The ‘Beach Cruiser’ is the latest member of the Land Rover Defender restomod club

Its super-smooth exterior is the work of an ex-Bugatti designer
by Greg Potts | Nov 7, 2021
PHOTO: Arkonik
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This is a new, one-of-five restomod from Land Rover Defender fanatics Arkonik, and although it focuses on simplicity and takes perhaps the most severe less-is-more approach possible, it’ll set you back $240,000 (P12.1 million). Yikes.

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It’s properly cool, though, this thing. Arkonik describes it as a beach cruiser and turned to ex-Bugatti scribbler Etienne Salomé for the design—he’s the man responsible for the one-off La Voiture Noire.

Salomé redesigned every panel on a Defender 90 to create this thing, taking away almost every exterior detail in the process. You get a Series 2-style face with new headlights, 16-inch satin black steel wheels, super straight lines, and not much else. There aren’t even any door handles or a fuel filler cap.

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The interior is properly minimalist, too. There’s a rope-rimmed steering wheel, three-abreast seating, and the absence of any creature comforts like a radio. Arkonik doesn’t think you’ll need any tunes—there’s a 3.9-liter V8 under the hood to listen to instead.

What do we think, folks?

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

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