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The Defender SVX or MY

By Alain Hoffmann

'99MY Defender 90 - topless TD5 manual engine torque increased from 300Nm to 375Nm (+25%) Galvanised chassis with strengthening plates and webbing Four-pin locking cross-axle differentials - quick release centre mounted switching with ETC disable built-in Modified suspension - gas discharged shock absorbers, uprated coil springs for improved articulation and vehicle height

Unique 20" alloy wheels Unique tread pattern off-road terrain tyres ABS brakes Ventilated front disc brakes ETC - Electronic Traction Control HDC - Hill Descent Control with centre mounted quick- release switching Heavy duty protection cage Raised air-intake integrated into protection cage Detachable winch with front rear mounting points and in-board stowage Flow through mesh intake grille Long range fuel tanks protected by Rock Sliders (underbody protection) GPS (Global Positioning System) - detachable Full underbody protection - sump, diffs, gearbox, steering Modified Side sills (rock sliders) Modified utility fascia with contact breakers in lieu of fuses Recovery hooks Off-road Recovery kit Fire extinguisher

Silver Green micatallic body colour - Himalayan Green Unique aluminium bumper and longitudinal cappings front and rear Unique alloy grille Alloy mounting plates High cut front and rear wheel arches with unique eyebrows Removed windscreen Detachable doors Detachable tailgate Raised sill finisher for increased ground clearance Bright finish (anodised) body structure elements - hinges, fuel filler cap, body rivets, rear corner finisher and cabin top surround Body-coloured door mirrors Heavy duty suspension components

Silver Green micatallic body colour - Himalayan Green Unique aluminium bumper and longitudinal cappings front and rear Unique alloy grille Alloy mounting plates High cut front and rear wheel arches with unique eyebrows Removed windscreen Detachable doors Detachable tailgate Raised sill finisher for increased ground clearance Bright finish (anodised) body structure elements - hinges, fuel filler cap, body rivets, rear corner finisher and cabin top surround Body-coloured door mirrors Heavy duty suspension components

So far the text from Landrover. I got the pictures from a friend who took them at the Munich Motor Show (I think).

Now which of those modifications will show up in the series production if it ever will be produced?

'99MY Defender 90 - topless - This will surely not make it. But maybe a quick way to drop the windshield or to remove the doors.

TD5 manual engine torque increased from 300Nm to 375Nm (+25%) - This is from an optimized chip and you can have it already from the aftermarket

Galvanised chassis with strengthening plates and webbing - good idea, just 40 years late. Hopefully this goes into series

Four-pin locking cross-axle differentials - quick release centre mounted switching with ETC disable built-in - good idea but will probably not make it due to safety reasons

Modified suspension - gas discharged shock absorbers, uprated coil springs for improved articulation and vehicle height - Nice and easy to produce this may well see the serie production if the vehicle is not intended to make it to the States.

Unique 20" alloy wheels - too expensive

Unique tread pattern off-road terrain tyres - what's so special about those Michelin tires? Their size? You will never be able to air them down

ABS brakes - already in series

Ventilated front disc brakes - Already mounted since 10 years

ETC - Electronic Traction Control HDC - Hill Descent Control with centre mounted quick- release switching - electronic gimics, nice as long as they work.

Heavy duty protection cage - too expensive for serial production if not requires by local laws (as the 110 in the USA)

Raised air-intake integrated into protection cage - see above

Detachable winch with front rear mounting points and in-board stowage - might make it as optional extra but I doubt for safety reasons

Flow through mesh intake grille - ugly, so it may well be produced

Long range fuel tanks protected by Rock Sliders (underbody protection) - nice, should already be mounted on all vehicles

GPS (Global Positioning System) - detachable - probably not into serial production

Full underbody protection - sump, diffs, gearbox, steering - should already be serie on all vehicles

Modified Side sills (rock sliders) - did somebody really notice how easy those aluminium foils crumble?

Modified utility fascia with contact breakers in lieu of fuses - ugly but the idea of circuit breakers is good

Recovery hooks - why aren't they already there?

Off-road Recovery kit Fire extinguisher - optional extras

Silver Green micatallic body colour - Himalayan Green - Unique aluminium bumper and longitudinal cappings front and rear Unique alloy grille Alloy mounting plates High cut front and rear wheel arches with unique eyebrows Removed windscreen Detachable doors Detachable tailgate Raised sill finisher for increased ground clearance Bright finish (anodised) body structure elements - hinges, fuel filler cap, body rivets, rear corner finisher and cabin top surround Body-coloured door mirrors Heavy duty suspension components - This is just pure cosmetics.