The iconic Land Rover Defender, favoured by HM Queen Elizabeth II herself, is best known for its strong off-road capability rather than racecar pace. However, specialist vehicle tuners JE Motorworks have shown that the model can handle a massive power boost by creating the JE Zulu2 Super Defender.
The firm has stripped out the standard 120bhp engine fitted in 25 standard Defenders and replaced it with one of Jaguar Land Rover’s V8 supercharged units, generating 475bhp and 650Nm of torque. This is channelled to all four wheels which sit on performance suspension with Fox Racing dampers.
A bespoke stainless steel exhaust system delivers an aggressive engine note as the Super Defender surges from 0-60mph in around five seconds. To handle the uprated power a new limited slip differential and six-speed Tiptronic gearbox have been added. A completely re-engineered braking system was also needed to bring the vehicle under control in a stable way.
Zulu badging, side vents, headlamp surrounds and an aluminium grille join enlarged air intakes, LED exterior lights and custom paintwork as details that distinguish the model from standard Defenders.
Land Rover will end production of the original Defender next year, although loyal buyers can look forward to the similarly no-nonsense 4x4 that is due to replace it.
You can still pick up the Defender from the excellent Approved Used stock on sale at Lancaster Land Rover today. Browse our selection online and enquire to book a test drive.