Land Rover will build 150 $207,000 Defenders powered by the 400 horsepower version of Jaguar's 5.0 V8. Speccing out one of those to fit your taste is certainly not a bad way of spending the afternoon, but if you prefer more wheelbase and the dominant whine of a supercharger, Jensen International's Range Rover Classic is the loud answer.
Called the Chieftain, this restomod wonder packs the previous generation CTS-V's supercharged 6.2, as well as a six-speed automatic connected to GM's beefy transfer box. As Jensen points out, the original Range Rover V8 is "a venerable Buick-derived engine with a host of known issues which keeps the modern day owner watching the gauges with great care." The LSA V8 isn't like that.
Not to be confused with your neighbor's , the Jensen International Chieftain is based on the third-generation Land Rover Discovery's Integrated Body Frame platform. That means that under the classic body panels, there's a modern monocoque mated to a basic ladder-frame chassis holding the gearbox and the adjustable independent air suspension.
Inside, the luxury treatment continues with acres of leather, a built-in sat nav system and custom switchgear all around.
Needless to say, if you're all about originality and matching numbers, the Chieftain isn't necessarily for you. Instead, you can call Land Rover and fork out at least $170,000 for one of their Range Rover Classic Reborns. What Jensen International has on offer is a faster, more comfortable and equally capable alternative to the rugged workhorse the Range Rover once was. Plus, the Chieftain's modern underpinnings mean that America won't have to wait for this one.
After saving the Interceptors, Jensen went on to create the greatest LR3s on the planet. We applaud.