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Old Dog Meets New Money In The 450bhp ‘Defender Redefined By Overfinch’

The old British off-road hound has learned a few new tricks with a soft-top conversion and a 6.2-litre V8

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Old Dog Meets New Money In The 450bhp ‘Defender Redefined By Overfinch’ - News

If the new Defender doesn’t quite crest your peak but you still want something highly Instagrammable with that iconic 4x4 badge, Overfinch has a new option. Called the Defender Redefined by Overfinch and now yours with no roof for the first time, it blends the timeless boxy shape we all know with a sense of Riviera excess.

Out have gone the utilitarian plastics and kit list so basic even a sheep could take charge, mutually replaced by luxury leathers, metals and modern technology. The transfer case remains but the main transmission is now automatic, owing to the fact that it’s linked to 6.2 burly litres of borrowed V8 – the donor vehicle is unconfirmed at this stage.

Old Dog Meets New Money In The 450bhp ‘Defender Redefined By Overfinch’ - News
Old Dog Meets New Money In The 450bhp ‘Defender Redefined By Overfinch’ - News

We’re not totally convinced by this green-on-tan look; there’s a bit too much green for us, but you could rock up to the doors of the London Dorchester or the Casino Monte-Carlo at night-time with your sunglasses on and you’d look absolutely on point for a social post.

The green accents continue with anodizing on the 18-inch Overfinch alloy wheels. Just in case you can only see the front end, though, you’re still not likely to mistake it for anything else: it wears a contrasting matt silver bonnet (with power-bulge) and grille. Out back is a lockable storage box for, y’know, lifestyle accessories (hashtagsponsoredpost), and there’s a handy roll cage for your good-looking friends to hang on to for when you all recreate that Jeep/Wham scene from Zoolander.

Old Dog Meets New Money In The 450bhp ‘Defender Redefined By Overfinch’ - News

The wonderful thing about an old Land Rover Defender is that the person behind the wheel could be anyone with an interest off-road: a subsistence farmer who doesn’t eat if his crops fail, or a wealthy landowner with millions in the bank. Hell, it could even be the Queen. It’s one of very few classless vehicles ever made. The times have changed, though, so what do you make of this new interpretation?