The award-winning builder of premium Land Rover Defenders, East Coast Defender (ECD) presents its latest high-end creation, a stunning $225,000 Project XIII. Based on the Corris Grey Defender 110, a rare 1993 NAS model that even boasts a special badging designating the limited run of 500 vehicles, the powerful Rover was named to honor to its new owner’s birth date.
Project XIII is the pinnacle of ECD founders Tom and Elliot Humble’s 25 years of Defender customizing expertise. All-terrain luxury vehicle features a fully warrantied GM LS3 engine rated at 430 hp. This 6.2-liter V-8 adds modern Corvette Stingray was additionally upgraded 0-60 mph acceleration to a mere seven seconds. The vehicle’s engine is mated to a smooth-shifting GM 6L60 6-speed transmission and ECD fitted it with a console-mounted Powertrain Control Solutions push-button system with illuminated LCD gear-selection display. This highly functional modification projects a clean, modern appearance to the interior. An adapter mounts the GM transmission to the factory Rover LT230 transfer case, which ECD upgraded with an Ashcroft center limited-slip differential. Hardened-steel Ashcroft axleshafts reliably transfer power to the wheels.
Project XIII rides on black 18-inch Boost Alloys. For multi-terrain traction with a quiet road ride, the Boost wheels were mounted on 32.5-inch-tall BFGoodrich Radial All-Terrain KO2 tires.
The USA’s premier Defender retailer and customizer supplied Project XIII with a full external rollcage and a Massi rear ladder, a custom Zunsport grille, KBX fender wings and grille/headlamp surrounds, modern LED lighting all around. Inside, all-terrain vehicle features a nine-passenger configuration with custom-stitched leather upholstery exuding comfortable, purpose-driven luxury. The front-row seats are Corbeau sport units. Puma seats comprise the second-row bench, which is backed up by four rear jump seats. The black leather theme carries through to the Momo steering wheel and Puma-upholstered dashboard.
The Project XIII Defender boasts power windows and remote-activated door locks, heated glass for front and rear quick defrosting. Reverse sensors and a back-up camera were also included to improve maneuverability during city driving. ECD upgraded the infotainment system. It begins with an Alpine touch-screen LCD display for driver convenience. The display also seamlessly integrates with GPS navigation and the back-up camera, which is Bluetooth-compatible. Audio output and clarity were enhanced with a super-premium 13-speaker JBL system with an extra subwoofer to deliver a flawless audio experience.