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While the new Defender continues to win awards and accolades, its iconic predecessor is about to gain a fresh lease of life. Land Rover has given off-road performance specialists Bowler Motors a licence to produce a limited edition based on the classic Defender 110 Station Wagon. The first vehicle co-developed between Special Vehicle Operations and Bowler, it will feature those time‑honoured body panels underpinned by Bowler’s rally-proven CSP high-strength steel chassis and powered by Land Rover’s potent 575PS 5.0-litre Supercharged V8. Inside, the classic Defender’s spartan interior makes way for four sports seats, a roll cage and comfort features such as air conditioning. Price for the Bowler Defender is expected to be around £200,000

Project CSP 575 | Bowler Motors

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Project CSP 575 Landrover

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It's on a purpose built tubular chassis & roll cage framework, just the body panels are similar, it'll cost nearly as much as the factory built 2020 on Defender or probably more. 

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25 minutes ago, Maverik said:

Price for the Bowler Defender is expected to be around £200,000

Quite a bit more! 

Doesn't make me not want one (snowball's chance in hell, of course......)

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Well all these projects show that there is more disposable money around than ever.

Covid times are bearable if you have money but not if you haven't. I don't, but I would not begrudge anyone who bought one of these!

I am disappointed about the the ON road bias though even if it is just a mock-up.

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55 minutes ago, Maverik said:

Slightly ironic - thats starting to look like a Grenadier... :popcorn-and-drink-smiley-emotic

Nah it's nowhere near as fugly, the Grenadier looks like a Chinese knock-off of several different 4x4's all glued together.

I still dislike the air-con grille front ends though, just use the vent flaps like... oh they've deleted them :rolleyes:

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As Ralph says its on bowlers own chassis and cage, so saying its 'based' on the 110 is a misnomer. The doors, roof and windscreen frame are I think the old pieces that would be 'standard' parts. 

19 minutes ago, missingsid said:

I am disappointed about the the ON road bias though even if it is just a mock-up.

I wouldn't say its more onroad biased than any other station wagon Defender. If you want a more offroad biased one, then get the bulldog! 

 

 

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Looks like it's made of cardboard ! I'd be a bit miffed if I'd paid all that money to find I could have made one from weetabix boxes.

Perhaps it's one they made earlier ? 😬

Mo

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1 hour ago, Mo Murphy said:

Looks like it's made of cardboard ! I'd be a bit miffed if I'd paid all that money to find I could have made one from weetabix boxes.

Perhaps it's one they made earlier ? 😬

At least if it's made of cardboard it'll probably be lightweight! Wading could be an issue though 🤔

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I know the original Covid-19 has changed the world for a lot of people, but is it April 1st already?
Or is there another Chinese developed Covid variation that targets vehicles (or their designers)?

Regards.

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2 hours ago, Ozzy50 said:

All marketing buff , surely it’s a bulldog with a station wagon body ? Having said that I want one 😌

Bulldog chassis, different cage to make the space for another two seats and then a few more doors.

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Bulldog comes with LRs acclaimed mono turbo V6 diesel.

 

That's the one that is acclaimed with spinning main bearings and snapping cranks in standard tune then!

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10 hours ago, missingsid said:

Bulldog comes with LRs acclaimed mono turbo V6 diesel.

 

That's the one that is acclaimed with spinning main bearings and snapping cranks in standard tune then!

I know, that's crazy.  I was contemplating replacing my old 110 with a Discovery 3, until I looked into that little problem.  You'd have to be barking mad to attempt that on a budget!  Still, people who can afford a new Bowler can probably live with that slight worry.

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