The Land Rover Defender it is the all-rounder par excellence. The new generation is still for many the ultimate off-road. In any case, it is in the world top 3 of the most capable SUVs on the market. However, the truth is that most owners will not really drive it over rough terrain.
The Land Rover Defender It has become a luxury car, an icon, just like the Mercedes G-Class. And it is a golden opportunity for preparers and customization specialists, such as Manhart, who presents his proposal for the Defender, the DP500.
The German coach has us more accustomed to ultra-powerful BMWs than to customized off-road vehicles. But the Manhart-modified unit focuses on performance on tarmac, on its off-road skills. In fact, it can be said that he loses a part of his off-road skills. Of course, what it sacrifices in off-road efficiency, it gains in appearance.
The German coach started with a Defender P400 AWD, which hides a 3.0-liter six-cylinder supercharged by turbo, which develops 400 hp as standard and delivers 550 Nm of torque. A simple reprogramming of the engine mapping raises the horsepower to 512 CV y 710 Nm from, which means that it has almost the same power as the new 5.0-liter Defender V8 (525 hp) and much more torque: 650 Nm for the V8 compared to 710 Nm for this prepared version.
The preparation also includes fender trims painted in the body color – like the rest of the exterior elements and the engine hood – and that visually widen the Defender.
Defender DP500: flush with the ground and with 24-inch wheels
Otherwise, Manhart has installed a stainless steel exhaust system available with carbon fiber or ceramic tailpipes. Customers can also choose upgraded brakes – not installed on the unit pictured – and have Manhart lower air suspension 30mm.
Once much closer to the asphalt and with the 10×24 inch forged wheelss wrapped in 295 / 30-24 tires, the look of the Defender changes radically. If customers don’t want such large wheels, a more reasonable size 10.5×22-inch rims are also available, but with just as wide tires (295 / 40-22). We can see the 22 rim in the photos as a spare wheel.
Inside there are also a handful of modifications, such as the installation of a new Alcantara and leather upholstery. Manhart also proposes the installation of Recaro seats for the driver and front passenger.
The Defender DP500 de Manhart It will not be the best off-roader in the world, but it is positioned as a direct rival of the Mercedes-AMG G63 to see which of the two draws the most attention in Monaco, London or Beverly Hills.
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