East Coast Defender (ECD) has whipped up another LS-swapped Land Rover Defender build, and this one has been dubbed “Project Honey Badger,” ’cause Honey Badger don’t care about upsetting purists’ feelings.
Granted, the only V8 ever offered in the Defender from the factory was the Rover V8, which was based off of a Buick motor; while the 6.2-liter LS3 in this build may not be “correct,” it does have some common ground with the factory V8.
With its Corvette-sourced 430-horsepower LS3 V8 and Tremec 6-speed manual, this very special Defender is capable of hitting 60 miles-per-hour in under 6 seconds – an impressive figure for an old SUV. But performance wasn’t the sole goal of this build; as with all ECD builds we’ve seen so far, the entire vehicle has been reworked to deliver greater comfort and modern reliability.
As always, ECD’s interior work here is top-notch, featuring sumptuous, leather-wrapped Corbeau seats, Momo steering wheel, aftermarket audio system, and a custom roll cage. The overall message broadcast is: “I appreciate the finer things in life, but I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty.”
If, at this point, you’re just about ready to whip out your checkbook, know that wears a hefty $159,000 price tag. That’s actually a little more affordable than some of the other ECD projects we’ve seen, but still a considerable sum of money.
To get an in-depth look at the Honey Badger Defender, check out the video above.