Previously seen in concept form, the Kahn Design Land Rover Defender Flying Huntsman 6x6 is finally available for purchase. This beastly conversion adds an extra 31.5 inches to the rear, space used for the third axle and extra gear, and over 15 in the front to accommodate the 430hp, 6.2L GM-sourced V8 engine. The exterior is clad in dark gray "Volcanic Rock Satin", while the interior features custom red leather seating and upholstery with harris tweed trim and a number of features you won't find on any factory Defender.
Sure, the Toyota Land Cruiser is more well-known. But a Volcan Vintage Nissan Patrol is a fine alternative for old-school 4x4 fun. The company specializes in finding these classic rides in and around their offices in Medellín, Colombia, and bringing them to Tampa, Florida for full restorations. With experienced mechanics, full body, paint, interior, and roll bar shops, and an impressive array of replacement parts, they can find you a Patrol of your own, then customize it to fit your needs.
The Defender is already an impressive vehicle. But if you want yours to be even more unique, getting your hands on a Startech Land Rover Defender is a good way to go about it. These customized rides offer a huge number of special parts, from new leather-clad, plastic-backed seats, door panels, and steering wheels to air intakes, new grilles, running boards, headlights, windows, and wheels. Assuming you've got taste (or listen to their suggestions), the resulting modifications become more than the sum of their parts, turning your classic SUV into something personal and distinctly yours.
For a vehicle as iconic as the Defender, the 2,000,000th off the line had to be something special. The Land Rover Defender 2,000,000 is not only special, it's a one-of-a-kind. Produced at the Solihull manufacturing facility in the UK, this milestone Defender 90 Station Wagon not only has the unique distinction of being a one-off, but also has some distinct features you won't find on any other Defenders. Finishing touches include a map of Red Wharf Bay, where the original Land Rover design was drawn in the sand, that is etched into the exterior along with a Defender 2,000,000 badge. The no. 2,000,000 logos are also stitched into the headrests and the Red Wharf Bay graphic is featured again on the leather and cloth seats. To be auctioned off in December, proceeds go to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Born Free Foundation.
There are restorations, and then there's this fantastic 1959 Chevrolet Viking Short Bus. Designed to hold up to 12 passengers and a driver, two sofas in the center fold down and can be used as double twin beds or a single queen size. Found sitting abandoned in a field, Winkelman Architecture re-imagined this relic and turned it into a one-of-a-kind RV that combines design with vintage transportation.
It's rare to find a car from the '60s that's mostly original. It's even harder to find one in this condition. As close to showroom new as you'll see, this 1968 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 is an outstanding example of Toyota's classic SUV. Its original 3.9L F-engine has been completely restored, its 3-speed transmission has retained its original low-range, the electrical system is all original, save for the electronic ignition that was added for convenience, the interior is pristine, and the hardtop is the same material as the body. Only small details like emblems and lights were replaced — using authentic Land Cruiser parts, of course — so while it might look new, you can rest assured that it is, indeed, from another era.
The offroad capability of an SUV in a city-friendly form. That's the idea behind the 2016 BMW X1, the second generation of BMW's compact trail climber. Improvements include way more room for both passengers and cargo, a taller body with a raised seating position that gives a better view of the road, and a series of five new four-cylinder engines — two gas, three diesel — offering between 150 and 230 hp, and paired with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed Steptronic transmission. More aggressive body styling, a re-engineered xDrive all-wheel-drive system, and available Head-Up Display and Driving Assist features round out the highlights of this all-new model.
It's not going to be a daily driver — it's over 50 years old, after all — but if you're looking to add a classic truck to your collection, this 1961 Land Rover Defender Series IIA is a prime candidate. Produced in the first year for the Series IIA, this 88-inch wheelbase model features a four speed manual transmission, a 2.25L four-cylinder diesel engine, and comes with both a hard and a brand-new Exmoor soft top, the latter of which can be opened up on the sides and rear for an open-air driving experience.
Two of England's most storied manufacturers come together to create the Holland & Holland Range Rover. Based on the Range Rover Autobiography Black — already the most luxurious ride in the company's catalogue — this highly-limited SUV stands out thanks to a signature green paint job, while inside, you'll find high-end tan and espresso leather, a redesigned center console, engraved scroll work on the interior door handles, and loads of woodwork, all taken from the same huge piece of French walnut and finished to resemble Holland's oil-finished gunstocks. Speaking of which, the boot holds a specially-designed cabinet that can be custom-fitted to cradle a pair of sporting guns, making this quite possibly the most opulent hunting vehicle available.
Offering a blend of power and luxury, the Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography stands alone as the company's newest flagship. A product of Rover's Special Vehicle Operations team (hence the name), it's the most powerful production vehicle in their history, with a supercharged, 542 hp V8 engine at its heart, and a distinctive duo-tone paint scheme. Inside, you'll find an opulent interior, with features like controls and pedals machined from solid aluminium and finished with knurled details, InControl for smartphone connectivity, exclusive premium leather seating with unique trim, a chiller compartment, powered deployable tables, and solid aluminum coat hooks for backseat passengers, and optional Event Seating that folds out of the luggage compartment and provides you with two Windsor leather and aluminum seats on the tailgate.
The last of the legendary Defenders will roll off the production line in December 2015, so it's only fitting that another British icon give it a proper sendoff. The Paul Smith x Land Rover Defender is a one-of-a-kind tribute to the rugged SUV, adorned with many of the designer's signature flourishes. Those include a special paint job that incorporates 27 individual colors, seats crafted using a mixture of leather and a fabric Smith designed for American upholstery company Maharam. Special badging, a Paul Smith-branded dashboard clock, and black wheels round out the offering.
It doesn't look all that different from the outside, but there's enough new about the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque to make it worth mentioning. Most notable is the new aluminium Ingenium diesel engine option, providing between 147 and 177 hp, the former of which offers an efficiency increase of 18% over the current model. Other changes and improvements include slimline LED fog lights, enlarged air intakes, two new grille designs, optional full-LED adaptive headlights, an all-new eight-inch InControl touchscreen infotainment system, three all-new alloy wheel designs, and optional roof fins.
When regular armored limousines simply aren't enough, you've got a problem. And the only solution is the Inkas Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG Armored Limo. This stretch SUV boasts a luxe interior outfitted with exotic leather, curved wood, captain-style seats, a speed-vault pistol holder in case things outside your cocoon-on-wheels really get out of hand, and the requisite high-end audio and satellite TV systems. It's also speedy, with a 544hp, 5.5L twin turbo V8, and can withstand blasts from two grenades at once, but you'll likely be in the back, too busy enjoying yourself to care.
The beloved Defender will see its decades-long run end later this year as UK production of the current model winds down. Toast this lasting legacy with the Land Rover Defender Celebration Series. Created to celebrate a different element of the vehicle's character, each of the three limited edition models has its own focus. The Autobiography Edition offers luxury features like duo-tone paint, Windsor leather upholstery, and a power upgrade, while the Heritage Edition is a shout out to early models, with a Grasmere Green exterior, contrasting white roof, and heritage grille and graphics. Finally, the Adventure Edition comes with offroad-friendly features like underbody protection, Goodyear MT/R tires, and unique decals. Sadly, you won't be able to buy them here, but you can still pick up a restored model from West Coast Defenders, which is featured in our Winter issue.
Like the Atom before it, the Ariel Nomad doesn't pretend to be something it's not. So you won't find unnecessary equipment like sunroofs, rear seat infotainment systems, windows, or even doors on this ride. What you will find are four deep-treaded tires, an engine cranking out around 200 hp, a six-speed Honda transmission, a reinforced underbody, a burly brush guard, a strong rollcage, two seats, two driven wheels, and a curb (or trail) weight of less than 1,600 pounds, all combining to make it one of the most lively off-roaders around.
Filson's known for making rugged, outdoor-ready kit. So is Jeep. So it's no surprise that the two teamed up on the Filson x AEV Jeep Wrangler. Painted in Filson's signature green, this monster off-roader features a 3.5-inch DualSport SC suspension, 35-inch tires, a heat reduction hood, optional 5.7L or 6.4L HEMI V8 engines, a 9,500lbs. WARN winch, IPF 901 off-road lights, a tire carrier, back-up lighting, splashguards, and a matching duffle bag, briefcase, and snap-closure seat back pockets, making it one of the most capable Wranglers you can buy.
It's not quite as quick as its Turbo equivalent, but the 2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS is far from a slouch. Powered by an all-new 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6, the GTS boasts 440 hp, a 0-60 time of just 5.2 seconds, and a top speed of 163 mph. Other features include Porsche Active Suspension Management that lets the GTS sit 20 millimeters lower, 20-inch RS Spyder wheels, brakes borrowed from its faster Turbo sibling, a sportier body with the turbo nose fascia, a roof spoiler, and wheel arch extensions, eight-way adjustable GTS sport seats, and a multi-function sport steering wheel with paddle shifters.
It might be classified as an SUV, but you won't see the Lexus NX taking on trails anytime soon. Instead, this new offering was designed for urban use, with a striking, angular compact body that offers maximum creature comforts in minimal space. It's powered by either a hybrid system with a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine, generator, motor and battery, a 2.0L turbo engine, or a normally aspirated 2.0L, and sits on either 17- or 18-inch wheels. Inside, you'll find forward-thinking features like a wireless charging tray, a new touchpad-based interface, and a Panoramic View Monitor that combines video from four cameras to provide a glimpse of everything happening around the car — perfect for avoiding pedestrians and other urban-specific obstacles.
No, it's not a high-powered version of the standard, boxy Disco we all know and love. Instead, the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport is an all-new compact SUV that's the first in a new family of Discovery vehicles. The Sport features a sleek, aerodynamic body shell made from steel and aluminum, and is powered by a 240hp, turbocharged 2.0L engine, coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Of course, it's still a Land Rover, and as such offers standard all-wheel drive, a host of off-road goodies like Hill Descent Control, Roll Stability Control, and Electronic Traction Control, and an all-new infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen that boasts off-road specific apps alongside the media and navigation features you expect.