Is there anything more thrilling than sitting behind the wheel of a classic Land Rover Defender? At ECD, we don’t think so. While there’s nothing better than cruising down the streets and backroads behind the wheel of a restored Defender, there are many decisions to make when customizing your own. One of the biggest considerations our clients have is which engine will power their Defender.
From a classic 300TDI engine to a Modern GM engine, ECD offers a variety of options on every custom Defender build. So, according to our clients, who comes out on top in a matchup between 300TDI Defenders vs. Modern GM Defenders? Read on to find out!
Following the technological and sales success of the 200TDI, Land Rover introduced the 300TDI engine to its lineup in 1994. The company used the 300TDI engine in the Defender, Discover, and Range Rover Classic models between 1994 and 2006. The term TDI refers to Turbocharged Direct Injection. At ECD, we have restored a number of Defenders with the classic 300TDI engine.
One of our featured 300TDI Defender builds is our restored Defender 110 project known as C2. The C2 is a unique 4-door soft-top build. This Defender 110 is painted in full gloss marine blue with black and silver accents all around. The vehicle sits on 16-inch wolf wheels and is finished in white with BFG all-terrain tires.
For the interior, project C2 features a Momo Indy Wood Steering Wheel with vintage gauges and four inward-facing jump seats in the load area. This build was meant to stay as close to the factory build as possible. Therefore, this 110 is powered by the original 300 TDI engine, which was skillfully rebuilt in-house at ECD with a four-speed Rover automatic transmission.
Along with the classic engine offerings, at ECD we offer our customers the opportunity to bring a modern edge to any custom Defender project. This means that any Defender project at ECD can be powered by a modern GM engine like the Chevrolet LS3 Engine, the Chevrolet LC9 Engine, the Chevrolet LS3 Engine with 565 HP, or the Chevrolet LT4 Engine.
One of our featured modern GM Defenders is Project Worth The Wait. In this custom rebuild, we take a vintage Defender 110 and power it with the powerful GM LT4 engine with eight-speed automatic transmission. For this project, we painted this powerful Defender 110 in full gloss British Racing Green with black accents. This vehicle sits on 18-inch car 1983 wheels with BFG all-terrain tires and features a six-point roll cage with a rear ladder.
Peaking into the interior of Project Worth The Wait, we find an Evander Wood Steering Wheel with vintage gauges and four inward-facing jump seats in the rear. Each seat in this vehicle is hand trimmed in Garrett Journey Scenic Trail Leather with woven maple waffle inserts stitched together in brown. For this client, this powerful custom defender was definitely “worth the wait.”
Another one of our featured GM Defenders is Project Rod. In this custom Defender build, we powered the vehicle with the modern LS3 Engine with 565 HP. It’s certainly one of our most powerful Defender projects with the modern GM engine and six-speed automatic transmission.
While what’s under the hood is powerful, the style of this classic Defender 110 is what really catches the eye. Project Rod is painted in full gloss Santorini Black with a Zermatt Silver roof. This vehicle sits on 20-inch Kahn Mondial Retro Wheels and 20-inch BFG all-terrain tires. This Defender 110 also features a six-point roll cage. In the interior, Project Rod features a Startech Land Rover Steering Wheel and American gauges. The vehicle also provides plenty of passenger room with two heated Puma classic front and middle-row seats with two inward-facing jump seats in the load area as well.
Now that you know a little bit more about what the classic 300 TDI Defenders and the Modern GM Defenders have to offer, you might be wondering which engine is best. But when it comes to the battle between 300TDI Defenders vs. Modern GM Defenders, it all comes down to preference.
If you’re looking to create a Defender as close to the original Defender as possible, you’d go with the 300TDI engine. On the flip side, if you’re looking to blend modern technology and power with the iconic Defender legacy, then you would opt for a Modern GM engine. However, no matter what engine option you choose, sitting behind the wheel of a customized vintage Defender will always be a good look.
Whether you decide to go with a classic 300TDI engine or a Modern GM engine in your custom Defender, ECD will be here to help turn your Defender dreams into a reality. As you decide what customizations you want to incorporate into your build, you can check out our portfolio of past builds or even use our online Defender builder to test some colors and styles for your Defender restoration project.
From classic to modern, whichever direction you want to take your custom build Defender, ECD can make it happen. So, are you ready to sit behind the wheel of a custom Defender built to your exact specifications? If so, contact us to find out how to start a custom Defender build today!
Feel free to contact ECD Automotive Design today, and you’ll embark on a journey filled with boundless possibilities for tailoring your automotive dreams. Our team of experts is eager to collaborate with you, ensuring that your vehicle reflects your unique style and preferences. With ECD, your automotive vision becomes a reality.
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