While the Land Rover Defender as we know and love it is no more – with the British automaker having concluded the production of the legendary off-roader, there’s no reason for the aftermarket scene to stand still.
Meet the Honey Badger, which looks like a fairly standard Land Rover Defender when viewed standing still, but when the engine comes to life you’ll find out it’s no regular UK job in there. More precisely – in a sacrilegious or genius move, depending who you ask – under the hood there’s an LS3 V8 6.2-liter engine with 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts), taken from a Chevrolet Corvette. The T56 six-speed manual gearbox will deliver a hold on to your pants acceleration of no more than six seconds to 0-60 mph (0-96 kph), which is impressive considering the Defender’s weight and handling skills – actually the lack there off.
Florida-based East Coast Defender was in charge of the “Honey Badger” project – which included an upgraded transfer case with a limited slip differential, along with a Borla exhaust system for a more extreme soundtrack. The regular wheels have been swapped for an 18-inch set shod in BF Goodrich All Terrain KO2 tires. Inside there’s a complete roll cage, Momo steering wheel, and Corbeau seats wrapped in ivory leather complete with black stitching.