East Coast Defender has oddly named this Project Viper – nothing to do with the FCA model, as it makes use of Chevrolet LS3 V8 and the well-known British off-roader for a $285,000 extreme package.
This is an Ultimate Vehicle Concept (UVC) division project of the East Coast Defenders, a tuner focusing on a very small niche as the name implies and with the headquarters in Kissimmee, Florida. They can deliver the bespoke Land Rover Defender of your dreams, and in this case the company wanted to build from zero the ultimate off-roader without any “creative blocks”. “Project Viper is our first custom SUV to emerge from the new UVC division,” said Scott Wallace, co-owner of East Coast Defender. We created UVC in response to the overwhelming demand from clients who want a pure, handcrafted SUV that is not limited by a specific Bill of Materials or budget.”
Project Viper’s credentials are certainly up for the task – under the hood lies a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 good for 430 horsepower, linked to a six-speed automatic to either the rear or all four 20-inch wheels shod in Nitto Mud Grappler tires. It also benefits from a new suspension with off-road specifications, LED lamps front and rear, and a WARN winch on the front bumper – and if things go bad you can certainly rely on the external roll cage. Inside there are luxury amenities – touchscreen infotainment system with GPS and a reverse camera, air conditioning, power windows, remote locking as well as leather heated Corbeau seats.