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Is the Arkonik Gryphon D110 peak modified Defender?

A tricked-out LR Defender suits a wooden steering wheel and copious quilting. Right?

Published: 27 Nov 2018
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Are there any standard Land Rover Defenders left? After Twisted, Kahn and Arkonik have finished ‘reimagining’ them, will there be any tatty honest Defender farm hacks remaining? Likely not. Here we have the results of British outfit Arkonik’s latest Defender project. Pleasing enough to not make us lament the demise of the ungentrified Defender.

The Gryphon D110 is (big talk alert) “the embodiment of strength and fortitude; a king amongst off-road vehicles”, according to Arkonik. That’ll be what the 18-inch Kahn wheels wearing knobby BFGoodrich tyres are for then. And for lesser off-roaders that dare to follow the king, Arkonk’s equipped it with a winch. Because they’ll get stuck, right?

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Inside, there’s four individual chairs and then two pews of bench seating in the cargo area. The leather is copious and there’s more diamond stitching than the smoking room on the Titanic. Our favourite detail? The 15-inch wood-rimmed steering wheel. So much better than those overwrought leather helms fitted by other Defender modders.

The Gryphon won’t spawn a series of identical siblings – Arkonik builds its Defenders as one-offs for enthusiastic clients. So, there’s no word on price or what might have been done to the mechanical package either. But with the official new Defender still a fair way off production, there’s no harm in tweaking the veteran version, is there?

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