We’ve seen quite a few builds from East Coast Defender, but one recent model – named Project Punisher – was built with a focus on luxury.
First and foremost, Project Punisher is powered by a brand new 5.3-liter LC9 Vortech V8 engine matted to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The drivetrain comes with a 2-year/50,000-mile warranty from General Motors. Though it might not be the most powerful, the smaller displacement might prove to be more efficient than, say, a 6.2-liter LS3.
Now then, the tuned up Land Rover Defender retains the off-road capability notorious of Defends, ECD designed this particular build to offer more luxury. As such, it features all of the finest quantities we’ve come to expect from the shop’s builds. The interior has been overhauled and fitted with high-quality materials, such as a Puma dashboard.
“Each custom Defender that rolls out of the Rover Dome is the ultimate in custom SUV workmanship,” says Tom Humble, East Coast Defender Co-owner. “What separates our team from other custom builders is our relentless pursuit of improving our workmanship and materials. Each Defender we build represents a new approach or material that furthers our place as the leader of custom Defender builds. Projects Ironhorse and Punisher are simply the latest in the evolution of our best-in- class standards.”
Pricing for Project Punisher hasn’t been announced yet, though we imagine it will be a bit more expensive than the ‘typical’ ECD Rover, which are almost always in the six-figure range.