Land Rover grants Bowler licence to keep building classic Defender
Land Rover has confirmed that it has granted off-road vehicle specialists Bowler Motors the licence to continue manufacturing the classic Defender.
Bowler, which is now owned by Jaguar Land Rover as part of its Special Vehicle Operations division, will now push forward to create a ‘new family of high-performance models’.
The first model it looks set to create will use the Defender 110’s body panels and combine it with Land Rover’s 567bhp supercharged V8 engine. It’ll be underpinned by one of Bowler’s tried-and-tested high-strength steel chassis.
Rendered images showcase a car with a high ride height and widened arches which will help it with difficult terrain, though it promises to have enough space for four people inside.
Michael van der Sande, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, said: “We’re excited to announce the first major project since our acquisition of Bowler.
“The ‘CSP 575’ will combine supercharged V8 performance and four-seat practicality with Bowler’s rally raid-proven CSP platform, broadening the appeal of the brand.
“This high-performance road-going model will sit alongside Bowler’s evolving range of rally raid models, which continue to enjoy success in the world’s toughest motorsport events.”
Calum McKechnie, general manager for Bowler Motors, said: “The Bowler name has stood for innovation for 35 years. The licence agreement to produce vehicles with the classic Defender shape gives us a unique opportunity. We’re excited to combine our motorsport experience with the expertise available from Special Vehicle Operations to produce a thrilling competition-inspired Defender 110 Station Wagon for the road.”
Prospective customers can enquire now, with limited production beginning in 2021 for UK and EU markets. Prices are expected to start from around £200,000.