Their latest creation, dubbed the Himalaya HUE 166, is based on an old 1948 Defender. The first Land Rover, the pre-production model that was unveiled at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show, had the registration “HUE 166”. The Land Rover specialist has tried hard to get as close to the original model as possible. Of course, that was a short-wheelbase Defender, and this is a longer Defender (which is where things are dramatically different).
This is where the sleeper element comes in. If you think this is just another old Defender, think again. Because you’ll be surprised with what lies beneath the skin of this blocky SUV. Under the hood beats a muscle car heart. The Himalaya HUE features a supercharged V-8 LT4 engine, derived from the Chevrolet Corvette, which produces 650 horsepower. This ferocious power is distributed to all four wheels via an eight-speed General Motors automatic torque converter gearbox. The Brembo brakes fitted, helps bring this behemoth to a stop.
A number of mods have been carried out to come up with this bespoke off-roader. A 110 Defender was used as the foundation. Looking at the Grasmere Green with a contrasting white roof exterior, we can see broad fenders and 18-inch retro-style rims wrapped in BFGoodrich off-road tires. The original angular body is sat on a new ladder frame with Dynatrac axles, four-link suspension, and Brembo brakes. Himalaya has also, metal bumpers and added a series of underbody guards to help protect the off-road hardware.
On the Inside
The original model’s deliciously Spartan layout or, rather, functional for the uses for which the Defender was designed, has been completely overhauled.
Step inside, via the retractable side steps, and you are immersed in a luxury environment dominated by hand-stitched leathers and fabrics, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, and a cutting-edge infotainment system are part of the package.
The price is the most significant downside of this 650 horsepower cube. Himalaya is looking for a mind-numbing $300,000 for the HUE 166. A figure that few wallets can afford, however, it can be justified in part by the fact that we are dealing with a handcrafted creation, that has compelled four years of work to achieve the results seen here. Although the whole vehicle has been modified, you can argue that, for the same price, it is easier to just go out and get yourself a G63 AMG instead, but I doubt it will be easy to fly under that radar with a G63 when compared to a HUE 166.
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