East Coast Defender has something for off-road enthusiasts to drool over: the Project Blackout. It’s a hand-built off-roader with a powertrain sourced from General Motors, and it’s a ride fit for those seeking an exclusive, capable all-terrain SUV.
As the name implies, much of the Project Blackout is, well, black. However, the exterior also boasts a full roof rack, 18-inch Sawtooth wheels with BF Goodrich All-Terrain rubber and LED lights mounted atop the SUV. Like the outside, the interior is pretty dark, too, but amenities such as a Kenwood infotainment system are present. The coolest interior feature is the seating—there are four inward-facing seats that can be folded down for a six-passenger capacity.
The custom Defender, as mentioned, is powered by GM. Specifically, a 5.3-liter V8 engine found in a typical Chevrolet Silverado powers the off-road beast, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Giving life to the V8 engine is a custom exhaust from East Coast Defender for a soundtrack to match the intimidating looks.
How much will it set you back? A cool $169,000. It won’t be competing with anything from General Motors, but it remains an option for die-hards in search of a more premium off-road experience than that found in the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.