly unique and ready to impress drivers with off-road prowess and sophisticated style.

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