Yorkshire firm’s £200k car has definite six appeal

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A Yorkshire firm has transformed the Land Rover Defender into a staggering SIX WHEEL model costing £200,000.

Jaguar Land Rover will stop building the Defender this year, almost 70 years after the first model rolled off the production line.

This is an “absolute tragedy”, according to Kahn Design, which has now built an eye-catching new car based on the Defender – only with 50 per cent more wheels.

The Flying Huntsman 110 WB 6x6 is around 1.4-metres longer than a normal Defender and 15cm wider.

It has been fitted with a 6.2-litre, 430bhp V8 engine and power is sent to all six wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The car is currently around two weeks away from being production ready and Kahn has given it a £200,000 price tag.

It hopes to sell around 25 of the off-roaders each year – and bosses are confident it will rival the £370,000 Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 in the madcap stakes.

Afzal Kahn, chief executive of the Bradford-based car firm, which has a new showroom on Kirkstall Road in Leeds, said: “If the Germans can do it then why can’t the British?

“We are a fully independent British car company and it is an exciting time. It is a full six-wheel drive car and will be ready in the next few weeks.

“The Land Rover Defender is one of my top five favourite cars. There is something about it that makes you smile – it demands respect.

“It is a shame that Land Rover is stopping production but there are plenty around for us to work on.

“With the Huntsman I set out to create something fashionable, iconic and revolutionary which carries on the spirit of the Defender. These days it’s not what you wear, it’s what you drive.”