Unholy Engine Swap: Land Rover Defender 4×4 Gets More Power From a Corvette’s LS3 V8 Engine

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[VIDEO] Land Rover Defender 4x4 Gets More Power From aCorvette's LS3 V8 Engine

If you want a 4×4 with a touch of Corvette, then Wildcat Automotive (which claims “Off Road Is Our Road” as its slogan) out of the United Kingdom has just the thing for you.

It’s a Rover Defender with the same kind of LS3 small block 6.2-liter V8 that powered the C6 Chevrolet Corvette so admirably from 2005 to 2013.

Usually, you’d find a puny four-cylinder diesel under the hood of a Defender, but now you can climb mountains faster than ever with the LS3.

The Defender now is capable of 430 horsepower and nearly 400 lb-ft of torque, all controlled by a six-speed automatic transmission. If that’s not enough power to go muddin’ for you, then Wildcat Automotive also has upgrades that add another 120 horsepower or more.

Land Rover Defender 4x4 Gets More Power From aCorvette's LS3 V8 Engine

You can get a look at the more powerful Defender going down a wet road on this video. It may not be as beautiful as a Corvette but it sure sounds nearly as good with all those extra horses.

We understand that Wildcat usually upgrades the suspension, too, but you may have noticed that this particular Defender is clothed with small winter tires. The package also features riveted fender flares and a nice grill, making this a Rover worth “Defending” to enthusiasts who want more than the ordinary.


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