Automotive designer Afzal Kahn is a true petrolhead. Through the Chelsea Truck Company, the founder of the Kahn group of companies transforms the iconic Land Rover Defender from a rugged off-road machine into a stylish urban explorer. Take the Chelsea Wide Track tuning package as a case in point.
Built in 2012 and showing just 25,000 miles (40,233 km) on the odometer, the Land Rover Defender at hand is a 90 Hard Top with all the bells and whistles of the Chelsea Wide Track treatment. Despite the apparently exorbitant price of£29,875 (approximately $44,905), you do get a neat plaything for the money.
The extended front and rear wheel arches are beautified with exposed bolt apertures, while toughness exudes from the front bumper sump guard and the vents on the sides and hood. The Chelsea Wide Track package also adds a bumper that incorporates shadow chrome headlights with daytime running lights and a color-matched X-Lander grille.
Other than the Chelsea Truck Company spare wheel cover, the finishing touch for the exterior comes in the guise of a set of 8×18-inch 1983 RS Defend wheels in Satin Black, wrapped in 265/65 tires. As for the cabin design, the British tuning specialist decided to go for plush Sports GTB seats trimmed in perforated leather with quilted accents.
The billet steering wheel and aluminum foot pedals ensure a more engaging driving experience. A Churchill time clock integrated into the dashboard acts as the finishing touch of the Chelsea Wide Track. A 2.2-liter turbo diesel lump with 122 PS and 360 Nm (265 lb-ft) of torque acts as the business end of this Landie.
On an ending note, the Land Rover Defender is and always will be an iconic vehicle, especially after production stops at the Solihull plant in the United Kingdom. According to sources, the all-new generation is internally known as the L663 and it is slated to start production in the second half of 2017. Until that moment comes, Land Rover will present the all-new Defender as a concept in 2016.