For the previous years, East Coast Defender has been dishing out irresistible Land Rover Defender set-ups. It does seem like the company has been stocking up on ideas since the SUV was introduced to the automotive world in 1948. ECD has gifted us with beauties like the Corvette-powered Project XIII and the Beast. Only recently, it has conceived a Defender so potent that the company made a whole new division only for it. The Project Viper provides the common V8 upgrade and up to date tech, but is also geared to swallow obstacles with a single bite while slithering its way in and out of distant roads.
With a cool name like Project Viper, one is probably imagining a low and sinister build paired with a snake badge and a robust V10 engine. But we hate to burst your bubble as we are not talking about the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, instead we will set our sights on a macho build as ECD combined a Chevrolet LS3 V8 with a revolutionary off-roader that’s highly based its design and inspiration from the Land Rover Defender.
The vehicle in question is dubbed the "Project Viper", and is the brainchild of Ultimate Vehicle Concept division of East Coast Defenders, a niche builder located in Kissimmee, Florida that creates custom-built Land Rover Defenders. In this case, the American company built from the ground up the potent sports-utility vehicle that is not hindered by creative blocks or finance.
In fact, the Project Viper cost a cool $285,000 to complete. Scott Wallace, co-owner of East Coast Defender, said in a press release that Project Viper is their first custom SUV to come from the new UVC division, and they came up with the UVC in response to the overwhelming demand from various clients who are looking for a pure, handcrafted SUV that is not bound by a specific bill of materials or budget.
He further added that with one-of-one custom builds like the Viper, the team is pushing the creative envelope with larger, more competent trucks that marks their heritage with added daily comfort and dependability. The exquisite Project Viper's goodies directly embody what Wallace specifically describes. The custom-built Land Rover is equipped with a 6.2 L LS3 V8 that produces 430 hp that is delivered through a 6-speed automatic transmission to either the rear or all four 20-inch wheels covered with Nitto Mud Grappler tires.
The vehicle also has a custom suspension that has off-road specs, LED lamps at the front and rear and a WARN winch located on the front bumper. For extra safety, the whole SUV is fitted with an external roll cage. Inside, drivers will enjoy luxurious novelties like the touchscreen infotainment system with a GPS and reverse camera, power windows, air conditioning, remote locking with an alarm, mood lighting and leather heated premium Corbeau seats. The Project Viper's truck bed also flaunts a diamond plate liner with built in toolboxes and seating.
If you are interested in getting your own custom built Project Viper, you can purchase it for a cool $300,000. ECD will only spawn 10 of the custom Defenders, so you must be quick before it is sold out.