This modified Land Rover Defender from Ares Designs is limited to just 15 units

It is fitted with plenty of modern amenities
by Tom Harrison | Jan 19, 2021
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Ares Design, the Italian coachbuilder founded by ex-Lotus boss Dany Bahar, likes an old Defender. This year’s menacing Defender ‘Spec 1.2’ is the follow-up to 2018’s Defender Ultra V8, which you can read about by clicking on these blue words.

Ares made 53 of those for €215,000 each. This ‘new’ one looks like it’s limited to just 15 examples. Prices haven’t been made public, but we’d expect it to cost just as much, if not more than the old one.

The Land Rover Defender modified by Ares Design

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No snorkels and off-road accessories

The Spec 1.2 does without the Ultra V8’s winch, snorkels, and other off-road paraphernalia, though it still gets knobbly 305/70 tires, electronically adjustable shocks with Sport and Soft settings, and a 35mm lift kit. Same engine as the old car, too—a 4.7-liter nat-asp V8 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission for 278hp and 440Nm. The brakes are by AP Racing.

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For the exterior, Ares has added fancy LED lights, wider wings to accommodate those chunky tires, and a carbon hood and grille/headlight surround. There’s carbon inside, too, most obviously on the steering wheel and the backs of the front seats. The (very) red leather is illuminated by a new panoramic glass roof and bigger side windows for the third row.

The Land Rover Defender Interior modified by Ares Design

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There’s also modern infotainment, heated mirrors, and more modern-feeling control stalks.

We know the world hardly needs another modified Land Rover Defender, but what do you make of this one?

More photos of the Ares Design modified Land Rover Defender:

The Land Rover Defender headlamp modified by Ares Design

Ares Design Emblem on the Land Rover Defender

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The Land Rover Defender modified by Ares Design - Side Mirror

The Land Rover Defender modified by Ares Design - Headlamp Detail

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The Land Rover Defender modified by Ares Design - Tail Lights Detail

The Land Rover Defender modified by Ares Design - Front Wheel Detail

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The Land Rover Defender modified by Ares Design - Interior Dashboard

The Land Rover Defender modified by Ares Design - Rear Seats

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The Land Rover Defender modified by Ares Design - Leather Seat Detail

The Land Rover Defender modified by Ares Design - Front Seat Back Detail

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The Land Rover Defender modified by Ares Design -  Rear View

The Land Rover Defender modified by Ares Design - Rear Angle

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The Land Rover Defender modified by Ares Design -  Profile

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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