1995 Land Rover Defender 90 gets 6.2-liter LS3 engine from Icon [video]

Hand-built in California

Icon has elaborated a comprehensive restomod program for a 1995 Land Rover Defender 90.

The vehicle doesn't come with the usual diesel engine as it was swapped with an LS3 V8 6.2-liter from General Motors further modified by Icon with powdered-metal connecting rods, custom exhaust, a different intake and bespoke cooling. The engine also received investment-cast rocker arms, aluminum pistons and now works coupled to a 4-speed automatic gearbox with a CNC-machined Atlas II transfer case.

It sits on 17-inch wheels with BF Goodrich A/T 285/70/R17 tires and has been fitted with a custom braking kit with six-piston front calipers with 355x32mm rotors along with four-piston rear calipers matched to 328x28mm rotors. Other changes include full LED lights, Hellcat steering wheel, hand-crafted dash panels and removable rubber plugs for drainage.

Like all Icon's customized vehicle, this one was hand built in California and is available in a limited quantity.

Full details can be found in the attached press release.

Source: Icon via autoblog.com

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Godfather Godfather
Give it the range rover treatment
Apr 13th, 2014 6:42am
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JaapIndeBetouw JaapIndeBetouw
Really don't see why a huge V8 with an automatic transmission is better... have been driving Land Rovers since I was born and I've never felt like they need a bigger engine with an automatic! off-roading with a manual is so much better and with the current fuel prices a 6.3 liter v8 pushing a brick shaped car through air sounds like a money pit!
Apr 12th, 2014 6:36pm
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JaapIndeBetouw JaapIndeBetouw
beautiful car though
Apr 12th, 2014 6:38pm
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tomi.ro tomi.ro
They don't have this issue with fuel prices in the US. For the passionate guy who'd own a truck this is their offer.
Apr 12th, 2014 6:59pm
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v6s_stink v6s_stink
I agree on the motor, and I have driven off-road for decades as part of my job and even growing up in farm/ranch country. To not be a detriment to nearly all drivers, this setup would need to emulate contemporary adventure touring motorcycles and have sophisticated electronic engine and traction control modules and modes. Even with lots of experience, bumpy conditions can make it difficult to finely control the accelerator. Low-end, tractable torque is all that is needed to get anywhere that a defender can go.
Apr 12th, 2014 9:32pm
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taliz taliz
Beautiful. Much better than standard. They should do the same thing to a G-class, but there they could probably keep the stock engine if its an AMG.
Apr 12th, 2014 1:19pm
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Dr Alvar Hanso Dr Alvar Hanso
They already have. And it really came out nice, nothing like those G-Wagon 22" rim monstrosities that the Kardashians drive around. :) http://www.icon4x4.com/dr/Mercedes_G55_ICON?c=main
Apr 12th, 2014 7:27pm
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tomi.ro tomi.ro
This is what old cars should receive. Not a rebuid of their former outdated mechanics, but new life, in this new age, to better enjoy their presence.
Apr 12th, 2014 12:44pm
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