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Manhart will build you a 500bhp Defender without a V8

German tuners extract V8 levels of power from the six-cylinder Defender

Published: 25 Jun 2021
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Did you collect your new six-cylinder Defender the day before Land Rover announced the 518bhp supercharged V8 version? Not to worry – Manhart is here to save the day.

Yep, seems every Defender now needs at least 500bhp, so the German tuner will remap your standard turbocharged 3.0-litre unit for a total of 505bhp and 524lb ft of torque. That'll do.

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Upon request, Manhart will also fit new brakes, a stainless steel exhaust system and a new module for the air suspension that drops the Defender by 30mm. Then there are the wheels – massive 24-inch forged units, with the spare here showing off the optional 22-inch ‘smaller wheel’ that Manhart says is “more suitable for off-road use”. Yeah right.

Inside there’s new leather and Alcantara, as well as the option of swapping those front chairs for sporty Recaros. Hmmm.

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