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Kahn commissioned to build the ‘Ultimate Defender’ for the 2017 London Motor Show

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“It goes without saying the Kahn Design’s unique and bespoke builds optimise the very best of British ingenuity."

The London Motor Show makes its return to the capital after a successful event in 2016.

To ensure the 2017 show lives up to excitement of last year’s show, organisers have once again commissioned Bradford entrepreneur Afzal Kahn to design an exciting one-off bespoke version of the Land Rover Defender by the London Motor Show.

Last year at the event, Afzal Kahn showcased a Santorini Black model featuring a Chelsea Truck Company styling package Mondial wheels and Luxurious Hield fabric.

In line with Kahn’s successful track record in vehicle design, the principal British designer has pledged to bring together subtle influences and recreate design with a modern feel, paying tribute to the iconic Defender.

For the 2017 show, Afzal is set to create a vehicle that pays the ultimate tribute to the iconic vehicle.

Mr Kahn explained: "For the 2016 London Motor Show, I designed a vehicle that celebrates the history and unique personality of the Defender.

"My designs are known for their attention to detail, so I do not want this Defender to be any different.

"This will be a fitting tribute to one of the world's best loved vehicles and I would welcome feedback from Defender owners and enthusiasts alike who are welcome to visit my Kings Road boutique in Chelsea."

Alec Mumford, Chairman of The London Motor Show, said: "It is a pleasure to have Kahn Design at The London Motor Show this year.

“Creating a truly outstanding tribute to one of the world's most iconic cars, this immersive display is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser in Battersea Park.

“It goes without saying the Kahn Design’s unique and bespoke builds optimise the very best of British ingenuity."

Along with the Ultimate Defender, the coach built Vengeance Volante which was recently unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show along with the Chelsea Truck Company Black Hawk Edition will also be on display.

 


Get the ‘Kahn Design 10% discount code’ on tickets for the London Motor Show at Battersea Park. The event runs from 4th May to the 7th May. To purchase tickets go to http://londonmotorshow.seetickets.com/tour/london-motor-show/  and enter your promo code KAHN as instructed.


 

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BEEFY: Showcase of limited edition Kahn Land Rover Defender at London Motor show

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LEGEND: Afzal Kahn designed the bespoke Ultimate Defender exclusively for the London Motor Show 2016

LEGEND: Afzal Kahn designed the bespoke Ultimate Defender exclusively for the London Motor Show 2016

Visitors to The London Motor Show at Battersea Evolution, will experience something rather special this year… on display for the very first time is a limited edition, one-off, Land Rover Defender designed by none-other than the Bradford entrepreneur Afzal Kahn.

Entitled the Ultimate Defender, this vehicle is a true collector’s item that celebrates the world-renowned Land Rover Defender mode that is sadly no longer in production.

Afzal Kahn said: “I have designed a vehicle that celebrates the history and unique personality of the Defender.

“This is a fitting tribute to one of the world’s best-loved vehicles and I would welcome feedback from Defender owners and enthusiasts alike who are welcome to visit my Kings Road boutique in Chelsea.”

The vehicle features a variety of visual elements that give the classic design a more contemporary feel while recalling the long and storied history of the SUV – as the first and only Defender of its kind this car is extremely rare.

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Priced at £65,000, this Santorini Black model has been adorned with a purposeful and muscular appearance thanks to the addition of front and rear Satin Black wide wings with body coloured arches, integrated vents and exposed bolt apertures. A new front bumper incorporates integrated lighting and a sump guard, whilst an X-Lander front grille, mesh hood vents and Kahn vinyl stripes complete the facelift.

The vehicle proudly wears a set of 9.0” x 20” Mondial wheels in Volcanic Black with 275/55/20 tyres. In addition, Burnt Orange Metallic brake calipers, twin cross-hair exhaust system and hard-wearing mud flaps improve the off-road performance of the vehicle. Towards the rear, the vehicle proudly wears a Chelsea Truck Company spare wheel cover.

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Occupants are also treated to a wealth of custom tailored opulence that you won’t see in standard models.  

The standard seats have been replaced with front and rear GTB seats in Hield Fabric, whilst the same fabric has also been integrated into the fillets. A centre glove box, passenger dashboard, handles, door panels, instrument binnacle, front door cards and boot panel, Churchill time clock, sat nav, reverse camera, Kahn billet and leather steering wheel, 4 speed auto gear box and vented machined aluminium foot pedals complete the package.

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Stephen Maitland-Oxley, Events Director at The London Motor Show said: “It’s an honour to be able to play host to this magnificent one-off Land Rover Defender and to offer visitors the opportunity to see this limited edition vehicle.

“The Defender is such an iconic car and now holds an even larger legacy following its production ending in January this year, so to be able to get one more glimpse of this model is fantastic.”

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Defender goes defunct

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End of the road for the classic off-roader

On Friday, the last classic Land Rover Defender rolled off the production line - 68 years after the first model was built.

The Defender was designed by Maurice Wilks, Rover’s chief engineer, who famously sketched his original design in the sand on an Anglesey beach for his brother Spencer, who was managing director of the Rover Company.

Maurice was inspired by the US Army’s Willy’s Jeep, a mass-produced military vehicle.

The car, which has enjoyed 33 years of continuous production, was Queen Elizabeth’s top choice of vehicle, along with fans Paul McCartney, Bill Murray, Sean Connery and even the computer game character, Lara Croft.

Two million of the off-road cars have been made since 1948, when the Series 1 arrived. It remained popular due to being trusty and reliable; and also for its power and performance.

However, the Defender has been stopped in its tracks due to European Union standards on vehicle emissions which will come into force in 2020, with Jaguar Land Rover unable or unwilling to upgrade the vehicle.

The Defender is largely hand-built in the firm’s Solihull factory. It takes around 56 hours to assemble, and is more expensive and time-consuming than many other vehicles.

Originally designed for farming and agricultural use, the off roader quickly became iconic, thanks to its functional yet fashionable design featuring a surplus of aluminium that was in abundance in post-war Britain.

Indian-owned Tata bought two loss-making British brands Jaguar and Land Rover in 2008. The company has since been quickly updating and expanding its upmarket Range Rover line-up, but will now turn its attention to the Defender model.

“Any conventional vehicle would have been replaced many times over in the lifespan of Defender. We’ve now got the technology, pioneering engineering capability and design expertise to evolve Defender,” a spokeswoman at Jaguar Land Rover told Reuters.

For fans of the Defender, all is not lost. In Iran, clones of the car are being built to the same specification as the old Series IV under the name of Morattab Pahzan.

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London Motor Show commissions “Ultimate Defender” by Afzal Kahn

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Yorskhire entrepreneur Afzal Kahn has been commissioned to design a one-off bespoke version of the Land Rover Defender by the London Motor Show.

As one of the world's most iconic cars edges toward retirement, the renowned British designer, famous for introducing tweed into Kahn vehicles, has set out to create the Ultimate Defender.

In line with Kahn’s successful track record in vehicle design, visual elements used in the Ultimate Defender capture subtle influences and recreate a resonant design with a contemporary feel, paying tribute to the impeccable history of this British icon.

Afzal Kahn explains: "I have designed a vehicle that celebrates the history and unique personality of the Defender.

“My designs are known for their attention to detail, so I didn't want this Defender to be any different.

“This is a fitting tribute to one of the world's best loved vehicles and I would welcome feedback from Defender owners and enthusiasts alike who are welcome to visit my Kings Road boutique in Chelsea.”

In a unique opportunity to collaborate on the final design Afzal Kahn will ask the British public to have their say on what additional features would complement the one-off vehicle.

Entries will be submitted on social media using the hashtag #UltimateDefender, with lucky fans being invited to see the Ultimate Defender, complete with the winning suggestions, when the vehicle is unveiled and offered for sale at The London Motor Show 2016.

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