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Classic Range Rover Wants To Be A Modern SUV With Cadillac Escalade V8 Power, Air Suspension

East Coast Defender (ECD) is best known for breathing new life into old Land Rover Defenders and equipping them with Corvette engines every now and then. Their latest build is a classic Range Rover, though, which doesn’t want to be an old-timer anymore.

Part of the first generation, which was made between 1970 and 1996 at two factories, in the United Kingdom and Australia, it’s called the ‘Project Gunn’ and was restored back to its former glory, albeit with a modern twist.

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The British luxury SUV wears a dual-tone paintjob that combines the Alpine White with the Gloss Black roof and pillars. The 18-inch wheels come from Kahn and they’re called the Defend 1983, while the 255/55 tires are Continental Cross. Automatic LED headlights were also added and everything else stays true to the original vehicle.

Contrasting the restrained / elegant exterior, the cabin sports Torino Salsa Red leather on the seats with black stitching and piping. The dashboard panel has been retained, although the dials are all-new. ECD did not install a modern infotainment system, so occupants will have to talk to each other, like in the good old days – or pick up their smartphones instead.

The biggest upgrade, however, is found in the engine compartment, as this Range Rover is powered by a GM-sourced 6.2-liter L92 V8 (same one found in the Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon etc) that kicks out 403 horsepower and is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Project Gunn also features a Borla exhaust system and adjustable air suspension.