Porsche Reveals Their Record-Breaking Cayenne Turbo GT Coupe

Should we consider this new Product from Stuttgart’s finest a surprise? I think not. Contrary to what the opponents in this segment aimed for, the Cayenne Turbo GT is a little distinct with the focus being on maximum cornering performance. It certainly isn’t the most powerful in the Porsche SUV range, overwhelmed by the 690 hp E-Hybrid variant but it has a different purpose. One of which was to dethrone its cousin, the Audi RS Q8, as the fastest SUV around the Nurburgring. While it did 7:42.2, the latter shaved off 3.3 seconds with a stunning time of 7:38.9 and it was driven by Porsche’s test driver, Lars Kern.

The carmaker serves different dishes on a single platter to please the masses and some may not see the difference but the true observers notice the contrasting cuisine. The GT Coupe is much more grounded with the primary focus on the suspension to prevent body roll and maximise the available grip. Tackling one of the most gruelling tracks on Planet Earth with a car that is that big in size requires absolute precision and engineering, something Porsche doesn’t lack at all.

The handling isn’t the only thing that makes this quick SUV tick, it’s also what is under the bonnet and it is rather familiar. It is the same engine that took the RS Q8 to those same heights, a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with reworked internals including the pistons, timing chain, crankshaft, intercooler, induction and fuel injection system. This boosted the power output to 641 hp (471 kW) and 850 Nm of torque, as well as the sprint time to 100 km/h which sits at 3.3 seconds. Now, to put it into perspective, that’s faster than the Lamborghini Urus and Dodge Durango Hellcat. Aiding with some assistance to reach that kind of acceleration is an 8-speed Tiptronic S gearbox which is even faster and has additional water cooling for the transfer case. It’s absolutely insane and it can go even further, topping it off at 300 km/h.

We kept emphasizing the handling and never mentioned how it achieves it and why. Well, firstly the suspension has been lowered by 17 millimetres, the rigidity of the three-chamber air suspension increased by 15%, sportier damping on the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), and the application of power steering plus. All of that calibrated together promises a taut track experience and we cannot forget to mention the specially modified chassis to suit the driving characteristics.

The Torque Vectoring system has been tinkered with to be more higher torque bias with sending power to the wheels which may be ideal to be sent to the front axle as both it and the wheels on it have been changed. The wheels are much wider and the negative chamber increased by 0.45-degrees, whilst wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tyres.

On the subject of looks, there isn’t much to gaze at except for the little details to help you identify it. A new colour that is available for the Turbo GT Coupe is Arctic Grey presented on these press images. There is an additional front spoiler lip, the air intakes have been enlarged and the carbon roof features contoured elements. The 22-inch GT Design wheels are finished in Neodyme. The rear flaunts twin-exhaust sport pipes which come as standard and an electrically retractable spoiler that is 22 millimetres longer than the Turbo Coupe’s one, and it helps to generate 40 kilograms of downforce at high speeds.

The inside is less of a hardcore look and more of delicacy to sit four people while lapping racetracks at peak pace. The seats are perforated with Alcantara on the seat centre panels and contrast accents in Neodyme or Artic Grey. The multifunction steering wheel has a yellow 12 o’clock marking with accent strips finished in matte Black. It comes with Porsche’s latest PCM 6.0 infotainment system that has been integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The new Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT Coupe might just be the peak of the Cayenne plaque and the last hurrah of this generation but is it really necessary for it to even exist? Most definitely. It expands the choice and keeps the customers interested in their larger vehicles. Prices for South Africa start at R3 350 000 and it will be available for sale in September 2021.

Source: Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT Coupe Press Release

The Polo GTI Is Unveiled

The Polo recently received a facelift and so has the GTI, SA’s beloved hot hatchback. We have to admit that it has dominated the segment it’s in for quite a while now and most of its competition has bowed out altogether from the South African Market. The Ford Fiesta ST, the Renault Clio RS, not even the new Hyundai i20 N dares to make an appearance. So, you’d think a mild makeover would just be satisfyingly enough for Volkswagen to call it a day? Not at all because it has been beautified and crammed with the latest tech and features.

This is just a quick overview of what one may expect from the facelift and it is all similar to the normal Polo. It gets IQ.Drive Travel Assist that can do the steering, braking and accelerating at speeds of up to 210 km/h with the help of the standard lane assist and optional Adaptive Cruise Control. The latest infotainment system now with an 8-inch touchscreen and accompanied by the 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro, comes with WeConnect Plus. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now wireless.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine also gets a boost in power which now produces 204 hp (152 kW) and 320 Nm of torque. All the power goes to the front wheels and it is shifted through a 7-speed DSG transmission.

The exterior sees an exciting change with the front receiving the IQ.Light module with matrix LED headlights and it can be spotted with the bar light on the upper radiator grille. The GTI specific bumper has been redesigned with a bit of grunt added to it and the fog lights shaped in honeycomb style. The side profile can be seen with 17-inch wheels as standard and an upgrade to 18-inch wheels is available. The rear has newly designed LED taillights, twin exhaust tailpipes and a somewhat body-colored diffuser.

The cabin follows a GTI theme of Black, Red and Grey colour combo that can be seen on the instrument panel, dashboard, seats and gear knob. The optional Beats sound system with 300 watts and six speakers is available.

The facelifted Polo GTI is set to arrive in South Africa in the first quarter of 2022.

Source: Volkswagen Polo GTI press release  

The New Volkswagen Multivan Takes Shape

Let me address firstly that the new Multivan doesn’t necessarily replace the current Transporter generation but only the Caravelle trim which is the top of the range, luxurious spec model. The two-tone paint gave it away at first glance, well at least a hint or idea. This futuristic look is not only promising you the attention you’ll get on the road while driving but also new technological equipment and improved creature comfort features.

It now sits on the MQB platform, matching with all the rest of the modern Volkswagen cars and it departs from the Transporter platform. This comes with the means of lightness, improved structural rigidity and improved safety. The exterior design even adopts the current look of the Caddy but that has been the case before with the previous models as well. The Multivan is the first VW Commercial Vehicle to offer a hybrid powertrain in the line-up with the aim to improve fuel efficiency and power.

Design

A Van is notably known for its boxy shape that is in essence all for function and less for looks but this new design for the Multivan now sits in the middle, balancing the two aspects. It is much sleeker and features a well sculptured surface that improves the aerodynamics. The overall size of the Van is larger with the length improved by 69 millimetres and the width by 37 millimetres but the height has been reduced by 87 millimetres to smoothen out the airflow from the front windshield towards the roofline.

This affects the cabin space whereby the maximum luggage space with second row and third row seats removed provides a maximum of 3672 litres and 469 litres is available with all seats in place. The A-pillar has been designed to be much slimmer to improve visibility and eliminate a huge blindspot for the driver.

The front sports a different look with all the parts reduced to a smaller size that makes it attractive. The grille and the lights are cojoined with an LED lightbar that acts as a daytime-running light and it can also be seen on other various Volkswagen models such as the new Golf and Caddy. Inside the new headlight design are LED lights that come as standard and the IQ Light technology is optional. And speaking about things that are not standard, the optional panoramic glass roof which is made with LowE laminated safety glass, reduces incoming thermal radiation by 44%.

The towing capacity is rated up to 2000 kilograms depending on the engine and trim model between the base model called ‘Multivan’, Life and Style. The top of the range ‘Style’ is clearly suited with ease-of-use features such as an electrically-operated tailgate and power sliding doors that can be opened through gesture controls.

Engines

The eHybrid powertrains officially debuts on the Commercial Vehicles line-up starting with the Multivan and it is a 1.4 TSI engine that produces 148 hp (110 kW) alone and gets a power boost from an 85 kW electric motor powered by a 13 kWh battery pack. In total, the output is 215 hp (160 kW) and it demands a special made 6-speed DSG transmission to manage the transition of engine and electric power effectively.

There are still three other engine options to choose from, with the standard one being a 1.5 TSI producing 134 hp (100 kW) and a 2.0 TSI with 201 hp (150 kW). The 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine with 148 hp (110 kW) will follow later on in the year. All engines mentioned will power the front-wheels only via a 7-speed DSG as standard.

Interior

The inside receives the modern Volkswagen design with the updated 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit alongside a head-up display and the 10-inch infotainment system with Discover Media interface as standard and Discover Pro Navigation is optional. All the buttons to control the air-condition, seat heating and audio volume are touch sensitive, makes for a daunting experience. WeConnect Plus is available to use on the smartphone to unlock and lock the vehicle, check fuel level and other vital information, and USB-C charging ports come as standard whilst wireless charging is optional.

There is no centre console as now the handbrake is electric and the gear selector is a small knob placed on the dash. The passengers will be glad to occupy a space of comfort with a table that sits on the second row and can move to the third row as well. The table has three cupholders, a storage bin, adjustable height and can be removed all together, the same way the 5 seats can be removed as well. The enjoyment of music will be courtesy of the 14-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system with an 840-watt amp.

Safety equipment that come as standard include Front Assist area monitoring system which includes City Emergency Braking, Dynamic Road Sign Display and Lane Assist. The optional IQ.Drive Travel Assist comes with predictive Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist to help with long distance drives. It is also available with Area View that is a 360-degree camera to help with manoeuvring and parking. Car2X allows communication with other vehicles and infrastructure that have the same system and it provides warnings about accidents ahead, traffic lights and exit warning system.

There is no word on when the Multivan will launch in South Africa.

Source: Volkswagen Multivan

The X3 & X4 LCI Revealed Alongside The M Variants

The Life Cycle Impulse, every BMW after a few years in production from its initial date of the reveal will receive a facelift which they call an LCI and the compact X crossovers were in line for that makeover. The X3 was already fine but personally, the X4 needed that the most and the refreshed look don’t disappoint at all. Both still recognizable as appearing the same on the front end but different towards the rear with the sloping roofline of the X4. And it is best to mention how aggressive the M variants look compared to the pre-facelifts and clearly, you can see where the influence comes from.

Let’s first take a look at the changes of the X3 and X4, and straight away the goal was to make things slimmer and sleeker. The headlights for example are narrow in size with the adoption of LED headlights as standard, the adaptive lights with Matrix function are optional and if you need to shine your lights to a further 650 meters, the laserlights cost as an extra option on top. Between the headlights is an enlarged kidney grille which is tolerable to the eye compared to what you find on the 4 Series, and it is 10 millimeters flatter.

The redesigned front apron features vertical side air intakes arranged in a triangular manner for the standard model whilst the M sport variant has larger air inlets finished in high gloss black, as well as the window graphics, roof rails and the kidney grille. The hybrid version sports a BMW i emblem on the front wing with the BMW logo having a circular blue aura. The rear of the X3 and X4 have redesigned rear aprons and 3D modeled taillights and horizontal turn signals integrated in filigree style. Wheels that are available as standard are 19 inches in size, in a Y-spoke design finished in Midnight Grey Bicolor, with 20-inch and 21-inch sizes available as options.

There are three petrol engines and three diesel engines available as standard with an 8-speed automatic, a 48-volt mild hybrid system and xDrive. The xDrive20i and xDrive30i produce 181 hp (135 kW) and 241 hp (180 kW) respectively from a 2.0-litre turbopetrol 4-cylinder. The high-powered M40i retains the 3.0-litre straight-six turbo B58 engine with 355 hp (265 kW), capable of a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 4.9 seconds.

The diesel forms comprise of the xDrive20d: 188 hp (140 kW), xDrive30d: 282 hp (210 kW) and an M40d with 335 hp (250 kW). The xDrive30e is only available on the X3 and it has a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine mated to an electric motor and jointly they produce 288 hp (215 kW), with a range of 50 kilometers on electric power alone.

Moving on to the truculent fascia of these models are the X3 M and X4 M competition flaunting a redesigned front look inspired by the G8x models. The kidney grille is larger and designed in a one-piece frame and carrying X3 M & X4 M logos. The slimmer headlight design has LED lights with Matrix function as standard, with laserlights being an optional extra. The major difference departing from the predecessor is the front apron with vertically arranged side air intakes angled towards the spoiler lip.

The taillights are newly designed and surrounded in black tint and shifting towards the lower rear apron is a bumper part finished in high gloss black in M specific design. Occupying that area is a larger diffuser flanked on the right and left by the tailpipes of the M Sport exhaust system finished in black chrome. The M Compound Brakes are visible, bearing the M logo and surrounded by the 21-inch M forged alloy wheels finished in Jet Black. The notable V-spoke alloys in the same size and finish are still available. New colours include Sao Paulo Yellow as seen on the X4 M Competition and M Marina Bay Blue metallic on the X3 M Competition.

Still in the engine bay is the S58 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six with the same power output of 510 hp (375 kW) but an increase in torque by 50 Nm, totalling it to 650 Nm. This improves the acceleration to 100 km/h by 0.3 seconds as it now sits at 3.8 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h but can be increased to 285 km/h with the M driver’s package. BMW promises that these cars will be more agile, responsive and handle better thanks to the centrally controlled M xDrive system with Active M Differential that ensures loss-free transmission of engine power.

The major interior changes only comprise of the modern BMW screens such as the Central Display in 10.25 inches as standard and the 10.25-inch digital instrument screen with BMW Live Cockpit Plus as standard. Both screens can be optionally increased to 12.3 inches and feature updated software with over-the-air updates. The other part offered is extra ambient lighting, electroplated trim elements on the air vents and 3-zone climate control. Most of the cabin changes are similar between the normal X3 & X4 and the M models but the X3 M & X4 M Competition get M sport seats with electronically adjustable headrests and illuminated M logos as standard. The seats are covered in Merino leather in four colour combinations and this material extends to the steering wheel with M tri-colour stitching.

The facelift X3 and X4 are expected to be launched in August 2021 with the South African introduction probably happening in September 2021.

Source: BMW X3 & X4 LCI Press Release; BMW X3 M & BMW X4 M Competition LCI Press Release

Toyota Unveils The Land Cruiser 300 Series

To think that Toyota is only replacing the comfort-oriented Land Cruiser after 13 years of the ongoing model shows how good it was in the market. The nameplate however is 70 years old, catering for different kinds of variants that existed with that name such as bakkies, SUVs and two-door SUVs. All combined have sold 10.4 million units in 170 countries and regions, serving as one of the best-selling models by the Japanese carmaker. The models stood strong in the market all these years because of the robustness, safety and most importantly the reliability that came with the package. Customers knew very well that they were buying into years of “not being let down” because these things can go on forever.

Those who purchase a Land Cruiser are looking for a vehicle that will go anywhere and not break a sweat while at the job. That’s why organizations in the humanitarian aid department buy it, including rescue teams and people in the farming business, it really is good for all sorts of applications. A banger when off-roading and still a good companion on tar road as well. For the new 300 Series, the strong points such as the diff system, ladder frame chassis and suspension have been well improved and it inherits all the Land Cruiser’s characteristics with an addition of modern technologies. New look aside because it is still recognizable in this stature.

Design

Modern times demand the use of new platforms and for the 300 Series they are using a GA-F platform comprising of a body-on-frame structure, same as the old one, but based on the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) and that is a manner of not erasing most of its qualities. With the use of this platform, the overall weight has reduced by 200 kilograms over its predecessor and dictates a lower center of gravity and an improved suspension infrastructure. All of these aspects are clearly directed towards the refinement of the components that make it a Land Cruiser in that sense.

They promise an easy-to-drive experience and convenience in all-terrain conditions with the aid of features such as the E-KDSS (Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System), Multi-Terrain Monitor & Select which automatically change the driving modes according to the road conditions and adopts the capabilities effectively.

Not much can be said about the exterior look only for the fact that it is similar to the facelifted 200 Series but with a slimmer headlight design, big chrome grille, huge creases on the hood, rear taillights redesign, and you cannot even have a sense of doubt to see that this is not a Land Cruiser. A GR Sportline package will be offered as well if ever the standard look doesn’t move you.

Engines

There’s a new engine with two less cylinders departing from the conventional V8 engine and two turbos for good measure. In full, it is a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission that’s available in petrol and in 3.3-litre displacement in the diesel engine. The engine surely promises fewer emissions, efficiency and responsiveness, and not forgetting less weight. It should as well be reliable as the last one and provide endless miles that will be put on it.

For the petrol variant, it produces 409 hp (305 kW) and 650 Nm of torque and the diesel variant sits at 304 hp (227 kW) and 700 Nm of torque. A 6-speed automatic trim with a naturally aspirated V6 engine will be available in selected regions around the world. The V6 engine has been proven to be smooth, strong and linear with power delivery, so it should be well in place to satisfy the driver.

Interior

The interior looks high-end at first glance. The big infotainment screen, the plush leatherette on the seats and dash, the silver details, the use of wood on the centre console and roomy space shows how serious Toyota wants their flagship SUV to excel. They even included the latest Toyota Safety Sense which entails the pre-collision system that detects pedestrians and cyclists even in the nighttime. It also has Emergency steering and crash avoidance function, and Parking Support Brake.

The Land Cruiser 300 Series is expected to launch in South African in August 2021 with prices and more details to be announced towards the launch date.

Source: Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series

The Rimac Nevera With Nearly 2000 hp Is Revealed

Month after month, prototypes after prototypes, jumping from one tease to another and finally, Rimac has unveiled the Nevera which remains a heavily developed Concept Two but let’s just get that out of the way. So, this is an electric hypercar with a bunch of electric motors and over 1000 hp at its disposal, nothing new about it as many such as this have revealed those stats like the Lotus Evija. However, unlike the latter, the Nevera actually works and is production ready.

The name of the car ‘Nereva’ is dubbed as the reflection of the prodigious performance the car can unleash in the blink of an eye and you better believe them on that as several on YouTube videos have revealed its sub 2 seconds sprint time and a quarter-mile time of under 8 seconds. The combination of downforce, lightness and low-end torque of the electric motors results in a dish that is delicate yet shoves an immense scorching taste. This is a recipe that will excite you on paper and when it is time to experience the car. Its incredible performance seems like we are nearing the peak of what cars can be capable of and it brings out the question of whether it is necessary to keep going and increasing power or end it here.

Powertrain

First we need to discuss what propels this spaceship, and it’s all a familiar concept but with a few differences here and there. This electric powertrain has been used before on other Rimac models and for the Nevera it has been reworked with four electric motors on each wheel and two single-speed gearboxes on each axle. The 120 kWh battery pack is positioned at the very lowest point of the chassis in an H-shaped cell configuration which improves the centre of gravity, and the battery’s temperatures are managed through liquid cooling solutions.

The power output is way beyond what many car manufacturers could ever achieve, being with an engine or other means of powering a car because the Croatian boys have managed to extract 1914 hp (1427 kW) and 2360 Nm of torque, and the maximum power is available on your right foot most of the time as they state that the electric motors are 97% efficient and completely maintenance-free throughout their operating life, no need for a wrench in the boot.

With that amount of power, obviously that brings incredible performance figures and a range of 547 kilometres on a single charge. The 0-100 km/h time is done in 1.97 seconds, 0-161 km/h in 4.3 seconds and 0-300 km/h in 9.3 seconds. The top speed is 402 km/h which is on par with most petrol-powered hypercars and this makes the Nevera the fastest electric production car by top speed and the second fastest accelerating production car on the market, but wait there’s more. The quarter-mile time it set is 8.62 seconds, the fastest of any car available on sale.

The car came in bold, set a benchmark and made a statement that should stand until the next manufacturer responds. Furthermore, it has adapted several chassis implementations fusing the liquid cooling system with the carbon monocoque adding 37% to the overall stiffness, the battery pack being shifted a bit to the rear of the car accounts for a 48/52 front/rear weight distribution, enough to give the rear wheels more grip and the All-Wheel Torque Vectoring system does a precise distribution of torque to all wheels and overall improving handling and stability.

Design

The first Rimac being the Concept One was revealed back in 2011, laying the groundwork design of the company’s future models and the Nevera encompasses that design lively, only with a deployable rear wing. To make it as slippery as possible while punching through the air, they had to be smart with crafting the shape of the body panels. This includes the bonnet, inlets and cooling channels, splitters, and diffusers, leading to a 34% improvement in the overall downforce and aerodynamic works.

The drag coefficient is 0.3 thanks to the active underbody flap, rear diffuser and rear wing which can change the car’s characteristics from high downforce to low downforce. The lightness comes in a form of bonding the carbon roof, battery pack and rear carbon subframe to make one unit that weighs less than 200 kilograms. Stopping power is achieved by 390 mm Brembo carbon-ceramic brake discs and six-piston calipers which work in hand with the regenerative braking system that provides 300 kW from the electric motors.

The car will come with something called the ‘AI Driver Coach’ that will help drivers to extract the maximum performance from the Nevera and leave no stone unturned. It uses 12 ultrasonic sensors, 13 cameras and 6 radars to collect all the driving data and ‘coach’ the driver on how to drive better.

Interior

The trend of triple screens in the cabin seemed to have found its way to the Nevera with one being the instrument cluster featuring a cockpit layout for both comfort and track mode. The centre infotainment screen has a wide array of features including the display for the climate control and the third screen is for the passenger to view the speed because the immense acceleration will push the passenger into their seat and there won’t be time to lean over to view it from the driver’s screen, only from the display in front of them.

Apart from the screens, the driver is met with aluminium rotary controls and switches and real-time telemetry that is downloadable to a laptop or smartphone.

Only 150 examples will be made and each will cost €2 million (R33 631 720).

Source: Rimac Nevera Press Release

The Ford F-150 Lightning Finally Revealed

‘F-150 is now electric’, ‘The lightning name is back’, ‘The F-Series charges up’, some of the many headlines on the internet for this highly anticipated pick-up truck. Not so surprising as the F-150 is America’s best-selling vehicle and every change it receives, no matter how small or big it is, be sure that it will be on every media publication’s articles. The switch to an electric platform doesn’t mean the petrol and diesel powered variants are completely written off, well at least for now. With the $20 billion investment for Ford electric vehicles, it is quite evident that the day of extinction for the fossil fuel motor is coming.

The F-150 Lightning is the latest legendary Ford model turned electric and it joins the Mustang Mach-E and Transit van in this transition. And staying true to the EV philosophy of being green, the Lightning will be built at Ford’s high-tech factory using sustainable manufacturing practices.

Launching the truck, Ford kept bragging about how quickly it launches off the line, how ironic. There are two electric motors, one on each axle available for all trim models namely the XLT, Lariat and the top spec Platinum model. The first two trims gain a power output of 426 hp (310 kW) and the latter has 563 hp (420 kW) and 1051 Nm of torque. It accelerates from 0-97 km/h in 4.5 seconds which makes it one of the quickest pick-up trucks on the market putting it on par with the RAM TRX, goes to show how beneficial the instant torque from the electric motors can do.

And the motors working overtime to provide the performance require a liquid cooling system to ease the temperature levels whenever they near the haywire point. The underbody panelling shields the batteries which can be located right under the rear passenger seating. The standard model has a range of 370 kilometres whilst the extended-range model has a range of 483 kilometres, both on a single charge.

The maximum payload is rated at 907 kilograms which is just a shy of 210 kilograms less than the normal F-150. However, it still can tow as much as what you would except from an F-Series Truck, about 4 500 kilograms of towing capacity. And it also dawns an independent rear suspension which is a first for the F-150. The design aspect is visually the same but it has an LED strip light on the front grille without any opening for cooling because there’s no engine, meaning the engine compartment has been turned into a storing compartment. Well, call it a frunk with a load capacity of 181 kilograms and a space of 400 litres.

The interior sports a digital instrument cluster, a 15.5-inch touchscreen with SYNC4A infotainment system that has a smartphone-like interface showing recently used apps at the bottom of the screen. It comes with in-car WiFi and over-the-air updates to quickly solve any bugs that might lag the screen. The Pro Power Onboard system debuts on the Ford Lightning and it has a maximum power output of 9.6 kW which is enough to power a whole house. The power can be accessed through the 240V and four 120V outlets in the truck’s bed.

Orders are already available and it expected to be on sale in spring 2022.

Source: Ford F-150 Lightning Press Release

A Defender With A Bit Of Rust To Look Good

This is something that stands on the eccentric side as far as car aesthetics go because one of the many things that annoy car owners is rust, so why would you want it? Well, surely this Land Rover has rust on it for a reason and weirdly enough, it was commissioned by one of Neils Van Roij Design’s customers and they’ve stuck with it.

Upon that request, a unique metal-binding technology was developed and it allowed them to spray it on all types of metal that can be found on the exterior and interior surfaces. Spraying a thin layer of aluminium, brass, bronze, zinc or gold on a material can guarantee that it will hold its qualities for 20 years, meaning that is more than the average car ownership period.

After the whole process, the designers can also brush, polish, sand and oxidize the material to make it look attractive to the eye. The Land Rover Defender on these images has that application on the bonnet diamond plates and side vents, giving it a much heritage look. They can let the plates rust and halt the rust at any moment if required, then the process of oxidizing can be done to protect the surface.

These mods match the grey metallic body paint and the look becomes badass with the fitment of the 22-inch Black Crow forged alloy wheels. The interior is covered in brown leatherette material on the seats and instrument panel. It is up to the customer how they want their car customized and the rust can be applied anywhere they want on the car, even the cabin.

Source: Heritage Customs Rust on Land Rover Defender

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