Can you get 305bhp from a Defender? JE Motorworks think so!
Fancy pumping your Land Rover Defender with extra oomph? JE Motorworks are offering an all-out package to give your 2.3-litre Defender a boost â€“ and the order books are open!
As you may be aware, standard 2.3-litre Land Rover Defenders can measure their 0-60mph sprint on a sundial. But now there is a cure! The order books are open for JE MotorWorksâ€™ 305bhp/432Nm 2.3 EcoBoost Defender conversion â€“ giving your Defender more power than a Porsche 718 Cayman.
JE chairman, Jonathan Douglas, has confirmed that the first production car has successfully completed shakedown testing. Although best known for powering a range of Ford commercial vehicles â€“ mainly Transit vans, the 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine has proven remarkably apt for being tuned. Â
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â€˜The performance of the 2.3 EcoBoost would have been the stuff of science fiction when the first Defenders were designed and produced. But this motor has a feel of both belonging in the car, and being discreetly beyond expectation,â€™ Jonathan said.
â€˜The character is completely different from the diesels and V8s, but will appeal to audiences and markets who consider economy and emissions - relative, of course, in something as big as a Defender - to be of importance.â€™
â€˜And 305bhp alongside 432Nm are not to be sniffed at. After all, the 2.5 petrol Defender engine was 80bhp and 175Nm, the most recent diesel 122bhp and 360Nm.â€™
Established in 1975, JE specialises in the modification, enhancing and tuning of all contemporary petrol and diesel Land Rovers alongside classic Solihull models. Not only that, but the firmâ€™s Siskin Drive HQ, near Coventry Airport, bestows all manner of TVR and Ford models with injections of extra grunt. Oh yeah, and this 475bhp Zulu Defender...
â€˜Current-day demand dictates that every vehicle range needs to have a model that pushes emissions and economy to the fore,â€™ Johnathon continued. â€˜But a combination of JE know-how and engineering capability, and the availability of increasingly-impressive OE manufacturer powerplants, has led to our development of the Defender 2.3 Ecoboost.â€™
â€˜Basic 2.3 conversion - taking the original powerplant in exchange - is priced at Â£17,400 including VAT. Customers may wish to add brakes, suspension and other upgrades at extra cost. The inclusion of a Tiptronic 6-speed auto, taking the original gearbox in exchange, is Â£27,000 inclusive of VAT," said Jonathan.
â€˜We've customised and adapted several elements of the installation which actually help keep costs down.â€™
You can find out more when visiting the JE Engineering website.
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