Kahn Design has taken off the wraps of its first coach built Land Rover Defender dubbed the Flying Huntsman 105 Longnose and “sir” thinks it looks rather spiffingly good. What.
The guys over at Kahn Design have increased the length of the engine bay by 400mm and inserted a 6.2-litre GM LS3 V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Upgraded braking and suspension components round off the engineering revisions.
Obviously the 105 Longnose Defender isn’t going to win any low emissions friends but what the hell let the next generation clean up the mess we leave behind, 400-450 bhp is absolutely worth paying the price for global warming.
For us what makes this Kahn Design one off special is the body work detailing, its not over the top and keeps to the industrial heritage of the standard Defender. After market specialists will call it a wide-body look but its actually tastefully done.
What isn’t so tasteful is the price tag, £125,000 plus VAT. No messing around there.
We’ll let Mr Kahn himself do the talking because we don’t know what else to say at the moment, take it away bruv, er I mean Mr Kahn.
“The Defender is probably the most iconic and well-loved British vehicle in existence – I believe even more so than the Mini.” commented Afzal Kahn, CEO and creative director of the Kahn Group.
“The fact that Land Rover are retiring it is an absolute tragedy – it’s one of my top three all time favourite vehicles.”
“With the 105 Longnose I set out to create something fashionable, iconic and revolutionary which carries on the spirit of the Defender. These days it’s not what you wear, it’s what you drive. It’s a truly British icon in the same way the Wrangler is to the US, the G-Class to Germany or the Land Cruiser L70 to Japan. It’s instantly recognisable – if you saw one on the Moon, you’d know it was a Defender.
The 105 Longnose Defender comes at a time when Land Rover will formally cease production of the Defender later this year, we’re sure the new version will look great, but the current Defender is timeless.
“We are in talks with a number of engine manufacturers to make a total of four variants which consist of 3.0 and 6.2 petrol models and 3.2 and 4.6 Diesel models,” said Afzal Kahn.
“We are keeping the project as British as possible by coach building the vehicle in the UK. We will source new vehicles which will undergo a total re-build with a number of elements and mechanical features refined and upgraded in order to withstand the speed and finesse associated with the Huntsman.”
Kahn Design are also considering a four door version, for now the company’s pride and joy will debut at the 2015 Geneva Motorshow, no details have been forthcoming about the amount of Longnoses to be made.
One presumes if there is a good response from private customers at the show then Kahn Design will announce a low volume production run at a future date.